During the month of October I ran 162.60 miles. A new PR for mileage! I was also consist with doing speed work once a week. Last week I tried doing intervals and a tempo run and I think that was a little too much speed work for me in a few days. I know I eventually will be able to handle it, but I think I will stick to once a week speed work and then try a little more in December.
My long run on Saturday was horrible, just horrible. I went to Shawnee Mission Park to run a training run for the Pilgrim Pacer Half Marathon that takes place in November. I ran this half marathon last year, and forgot how much I dislike this course. It is really flat and then there is a mile long hill at the very end. I think my legs were still tired from the speed work on Tuesday and Thursday and I should have just stayed home and run my usual course. I kept telling myself not to run too fast but the only time I felt good during the run was when I was running at marathon pace.
I went home complaining to Ken about how horrible it was and telling him that I have no idea why I think I can run a marathon in a few weeks. It truly was one of those runs where I question why I run. Ken gave me a nice pep talk and reminded me if it were easy, then everyone would do it. I just hate how one long run is great and you feel like you could run forever and then one week later you struggle to run 14.5 miles. I guess that is just the way that is goes.
I have new shoes that will be delivered this week. I am branching out and trying Asics this time!