This past weekend I completed the most difficult portion of my training for the San Francisco Marathon. On Thursday, I went to Cardio Barre. On Friday, I ran 6 miles. On Saturday I ran 20 miles. Here’s how it went:
If you have been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me talk about Cardio Barre. I LOVE CARDIO BARRE! The classes incorporate basic ballet exercises with aerobics, and even a little Pilates. It is a challenging, full body workout…and super fun!
It was BEAUTIFUL outside!
Bay Bridge ❤
My legs were a little sore from the Cardio Barre class I took the day before, but I managed fairly well. I was also breaking in a new pair of Asics I bought on sale at Sports Basement:
They are the same model (Nimbus-15’s) as my previous shoes, but different color (pink!). They felt pretty good, but maybe just a little too tight. My older shoes are still under 400 miles, and I haven’t decided if I should wear them for the marathon or switch to the new ones. I will just have to see how my new pink shoes feel after a few more runs.
And now for the Big One: On Saturday, I completed the final
ungodly long run for my marathon training camp. I repeated some of the course I’d run with Taylor the weekend before on my 18 miler. I thought it would be good for my legs to give those hills another go. I don’t know if you’ve ever run 20 miles through a big city before, but it was EPIC.
I took the most pictures in the first half of my run. I ran by City Hall:
I saw the Golden Gate Bridge again:
A beauty, as always
The weather was clear, so I was treated to some striking views of San Fran:
…and Marin from across the Bay
At one point, I lost my way and I found myself running and hiking trails for a couple miles along the coast.
I knew I was heading in the right direction, but it took me a little while to find the roads again. But alas, I made my way out of the woods and all was well! Then, I headed toward Golden Gate Park:
I was just around the 11 mile mark when I entered the park, and I was feeling fatigued. I generally do not run the day before a long run, ESPECIALLY not a crazy long one like 20 miles. But my point in running 6 miles the day before was to practice running hills on already tired legs. I ran about 5 miles in the park and I have to admit-it was a struggle!
Once out of Golden Gate Park I realized my phone was starting to die and had to stop taking pictures! Around mile 17 I hit a huge downhill. And it HURT in my hips. Running uphill is hard, but running downhill can be torture! I had 2 miles to go once I was finally on flat ground again. After all of the hills, these last 2 miles actually felt fairly easy, and I finished with 2 of my fastest miles (9:35 min/mile). My overall pace was just over 10 min/mile, which is where I have been for all of my long training runs.
I DID IT! The hardest part of my training is over and I am SO happy! I now only have 2 weeks to taper, but I feel good about where I am at. I may not be the fastest, strongest, most bestest runner-but I’m ready for you San Francisco!