Long Run Report: 2.13.16

Total: 20.2 miles @ 6:52 pace

5 miles @ 6:24 pace

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Taken on my run Friday morning. The sun and fact the river isn’t frozen is very deceiving – it was about 15 degrees with a 0 degree wind chill. I felt bad for the ducks and geese hanging out in the water but I guess the water was warmer than the air. The river was definitely after today’s cool temps.

 

Today’s run was a challenge. I’ve definitely been feeling weird all week and haven’t really figured out what’s going on. I keep thinking I’m getting sick, but haven’t actually come down with any real symptoms, just a swollen lymph node and fatigue. Following Tuesday’s workout, I knew I needed to just take it easy on my runs for  a few days. Wednesday’s run was a 7ish mile recovery run along the Charles. I had my phone in my pocket with my GPS running, but without any audio cues so I had no idea what I was running the entire time. I told myself to go as easy as I needed to, there was no reason to push it at all. I chose a route through the city, with lights and people, I always end up going a little slower. When I got home, and finally took a look at my phone, I realized I had done 7.6 miles @ 7:11 pace…not exactly the “recovery” run I was shooting for, but nevertheless felt good. Thursday, I had to work over on the west side of Boston, so I decided to take advantage of a free hour and my location to run a little out-and-back on the Boston course through the Newton hills. This is when my fatigue kicked in like it had on Tuesday during my workout. Although I was running hills, I wasn’t picking up the pace at all and was just going for an easy recovery run through rolling hills. I was running 7:20’s or so and it felt like I was running 6:20’s. Even when I slowed down, I just felt so incredibly weak running up the hills and even on the flats. Whenever I get my blood tested, my ferritin levels are at best on the lowest side of normal, and it occurred to me low ferritin levels could be at least a part of what’s going on with me lately. I have felt fine on my easy runs and warm ups, but the second I up the pace or have to run up a hill, my legs just feel like they’re on fire. I decided with the increases I have made in my training in both intensity and volume, iron supplements are going to be a part of my routine again. Yesterday’s run was 8 miles along the river at 7:15 pace, and again, it felt great and knew I was ready to go for my long run.

Anyway, all of this information brings me to today’s run. I only did one workout this week on Tuesday, so I wanted to make sure I got some harder effort miles in today’s run. My thought was 5 miles @ 6:15, but that just wasn’t happening today. There were so many factors that could go into why I wasn’t able to run 5 miles at goal marathon pace- it was cold, I was wearing too many layers, I have some sort of virus or something, etc. etc.. It is what it is and I adjusted my goals based on how I was feeling and said 6:25’s were better for today for whatever reason. Anyway, my blabbering is over. Here are the splits from my run:

  • Mile 1: 7:06
  • Mile 2: 6:57
  • Mile 3: 6:58
  • Mile 4: 6:58
  • Mile 5: 6:57
  • Mile 6: 6:50
  • Mile 7: 7:07
  • Mile 8: 6:54
  • Mile 9: 6:20
  • Mile 10: 6:26
  • Mile 11: 6:26
  • Mile 12: 6:27
  • Mile 13: 6:24
  • Mile 14: 7:38
  • Mile 15: 7:15
  • Mile 16: 7:00
  • Mile 17: 7:02
  • Mile 18: 7:00
  • Mile 19: 6:56
  • Mile 20: 6:25
  • Last 2/10 : 7:14 pace

I don’t really know what happened at mile 20. I definitely wasn’t like, “oh my gosh, I feel so strong. I think I’ll sprint the last mile.” I was more like “oh my gosh, my braids are frozen, I’m soaking wet with sweat and it’s like 10 degrees out, I’m starving, I want to get in the shower, please get me home.” I know I’ve whined about things not going s0 great this week and from the outside you might be like, hey you ran a solid pace for 20 miles. I actually am happy with the overall paces of my runs, I just know something is wrong with the effort I’m putting in to run those paces. I am planning on running 6 miles tomorrow, which will most likely be on a treadmill since we’re supposed to have 25 below wind chills… this will be good for me because my pace will be controlled to no faster than 8 minute pace and I will be forced to recover!

Happy weekend!

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What I looked like going outside to walk the dog tonight…it’s a cold one in the Northeast.

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