These weeks are just flying by now! I can't believe that I'm already sharing another weekly update on my training. This was another good week for me- I feel like I have a down week then a really good week. Does any one else's training go like that?
I was so happy that Pittsburgh had some nice, spring-like weather this week so most of my runs were outside. Let's take a look at my training, and make sure you stick around for the end of the post for an exciting giveaway!
I did some light stretches, not following any specific video or flow but just going through some moves that felt good. I followed a lot of the stretches that I shared in my post about favorite poses!
This was a very, very gross run. There was tons of slushy snow and ice, so I basically just slogged it out for four miles. Not a great run but I got it done.
6.75 miles / 57:30 / 8:31 pace
Sidewalks were even worse (slushy roads that freeze over night = not ideal running conditions) so once again I was stuck inside for speed work. Not ideal, but better than skipping or getting hurt.
Rest day- yay!
4 miles / 36:50 / 9:12 pace
I had a lot of emotions going on this day (more on that to come) so I'm grateful that I can go out for a run to release all those feelings. I had so much energy and this was a perfect way to get it all out. Sometimes there's nothing better than an all-out run when you need it.
We had absolutely gorgeous weather this weekend, so I had to take advantage of it with Selma! We went out for a run together and ended up covering about three miles. She loved it and was so tired afterwards!
17 miles / 2:38:00 / 9:17 pace
I was really nervous about this run, because I knew that this would be my longest training run ever. Even though I've run two full marathons, I've never trained over 15 miles so to me this was a huge milestone. I was worried about everything going wrong or not being able to finish.
I decided to run at North Park, but didn't want to do 3 1/2 laps of the lake, so I switched it up a bit. I ran the McKinney loop from the Just a Short Run race, then did a lap around the lake. Did a second lap of McKinney and did a lap going the other way around the lake. Dan met me at a parking lot about a mile down the road so that I would finish at 17 miles.
It was a beautiful day and I felt great the entire run! I brought along some gels and dates with me, but besides having a bite of a date at mile 8 I really didn't need anything. I didn't want to force myself to eat and my stomach felt full from properly fueling in the morning and the night before. I also stopped for water twice..thank goodness for the water pump at the football field or I would have gone water-less the entire time. Two thumbs up for this run!
I can't believe it, but GretchRuns turns 1 year old today! I've learned so much throughout this year, and have really enjoyed using this space as a way to connect with other people both near and far, and have a bit of a creative outlet. I really appreciate each comment that I receive and every view and share that my posts get, so I wanted to do a little giveaway as a small way to say thanks.
I asked a few weeks ago what kinds of items you would like in a giveaway, and a lot of you suggested a collections of my favorites. That's just what I'm doing! I'll be giving away:
Picky Bars - my favorite pre-run fuel that never upset my stomach, in two flavors
Trader Joe's Cookie and Cocoa Swirl - pretty much the best spread I've ever tried
Kat von D Tattoo Eyeliner - great eyeliner for beginners or makeup-aholics alike
40 Days: Life, Love, Loss and a Historic Run Around One of the World's Largest Lakes - one of the most inspiring stories I've ever read
+ a few other surprises! because who doesn't love surprises?
I would also like to give a huge thank you to Steven Cannon for offering a copy of his book for this giveaway! I know that I raved about it and told you all how inspirational it was, so I had to include a copy for one of you to enjoy. Other than that, this is not a sponsored giveaway in any way, and all other prizes were purchased by me.
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