Due to our race this weekend, we had to move our 18 miler to sometime during the week. The only day that I am done "early" is on Wednesdays. I had suggested it at first, not really thinking we would do it but then I knew we had to if we wanted to get our long run in this week. Mike agreed and at 4:50pm we set out for 18 miles.
The route was somewhat hilly in the beginning, and we kept up a really good pace! I told Mike that it was hard to remember that it was a long run since it was so late in the day, so I worried that we wouldn't be able to hold on to our 9:30ish pace. I also had been freaking out about the run all day at work, so I was afraid the run would blow up in our faces.
Surprisingly, it didn't! We held onto our pace and only slowed a little bit in the end (mostly due to losing daylight and the quality of the sidewalks/roads that we were running on at that point). We finished the run with an average 9:30 pace, and we never walked once!
I kept telling myself during the run, "don't walk, you don't need to walk" and my body believed me! With 2.5 miles left I told Mike I was tired, rightfully so, and he said, "only 2.5 miles left". We pushed on and finished strong!
Prior to this midweek long run, the longest we had run midweek was 8 miles. I never thought I would be a double digit, let alone almost 20 miles, midweek runner, but I am! If I put my mind to something, I can accomplish it.
I have said that MDI Marathon is all about fun and enjoying my hometown marathon, but now I have some more goals in mind (don't worry Isaac we will still have fun!) I want to PR, I know it will be hard with the hills and elevation but I know I can do it.
Sometime during Erie Half Marathon
So happy to finally be sub-2!
The same thing happened last weekend when I PR'd at the half marathon and finally got my sub-2 half. I put my mind to it and I was determined that I was going to do it, and I did! Now I am scheming for when I can potentially try for a sub-1:50 half marathon, because I know that with determination and hard work I can do it.
Mike floating during the race, he'll get sub-1:40 soon!
Us after the half
This 18 mile run gave me the confidence I needed to finish out this training cycle strong, and I am determined not to let my mind weaken and sabotage the rest of training and the marathon!