Monday, May 3rd 2010: 3 miles @ 9:18 per mile pace. Late night at work = late night running. Dear Late Night Running: You aren't my friend. I don't want to play anymore.
Tuesday, May 4th 2010: 30 minutes on exercise bike. This was as entertaining as getting paper cuts on your eye balls.
Wednesday, May 5th 2010: 4 miles @ 9:59 per mile pace. I just wasn't feeling it for this run. Maybe it was just too early in the morning, but my legs felt like slugs.
Thursday, May 6th 2010: 20 minutes on exercise bike. Yawn.
Friday, May 7th 2010: Rest. Thank you, Hostess Donuts, for my feeble excuse at "carbo loading".
Saturday, May 8th 2010: 6 miles @ 10:11 per mile pace. You have got to be kidding me - the Ogden Marathon is 1 WEEK AWAY!!! I am nervous and excited. Do you want to know the part I'm dreading the most? It's not the 26.2 miles. It's the hour+ wait at the starting line before the race in the 34 degree early morning. That part sounds, um, not so fun.
Today Mel and I headed out together. She is running the half marathon next week and will rock it. ALSO... on her own accord, she signed up for her first full marathon, the St. George Marathon, coming up in October!
During the run I convinced her to have her first experience with Gu. She was apprehensive. I don't know why she was so squeamish about eating a pack of toxic-waste-sugary-slime-flavored-like-vanilla. She popped some in her mouth - and nearly blew chunks. Lesson learned: don't waste one of your $1 Gu packets on Mel.
I sprinted the last mile by myself. It was weird how I felt so good, yet so bad. I finished the mile in 7 minutes and 38 seconds! I think that may be the fastest I have ever run a mile. But when I was done I felt so close to blowing chunks myself. This was the closest I have come to running-induced vomit in a long time. It took incredible self-control to not make a mess on the sidewalk. It felt really good to push myself and go fast.
Over the next week leading up to the marathon, I'll be making a post everyday. I'll include some of the tidbits of mental preparation I have been making for the marathon. I guarantee it will be more exciting than riding an exercise bike.
"I ran to be free; I ran to avoid pain; I ran to feel pain; I ran out of love and hate and anger and joy."
~ Dagny Scott