I swapped distances on the weekday runs because I got overheated and overtired on what was supposed to be 8 miles through the Meadows – nice to be able to cut it short. I did get to see an airplane landing.
I finally moved into second place in Easthampton with my last very long run, but I neglected to note the exact percentage (I completed a record 48 streets in one go, so it would be over 90%) . It was an extra-exciting one because friends who live on one of the downtown streets I’d saved for last came out to greet me. I gave them the window when I expected to be there, and they had to be up early anyway. What a lift to see friendly faces and hear encouraging cheers! I ran through a lot of older neighborhoods, more interesting than the cookie-cutter developments.
On the hydration/fuel front, I think I’m finally at the point where I notice my body’s responses well enough to play it by ear. That’s one of the reasons to keep chasing big physical goals like this; it fine-tunes my sense of where my limits are and what’s changing with age. I ended up with usually 5-6 gulps of water every 2 miles, a Medjool date every 3 to 5, and a salt cap every 8 to 10. I’ll bring enough for the marathon so I can up the frequency if necessary, but I’m confident I’ll recognize the signs and won’t have to rely so much on a schedule.
Finished 10/4 and backposted – I hope to catch up before the marathon!!!
Weekday runs – Northampton
Long run – Easthampton
|Date (temp/humidity)||Distance||Avg pace/fastest split||Time||HR (avg/highest)||Notes|
|Tue 9/14 (58°F/91%)||5.24||12:21/11:39||1:04:42||160/177|||
|Wed 9/15 (75°F/95%)||5.57||13:39/12:32||1:15:58||152/171||Bad run – supposed to be 8 but cut it short and swapped days|
|Thu 9/16 (63°F/100%)||8.00||13:09/12:18||1:45:14||145/171 (intervals only)|||
|Sat 9/18 (64°F/100%)||18.07||14:17/13:10||4:18:07||144/167|||
|Totals||36.9 miles||||8.4 hours||||Weight avg 112.8, resting heart rate 57|