I've been doing lots of running since Half Moon Bay as I try to get some fitness back for the Two Cities Marathon in a couple of weeks. Here is last week's recap:
Sunday: 12 miles (2 miles @ 9:14 pace, 10 miles pacing KM at the end of the Nike Women's Marathon); I have never had any desire to do this race and after seeing the last 10 miles of the course, I am can say with all certainty that I will never run this marathon. KM battled through a sprained ankle and some tummy issues to collect her Tiffany's pendant.
Tuesday: 10 miles, including 7 miles @ 8:27 pace; My best 7 mile tempo was at an 8:22 pace shortly before my hip blew up. Considering the short period of time I've been back to normal running, I was pretty thrilled to have completed this run as close to that tempo PR as I did. Also, I felt amazingly good this run. The pace didn't seem hard and I could have kept it up a few more miles.
Wednesday: 10 miles @ 9:44 pace; My legs felt suprisingly fresh after the hard run the day before.
Friday: 22 miles @ 9:28 pace, consisting of 4 easy, 2 MP (9:00), 2 easy, 2 MP (8:55), 2 easy, 2 MP (8:57), 2 easy, 2 MP (8:54), 3 easy, 1 MP (8:57); I tried to shoot for a 9:00ish pace for the marathon pace (MP) miles. I've done some MP work in 16 milers before but have never tried it in a 20+ mile run. I suppose we'll see how it worked out in a few weeks.
I also managed to make it to Bikram yoga 4 times this week.
I had the above photo pre-loaded for today's post. I decided to catch some of the more mundane Mario moments. He looks like a crotchety old man chewing on his hay.
Last night I gave Mario his veggies and pellets before bedtime. In very un-typical Mario fashion he totally ignored them :( He refused all the food and even higher-value treats. He is definitely not himself and I am worried sick. I've been giving him simethicone and fluids and we have a vet appointment later today. Fingers and paws crossed for him.