The goal was to run four 5.5 miles loops in under an hour each and stopping at the house each lap to swap bottles, grab a gel and sandwich if I wanted it. The first lap went well running right about where I wanted to be walking a portion of 3 hills in miles 4 and 5 and finished in just under 56 minutes.
Lap two I ran a little too fast, I really wasn't paying attention to the pace I was just running how I felt. I tried to walk the exact spots as I did the first lap on miles 4 and 5 and finished lap to in under 54 minutes. A little more than 2 minutes faster. When I got to the house I need to swap out shirts and jacket because sweat was dripping out the bottom of the sleeves. It turned out to be detrimental.
Lap three, as soon as I started running the legs just didn't want to work. They were tight and freezing from sweating while I was in the house and now outside at approximately 35 degree now. I ran and walked trying to get the legs to work again. I was struggling through mile 12, 13, and 14 but managing. Mile 15, well that didn't go so well and was actually the slowest mile of the day. I couldn't run any of the hills so walked a whole lot more on Lap 3. I stopped a grabbed a gel and a sandwich (peanut butter and honey)
Lap four, I walked the first portion of this while I ate the sandwich before I started running and it still managed to be faster than mile 15. The final lap I just wanted to survive and strategically picked out little goals. Run 5 light poles and then walk 1; run to the next intersection and walk the intersection, etc. Anything to keep me focused and just keep moving.
To the right is the comparison of each lap by mile and average pace. It was a far cry from how I ran my 18 miler a few weeks ago and there was not consistency in this run. It turned into a survival run.
Saturday night my back was really bothering me and I had some shooting pain into both knees and my right hip. I was sore. Muscles hurt all over and I woke up Sunday with a real tight right calf.
Sunday I waited until 11:00 to go for a run since it was sunny and a little warmer than the 28 for a low. Off I went with some tight legs and I just wanted to keep it somewhat consistent. I headed out with the goal of to run a half mile then walk .05 and repeat. I did pretty well at keeping it going and for whatever reason when I hit mile 7 mentally I just fell apart. I struggled to keep running and probably walk .4 of a mile. I took a gel and then got to running again and finished strong. Overall I felt pretty good to finish the weekend off with 31.5 miles. Below are a few images.