Last week was a very active running week. I still haven’t found a way to work Cross Training into my routine. I just really enjoy my off days! I reset my week to end with a long run on Monday now that I have that day off.
Tuesday: 2 Mile Easy - Squeezed a two mile run out to the Dog Track and back home at a 7:31 pace. Scared the crap out of a dog that was in the shadows, and he scared the crap out of me!
Thursday: 6 Mile Speedwork - 3 x 1600’s at 7:45 that ended up being 7:26/7:15/7:46 with 800 jogs in between. The track on base is a bit uneven with an uphill on one side that just happened to be in to the wind on this day too.
Friday: Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society 5k - A 5k PR for me, course time at 23:06 but it was just shy of a true 5k so I kept running and clocked a 23:29. They had the fast guys that were racing for time line up in front. With all the Marines that were running it I thought it best I line up with the recreational guys, the Marines run 3 miles for there Readiness Test so I figured they should be way faster than me. I spent most of the way before the half way point picking my way through all them. Surprised myself with a 7:33 pace for the whole thing and learned that I may just be selling my self short with how far I’ve come with running.
Saturday: 2 Mile Run - This wan’t in the training plan but I couldn’t pass up a chance to run with Scott Jurek.
Monday: 18 Mile Long Run - I was excited for this run, it’s the farthest I’ve run since the marathon in November. I felt I did pretty good. I started cramping at mile 16.5 or so. I really need to work on a good long run nutrition plan. I was starving half way through on top of the cramps later on. I took an Electrolyte pill prior to my run, along with a hearty breakfast and coffee. I had a gel pack every 5 miles and a flask of pedialyte I made sure to sip from every 4 miles or so. It was a humid day and I was sweating quite a bit but I thought the Electrolyte pill and the pedialyte would take care of any cramping. Still need some tweaking the run menu. All in all it felt like a good run at a 9:30 pace.