I am going rogue today for the Friday 5 Link Up.
The topic is Food & Drink, but I just don't have anything to say about Food & Drink today. (But as I write this post, I am stuffing my face with a turkey sausage.)
Instead, I am going to tell you 5 Things About My Marathon Pace Run. You are reading this on Friday, which means the run was yesterday. But as I write this, the run ended two and a half hours ago.
1. The workout: 1 mile w/u & c/d, 8 miles @ 7:49 pace. Due to the fact that I lost my freaking Garmin, I was forced to do this workout on the treadmill at Planet Fitness. Honestly, I don't know how I could have done it outside anyway considering it was 95 degrees. However, it wasn't much cooler in the gym...
2. Yo Planet Fitness, can you turn the a/c up!? I was already really hot by the time my warm up was over. During my second MP mile I developed a slight side stitch. By my fifth MP mile I was soaked to the bone with sweat. I looked like I had jumped in a pool.
3. I needed a break to cool off. After 6 MP miles, I did a couple walking laps around the gym and splashed some cold water on my face. I simply had to cool down or things weren't going to be good.
4. A lot was riding on this workout. My first month of Hansons training went really well. Then I got PF and was out for about a week. I spent the next 2-3 weeks after that just trying to catch up without making the PF come back.
Fair or not, I established that if I couldn't do this run, I wasn't going to do the marathon. I'm just running out of time here and my performance on this week's and next week's SOS workouts are very, very important in determining whether I can actually do this freaking race.
5. I wanted to quit after the first MP mile. How did I push through? I told myself, okay, you have two options:
A. One hour from now you will have completed a very difficult workout.
B. One hour from now you will no longer be marathon training.
I can endure anything for an hour, right? My mind and heart can, but I don't know if my body can. Which brings me to my last point...
6. I feel great that I made it through the workout without quitting, but the real test is tomorrow. Is my PF going to come back? What about the PIMA? How is my knee going to feel? If I wake up tomorrow and feel like I got hit by a train, I'll have some thinking to do...
Have you ever given up on a race halfway through the training plan?