Previewing the MCM Course
Today's half marathon course gave me a preview of parts of the MCM course. Some parts were already familiar to me - Hains Point, Independence Ave, the Arlington Memorial Bridge - but some of it was new.
I went farther on Rock Creek Parkway than I have in the past, which mirrors that section of MCM. At least now I won't be thinking, "where in the @#% is the turnaround" during MCM like I was thinking today. Because now I know it is far, far away.
Between today's race and last year's Army Ten-Miler, I've run much of the MCM course. That will help me on October 25.
|My friend Heidi took this photo after her long run on Saturday.|
It gives me chills of excitement - and gratitude - to look at it!
(photo courtesy of Heidi)
Week 14 Statistics
I ran 5 times for a total of 27.2 miles.
- Track: 2400-2000-1600-1600 at threshold (T) with 3 minutes rest between intervals (5.5 miles)
- This was another solid speedwork effort of which I was proud
- Easy runs: 2.4, 3.9, and 2.2 miles
- Long run: 13.3 miles (Navy-Air Force Half Marathon)
- My goal was to run at half marathon race pace; I wanted to beat a 12:00 min/mile pace.
- I ran an 11:21 pace! I couldn't believe it.
- The Runners World race time predictor says my marathon time will be 5:10:12 based on my half marathon time. hahahahaha. as if.
- Strength training: 2 times (my routine)
- Yoga: no yoga
- (if I left right now I could make it to my favorite Sunday class. But I am clad head to toe in compression gear, have bloody & blistered toes, and don't really want to move much. Not. going. to. happen.)