I have to laugh when I think about Karen's comment immediately after the 25K this morning... "Well that was a nice way to ruin my weekend." Ha!
Unfortunately I did not have the run I wanted this morning (obviously, neither did Karen). I have not felt super all week and while I was hopeful that I would be able to pull of my 8 min miles again, I think deep down I knew that my body just might not be up for it today.
I won't go into great detail, but here are a few bullet points:
~At mile 3 when my HR was already 177 (like 15 beats above where it should have been) and I was only running 8:15's, I ripped off my HR monitor.
~I really think that miles in Kailua are longer than miles in Kalaeloa.
~They really should put aid stations more often than every 3 miles when it's that hot out.
~The downhill you get after an uphill does not cancel out the slowness of the mile.
~Running into a stiff headwind when you're trying to hit a specific split is just not fun.
~15 miles is a long way to run when you're dying.
Look how good I am at pretending I feel great when there is a camera around!?! Of course, this was only like mile 9. Notice the HR monitor strapped around my belly button?
Driving home, Nalani and I were discussing our disappointment with our performances in this race. It's amazing how our perspectives and expectations change over time... If I step back and look at the big picture, I see that I averaged 8:16's for 15 hot hilly windy miles today. I was 115th OA (out of like 800+ I think) and 4th in my age group. That is not terrible. A year ago I would have been over-the-moon-THRILLED with that! Yet somehow I am not the least bit satisfied with that performance today. I probably should not be so hard on myself, but this was NOT a confidence booster for the marathon.
So instead of focusing on the negative, I'm going to think about the positive. 15 miles at 8:15 pace is a solid marathon training run. I've never run 15 miles at a pace like that before, so it's a PR. I get tomorrow completely off. No training whatsoever. 4 more weeks before the 30K which is good... I can actually do some long easy training runs in the meantime.
From this picture, you'd never know that we had all just been through hell.
Oh my poor aching legs!
At least *somebody* had a good day today. Andrew found a new gear today! Must be magic in that singlet. Lol.