So since I've last posted, I've been spending a ton of time at work,
I took off until Saturday when I did my long run. Saturday was supposed to be 20 miler number two. It was super cold this weekend in Indiana, so we scheduled it for noon instead of early morning. It was WINDY AS HELL. I'm talking wind gusts that take your breath away. When we first set out, I was pretty sure I was never going to make it.
|I should have taken a screen shot of the other weather app where it |
said that the wind chill felt like 9 degrees.
|The girls are gonna kill me for posting this picture of them eating their snacks|
Around 14 miles, things kind of took a turn for the worse. The wind became harsher, the skies were grey, and we were all starting to feel like crap. My injuries were starting to hurt, and I felt like I was doing more harm than good. My phone was literally frozen, and stopped tracking my mileage.
I turned around and told Joanie and Lana that as soon as I saw my dad's car, I was getting in it. Not 15 seconds later, he pulls up right beside us. We were all frozen, hurting, and just done. We ended up doing around 16.5, and I'm totally fine with that.
I wasn't really pausing my watch when we'd have to slow down to cross the street, but I'm thinking that 11:20 is probably a pretty fair pace. We were going slow, and there were a lot of nasty hills.
Afterwards, it took me a good hour and half to get warm again. My lips and toes were blue even after a long, hot shower. I'm REALLY hoping that it is warmer in Alabama in a few weeks. Currently, their highs are in the low 40's, which is totally do-able. I'm just hoping it stays that way.
Now, I'm on to taper. This weekend will be a 10-12 miler and the weekend after will be 8. I'm going to get short, easy runs in during the week, but not stressing about them. I'm also doing a Thanksgiving day race. I've always been super jealous of the people that got up, burnt some calories, and then had a wonderful meal. Now, I get to be one of those people!
So, for any of you that have done a marathon... any tapering tips?