It was chilly, -6C with -12 wind chill despite the promise of 0 in the afternoon. All the lies!
|Riverwalk murals, a treat near the end - so grey today|
So I put one foot in front of the other. It was freezing, my face went numb and I was not encouraged to sit down as it was too damn cold. By 22k I realized I had about half the amount of Tailwind recommended for this amount of time and I really did not have much energy. (By 'not much energy' I mean I wanted to sit on the pathway and cry. To hell with the marathon). The wind in my face was so unpleasant I changed my route and spent the last 5k literally running up and down past Eau Claire.
Finally (FINALLY) my watch hit the magic 30.00. It took 3 hrs 46 mins at a 7:32/km pace. Last year I ran at 8:24/km pace. Yes, I am extremely happy with that time. But, I am not happy at all with how awful I felt over the last 10k or so. My legs were strong and the rest of me was a mess.
Next long run: more Tailwind, extra measured powder in the car to grab & fill up midway plus my bag of Energy Bits should have arrived so I can take them for an energy boost at 20k. Would it be possible for all this snow and cold to end now do you think? I would quite like to do my 32.2k in the WARM.
This sums up the day:
4 more training weeks to the marathon! I lost 2lbs last week putting my weight loss at 5lbs total with 6 more to go - hurrah! I may not shift 6, but even another 3lbs would be awesome. If I train hard over the next 4 weeks I feel like I just might be able to pull this craziness off.