AM: 21 mile progession run:
8:32, 7:59, 7:43, 7:21, 7:15, 7:03, 6:57,
6:26, 6:24, 6:13, 6:21, 6:14, 6:03, 6:03,
5:57, 7:17*, 5:42, 5:41, 5:41, 5:37, 5:42,
something wrong with my GPS and running through the tunnel. Obviously I did not run 7:17 here. Anyway, we went too fast on the second stretch. Should probably have been 6:35-6:25 through there but I felt great after yesterday's day of rest. It was also warm today--near 40 by the end of the run so I was in shorts and felt great. Legs are tired but feel good and I didn't kill myself at the end to maintain. Obviously the last 5 were perfectly at my goal marathon pace.
IMPORTANT: I ate a GU Rocktane gel (yuck) at 7 miles with some water. at 14 I drank the rest of the bottle of water. I got two side stitches in the last set of miles and it took deep breathing to get them to go away. Everytime I eat sugar in any run, I get side stitches. Next 20+ run I will try a new product.
PM: 30 min pool run to recover the legs.
What's more convenient than an ice bath, much cheaper than a massage, and provides a similar stimulus to an easy run with no impact? A pool run of course! I didn't even get charged for the run this time sinceno one was in the lobby to punch my ticket.
I feel pretty good today and I took a walk. A beautiful 63 degrees makes everything a little nicer. I wish I could bottle up this weather and sell it to runners. Extended forcast looks really cold for next week's 10K.