Last week was my week to go up a mile on my long run which was 16 miles for last week. I wanted to get up early and get out before our day got going. It still wasn't early enough, but I'll get there. I consumed two teaspoons full of honey and drank a sip of water. It was a chilly and cloudy morning. I ran my usual route around in my neighborhood. I love running and seeing the friendly faces of drivers that pass me when I'm running. Some will give a thumbs up or a way or occasionally, a honk! I sometimes see friends and give them a wave. It makes my morning :)
Well, I wondered how I was going to finish since the week before was tough for me at the end. I can tell my hips were weaker then and it felt like I was hardly moving at the last two miles.
Since the week I did my 15 mile run I have been doing more stretching (single leg bridge), planks and some weight lifting. My biggest thing is that I have been drinking lots of water! I have drank 50 oz. or more in a day. That is wayyyy more than what I would drink in a week! I stopped buying a certain cold coffee drink which has been really awesome that I haven't craved one. I'm competing with myself on how much water I can consume in a day and that is fun and I'm getting hydrated for my runs.
When I ran my 15 mile run I noticed as I was running my hips were feeling like they were giving out on me. My heels were catching on to the ground and it would feel like I was going to trip. That is how I can tell my body is getting really tired! My average pace on my 15 mile run was about 9:25 or so and weak finishing up. My 16 mile run was 9:34, but I ran just as slow (for me), but felt a little stronger. I made sure to stop home and get some water and a quick bite of an oatmeal granola bar and use the restroom and getting back to my run. Those are things I know I will have to do on marathon day so I'm planning now. I stop my watch when I stop, but not sure I will during the marathon.