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October 15, 2011 – 10M

Marathon Training

10 Miles

Mile 1:  10:16
Mile 2:  9:36
Mile 3:  9:37
Mile 4:  9:33
Mile 5:  9:27
Mile 6:  9:33
Mile 7:  9:30
Mile 8:  9:26
Mile 9:  9:17
Mile 10:  9:30

I knew this run was not going to be pretty.  I could tell in mile 2 that my energy level was not at normal (from being sick earlier in the week).  I spent most of the run burping up my Rehydrate and water (trying not to throw up), but I did my best to stay with Steph and Karen.  We managed a decent pace (maintaining negative splits) up until mile 6.  Steph dropped us like a bad habit and Karen and I struggled up the hill coming out of Paloma Lake.  We only slowed by a few seconds, but it took us another two miles to get back on pace.  I struggled to keep with Karen the last two miles and I finally fell back going up the last long uphill past the Lakeview Pavilion.  My body just couldn’t take it anymore.  I could feel every impact on my hip flexors and knee (IT band).  When I got to the top of that hill, I looked at my Garmin and saw a 10 minute + pace.  I did my best to pick up the pace for the last half mile and I managed a 9:30 final mile.  This is the first long run without a sub-9 final mile.  Overall, our pace was better than last week, so I can’t complain too much, but I want that sub-9 final mile back.  We drop back down to 8 miles next Saturday and I’m praying my energy levels are back to normal so I can have a good run.

Time: 1:36:18, avg pace: 9:35/mile

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