One of the reasons I put off starting a blog for so long was because I was afraid of negative feedback, rude anonymous comments, etc. I was especially leery of “www.GetOffMyInternets.net” Have you seen this website? It is dedicated to discussing blogs people hate. It’s actually pretty humorous but the ruthlessness was enough to make me squirm a bit every time I thought about clicking the “publish” button on WordPress. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. Someone DID mention me on the site last week and guess what? CLICK here to see
My site is so boring no one even bothered to comment or say anything mean. Yay!
Did everyone have a great weekend? Friday night we went to a new restaurant in Virginia Beach with friends called Thirty 7 North Highly recommended. This may turn off many of my readers but when I start running high mileage I become a ravenous carnivore. All I crave is meat so I practically swallowed the flank steak whole before the server could place it on the table.
Saturday morning I met Renee and Courtney for a 20 miler. The first 10 miles I just felt so blah (steak belly perhaps?!?) as we sped along around 7:10-30ish pace then on the turnaround we made a quick water/Gu stop before starting intervals for the final 10 miles. My IT band has still been feeling sloppy so my spirit was feeling a bit overwhelmed but I held on one mile at a time. I tried not to pay attention to how long or how fast our intervals were going to be and instead just tried to work on form and staying strong and smooth. I’m guessing we ended up running 5 total miles of those last 10 at low 6 minute pace if we added up all the intervals. Renee was amazing. Not only did she kill the workout (finishing each interval ahead of me) but she said to me before we were about to do our last 8 minute interval at low 6 pace “I know you can do this!” It was such a little thing that really helped me. Courtney did great too. She is not in marathon training right now so she dropped off around 17ish. I was so grateful she ran with us and kept us chatting for so long! Overall we destroyed the workout.
Sunday I ended the week with an easy paced 10 miles to make 100 total miles for the week. I had 3 “hard” workout days and the rest of the mileage was all at a relaxed pace. The hard days were Tuesday (5 mile at half pace with 4 x 200 meters afterwards), Thursday- 8 miles at 6:26 pace, and Saturday (long run with intervals). I have to be honest…I am relieved to be done with 3 weeks of 100 milers. I loved it but I am ready to begin cutting back. I am debating between a slow 3 week taper or my traditional aggressive 10 day taper. Usually I’d say the 10 day but I’ve never had this high of mileage before, so maybe I need more rest? Opinions are always welcome.
I won’t lie, there was a dark cloud hanging over us all weekend. My Father in Law is the Police Chief at the Plymouth Township Police Department and last week they lost one of their Officers. His name is Bradley Fox. I wish I was a better writer and could express my opinion eloquently but all I can type is that the idea of this man being taken from his pregnant wife and child at such a young age breaks my heart. As a wife and mother I cannot even begin to imagine how they feel.There are some terrible people in this world and I’m always grateful for the ones who protect us. I ran 100 miles last week, 80 of those were alone. Why did I feel like a 5’3″, 108 pound girl could run alone on the roads for that long somewhat safely? Because there are Men and Women who Sacrifice every Single Day to Protect Us. Hug your loved ones extra tight and be Grateful for that Sacrifice.
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