That was my weekend; 10M on Saturday and 20M on Sunday. Plus, my boss made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and therefore I had to play soccer Friday night—which I wasn’t thrilled about.
Regardless of my compulsory soccer game, I blew off my get up at 5am plan for Saturday because I was out late and I had agreed to participate in a group run. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the “the group is meeting early e-mail” sent Friday night. So, when I showed up everyone had already left. Oh well, such things happen. I just hopped into my car and drove to the gym.
Start time for Saturday was 9:15 am, and I just few out of the gate and never looked back. Despite the fact that this was not a pace run I cranked my 10M, going 6:23, 6:38, 6:51, 6:55, 6:48, 6:57, 6:53, 6:55, 6:57, 6:46 (6:48/M avg). Not bad considering the hills in latter third of the run and the wind.
Sunday I was up at 5am and starting my 20M before 7am. I was crazy sore and tired from staying out and watching MSU beat Connecticut, so I just tried to stay relaxed and take the miles as they came (only looking at Garmin after mile 1 and at the half-marathon point). I also didn’t try to kick the last few miles because I was treating this run as if it were an actual marathon. Splits went: 6:44, 6:59, 7:03, 7:10, 7:12, 7:15 (gu/H2O), 7:07, 7:01, 7:09, 7:06, 7:02, 7:03 (gu/H2O), 6:59, 6:59, 7:15, 7:22 (gu/H2O), 7:23, 7:14, 7:23, 7:04. 7:07/M average. By the time I finished I had run 30M in under a 24 hour span, no wonder my legs were sore and tired.
I really began to dump on time during the last quarter of the run, with three out of the last five miles in the 7:20s range. Yet, I’m quite pleased with the effort and the time considering the difficult/hard running I’d completed this week. Now I can enjoy the step-down week in my training.