Week 11 was certainly a doozy. The best thing I could compare it to is a a crazy roller coaster. Up, down, upside down, and repeat. Of course, I was on the road for much of the week, but that didn’t stop my week from starting on a high note. Spring really snuck in last week and I planned to take full advantage of it. In fact, when I actually packed for my trip, I only packed shorts and tanks/short sleeves! Amazing how much extra room I had in my suitcase when I don’t have to pack 3 to 4 layers for each run.
I normally do my long weekday run on Wednesday, but since I had plans then and more time on Tuesday, I switched it up. When I’ve run before in Cleveland, I’ve never really found good areas to run in. Since I planned on 8 miles, I did a little scouting beforehand. The plan was to do head through the city to the back side of the Browns stadium and then down Marginal Rd, which is parallel to a small airport, and then come back. Instead, I ended up running out to 55th Street and came back via St. Clair Avenue. It wasn’t necessarily the best area to run in, but I felt fine and no one bothered me. Of course, if you read my post from Friday, that was far from how my run was on Wednesday.
Even though that run on Thursday had some of my fastest miles (9:47, 9:15, 8:55 and 8:20 were my splits) in a long time, it was certainly marred by my experience with that total stranger. What has been amazing though is all of the comments, tweets, messages and texts I have gotten from so many people to say they they’ve experienced something like that as well. However, I got even more messages from people telling me how strong of a woman I am and how beautiful I am. Needless to say, I felt so loved and all of those messages truly helped pick me up!
Tuesday: 8 miles, 1:21:01, 10:08/mile
Wednesday: 4 miles, 36:19, 9:05/mile
Thursday: 2.1 miles, 21:43, 10:20/mile
Saturday: RnR DC Half Marathon, 2:20:28
Total Miles: 27.2 miles
The weekend brought me half marathon #22. It’s hard to believe that since I started this journey in 2012, I’ve run 22 half marathons. What’s crazier though, is that 80% of those have come since late 2014. Lauren and I headed to DC for the weekend to both tackle the Rock ‘n Roll DC half. Since this was the last long run before my 50k on Saturday, I didn’t plan to really push the pace, so I was pretty happy finishing at a 2:20:28. It was a course PR by about a minute as well. The best part though is that my mile splits were were pretty consistent. The biggest outlier of course was the crazy big hill at mile 6.
Well, now the focus is on Saturday. It’s probably a little weird to be running a 50k as I am training for several marathons, but I’m going to give it a shot! The only goal for this upcoming Saturday is to finish in one piece. I’ll have a great group of people out there to support me, but if you find yourself bored, feel free to come out and either cheer me on or even run a lap or 2 with me! Race starts at 8am and it’s 6 loops around North Park! It should be an interesting day.