Philly Marathon Training W9D3
Remember how on Monday I said that I should be grateful for the 5:30 wake up? Today is why. Today was a 3:15 wake up to get my 8 mile marathon pace (tempo) run in. I am not telling you what time I got up to earn praise or pity, it is more for myself so that I can remind myself how much I worked and that it is possible to get it done.
You may wonder why on earth I would get up so early. Why not just run after work? I do it for a few reasons:
1) No excuses. I do not want to skip runs because “I don’t have the time.” I make the time. I want to get to that starting line knowing that I gave everything I had in training.
2) To the extent possible, I don’t want to miss any of my kids’ games or dinners with my family. I don’t want my kids to ever feel that they were second to my running.
3) My family didn’t sign up for this marathon. My boss didn’t sign up for this marathon. I did. So, to the extent that I can get my training done without creating much of a ripple into my family or work lives, that’s how I’m going to get it done.
4) My sleep quality after 3:00 am is very poor. So, the amount of lost sleep by getting up this early vs. when I typically would get up for work is actually minimal. Plus, I don’t care for running at night as much as in the morning.
Today’s run was what I felt to be the first real litmus test of my training. Today was an eight mile run at marathon pace (10:52) plus warm-up and cool down mile. This was a significant step up from the previous weeks’ marathon pace runs which were only at 5 miles. And I passed with flying colors. I felt strong both physically and mentally throughout the run, despite the warmth and humidity. I’m willing to bet that this will be the warmest of my remaining runs. I did have one mishap where I didn’t realize that I had turned the timer off inadvertently for about a half a mile during the warm up, so I actually went about 10 and a half miles.
I didn’t challenge myself very much with the elevation profile, but the route I took was really the smartest one to take. It was a more prudent route given that it was so early in the morning and I am a young (ahem-clears throat-ahem) lady running. This route is better lit, wider lanes, and more traveled than some of the more challenging alternatives that I had in mind. I think I’ll stick to this route for future training runs.
And that’s about all I have to say for now…hope you all have a great Thursday!