After having LOTS of rest days this week (read that as LAZY days . . . though I convinced myself it was 'rest' not laziness' as I'm mini tapering for my half next weekend PLUS I'm babying my quad in hopes that it will miraculously quit hurting).
After only getting in one run this week (7 miler on Wednesday), I still had a 2, 4, and 5 miler left on my training plan for the week - ummmm, well . . . .I had no choice but to pull myself off of the couch.
I had 3 route options in my head a 4 miler, a 5 miler and a 6 miler. I was doing pretty well at 2.5 miles so I opted for the 6 miler. At about 2.75 I opted to eat 2 bloks just to see if it would make any difference in how I felt in the end. I then walked through that interval (the beginning of the pathetic end). I then did 2 more intervals (I was using 2:15 & 1:45 since I'm hoping to use 2 & 2 in Chicago) and stopped at a water fountain for a spritzing - let me tell you, with the heat index at 95* I was a hot mess. That really was the middle of the end for me - I walked all but one interval in the next half mile (my legs just didn't feel like they could go, I was hot, bored, scared about how far it seemed I had to go to get back to the car, and it was super hard to breathe with the high humidity). I then decided I was pathetic and started off power walking with 2.20 miles left to go. I hate walking and felt as if I needed to slow down - that's just horrible - seriously, I can't even power walk at this point? So I gently slid into a shuffle/jog and began counting (whispering aloud actually) each step. I would get to 100 and then say "let's do another 100" - I counted to 100 LOTS of times - maybe 12-15. I ended up running about .8. I then walked like .7 and then ran 500 steps straight again. I certainly can't go 13 miles counting the steps - it seriously gets annoying - but it worked and I'll have to remember it as a "dig deep" strategy for next weekend!
Well, there you have it - not great, but done - as pathetic as it was - it was on target for my goal pace in Chicago (since it's a training run for me, I'd really like to finish in 3:15 or even 3:20 wouldn't be the end of the world for me - now my racing partner wants and deserves to finish faster - we'll have to figure out how to keep me from dying and getting her across the line faster (maybe we run the first 10K together and then meet up at the end - other ideas?).
Not the confidence I was looking for, but now I'm thinking past this weekend and all about the half next month (Fort 4 Fitness) where my goal for the past year has been to run a sub 3 . . .not sure what's going to be required in my training to make that happen since it currently seems SO unobtainable.