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Long Run Regret

Yesterday I posted about my 18-mile turned 13-mile long run. I knew that I would regret it when I threw in the towel at mile 13 and sure enough the regret is hitting heavy today. I’ve been dwelling on my failed long run all day. It didn’t help to look at my training schedule and see that I have less than seven weeks left until race day.

Rather than continue to stress myself out, I formulated a plan.

  • I’m getting serious. One of the things I have enjoyed most about training for this marathon is that my training plan is very manageable and I’ve had a lot of flexibility with my runs. Running three days a week has really helped me avoid burnout and injury and has kept me feeling excited about marathon training. I will admit that while I haven’t missed many runs, I have altered quite a few. It’s time to get serious about training – no more missed runs and no more modifications. I am determined to finish my training strong and ready to line up to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 31.
  • Revised long run schedule. I really want to fit in two 20’s and I’m a little off-schedule with long runs so here is my new plan of attack:
    – Week 7 – 18
    – Week 6 – 20
    – Week 5 – 14
    – Week 4 – 20
    – Week 3 – 12
    – Week 2 – 8
    – Week 1 – RACE DAY
  • Slow down. My long runs have been done at a faster pace than my training plan calls for – anywhere from 45 seconds to one minute faster. I need to slow down and take it easy. The time on my feet is more important than speed and the faster pace is harder on my body. I need to trust that my tempo work is getting me ready to run at race pace. That said, I still plan on picking up the pace and shooting for negative splits if I’m feeling good in the second half of my run.

I’m already looking forward to this Saturday’s long run. I am going to OWN it!

Moving on. (Sorry – you are going to hear lots of marathon talk over the next six weeks!)

Sunday night we went over to my brother in law’s for a cookout. As always, we had a great time.

We spent a lot of time outside enjoying the beautiful evening. While we were hanging out my brother in law, Reade, cooked up a feast!

I loaded my plate up with grilled sweet potatoes, cole slaw, potato salad, corn, collards, fruit salad and pulled barbecue chicken. It was all so good! Reade is an awesome cook!

I brought a hummingbird cake for dessert.

For those of you who haven’t experienced the deliciousness that is hummingbird cake – it is basically jazzed up banana bread (with the addition of crushed pineapple) with cream cheese icing. So good and so moist!

My niece, Emerson, couldn’t get enough of the cake!

I taught BodyPump this morning and was feeling really sore from my long run yesterday. It was definitely a challenge but I am always so motivated by the member’s enthusiasm and dedication to a  hard 6 a.m. workout. I had overnight oats for breakfast when I got to work.

Lunch today was an Amy’s veggie burger with fun toppings.

I topped my burger with havarti cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado and mixed greens. I had a few barbecue kettle chips and cantaloupe on the side.

And dinner tonight was comfort food!

Homemade marinara sauce and meatballs made with local grass fed ground beef. I used lots of fresh herbs in the meatballs and sauce and it was so tasty!

Hope you all had a great Monday! I’m off to prepare for bed and tomorrow’s workday.

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Brittney September 14, 2010, 8:58 am

    Sorry you are bummed about your long run, but I think your modified plan looks great! You totally inspire me Jen 🙂

    • Jen September 14, 2010, 12:08 pm

      Aw, Brittney. Thanks so much for your comment. I am so excited that your running is going well and your knee is feeling good. Can’t wait to follow along with your half training for OBX!

  • spabettie September 14, 2010, 8:59 am

    atta girl ! 🙂 looks like you’ve formulated a great plan to get where you want to be!

    ALL of this food looks so good… perhaps I should eat breakfast now… 😀

    • Jen September 14, 2010, 12:07 pm

      thank you so much for the encouragement!

  • Jen September 14, 2010, 9:04 am

    Ugh I went through this same thing when I cut a long run short a few weeks ago. I like your new plan and think you’ll be fine on race day! I also have a problem doing my long runs too fast.

    I’m really happy to hear you’re enjoying training so much and not feeling burnt out though. That’s a victory in itself!

    • Jen September 14, 2010, 12:07 pm

      Thanks for the reply, Jen. I think I’m just so excited about my newfound speediness (well, speedy for me) that I just don’t want to run 10 minute miles anymore and it feels painfully slow. Must slow down on my next few long runs though to get that time on my feet in!

      Can’t believe we’re getting so close! Final stretch!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 14, 2010, 9:29 am

    Oh those meatballs look so good!!

    And I love hearing the ups and downs of running… makes me feel more like a runner when I know I’m not the only one that experiences them. 🙂

    • Jen September 14, 2010, 12:06 pm

      Brittany – you are most definitely not alone!!!

  • Lee Broadway September 14, 2010, 11:19 am

    OK,…. Where is the recipe for the Hummingbird Cake……gotta have it!!

    • Jen September 14, 2010, 12:05 pm

      I’ll post it on Bakin’ and Eggs this week. Promise!

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