This afternoon I went down to the cities to run my long run. Sophie got to hang out with her Grandma and Uncle Nik and I got to run something other than my same old routes around the house. I had 22 miles on the schedule. Luckily my mom lives right beween two nices parks with a great trail system, so I knew I just had to strap on the Garmin and go.
The run was great, but hilly. I never remembered all those hill from when I used to rollerblade those trails in high school . . . I ended up doing only 20. I made it back to my mom's house at 19.6 and convinced myself to get the extra .4, but just couldn't talk myself into the last two miles. Ended up running the 20 miles 25 seconds per minute faster than my last 20 two weeks ago. I'll take it.
I have noticed the last couple of weeks that I am a super salty sweater. I was really salt after the half last week, and notice lots of salt, especially on my face, during and after the long run today. I refueld on salt with some yummy chips and cheese after the run. Anybody take salt on the run? If so, what do you use and how often? I might have to try something.
All in all, a great week of marathon training:
Monday: 5 miles (with 1K, 2K, 1K, and 1K - a tough track workout, but I rocked it!)
Tuesday: 3 miles easy, 1 hr kettlebells
Wednesday: 6 miles tempo
Thursday: 3 miles easy
Friday: 1050 m. swim, 45 min kettlebells
Sunday: 20 miles
A couple more hard weeks and then it's taper time. I can't believe how fast this training has gone. I am getting exciting for the marathon - and reading all of your race reports is helping pump me up.