Based on last week, maybe I can run a marathon in 7 weeks. I had another solid week of training and was able to put up 30 miles. It’s always a great feeling when not only can I get to that mark but they are all good miles as well. I really am liking this approach to hit 3 runs with a push to the 4th if it happens. There is a lot less pressure to get 5 runs in and honestly, while the number runs is less, the miles are better quality.
With the Thanksgiving holiday and being off Thursday and Friday, I pulled my long run in to run on Friday. I had plans to get away Friday to Saturday so it just made sense to get it done. I did 17 miles all around 6 different neighborhoods in the East End. It was so nice to run in different areas and even run a lot of the back half of the Pittsburgh Marathon course. I practically felt by myself most of the run as there was hardly anyone out there. As for the run itself, I couldn’t have asked for a better 17 miler. This was the longest distance I had put up all year and I felt strong for it. I wasn’t necessarily all over the place for my pace either. Sure, wasn’t great, but I am doing my best to work on it. The best part though is that I didn’t do my normal walk/run. Instead, I mimicked what I would see at a race and took a 30-45 second walk break about every 1.5-2 miles as I would during a water stop. Needless to say, this was a great confidence booster!
Monday: 30 mins elliptical + 30 mins weights
Tuesday: 5 miles, 53:38, 10:44/mile
Thursday: 5 miles, 56:55, 11:23/mile
Friday: 17 miles, 3:24:37, 12:03/mile
Saturday: Mecation Day!
Sunday: 3 miles, 32:57, 10:59/mile
Total Miles: 30 miles
For the weekend, I headed down to the Laurel Highlands on Friday to visit two of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. I’ve lived in Pittsburgh over 10 years now and had never visited either house. They are only about 90 minutes away so I thought this was a great time to take this little mecation, relax and enjoy what the area has to offer. It was only one night away, but it was nice to just get away and not worry about anything. It was great to tour both houses in one day. Overall, Fallingwater was certainly my favorite, but there were a lot of things at Kentuck Knob that I loved. I certainly would have loved a Frank Lloyd Wright house. I honestly could not say enough amazing things about both properties. I would love to visit Fallingwater during other seasons as well. I am sure each season brings it’s own beauty to the property.