Saturday, I hit the road intending to run 32k south along the river. It was a beautiful day and I felt good when I set out but, perhaps because of the blood donation, I ran out of steam sooner than usual. Though I set a relaxed pace, I only managed 31k before calling it quits and the last 14k were really pretty pathetic. My legs felt painful and heavy and I had nothing left in the tank by the time I reached Petite Riviere.
On the upside, it was a gorgeous day so there was plenty of pretty stuff to look at en route.
|The end point of my LSR - loved the exuberant optimism!|
And Husband met me in Petite Riviere with a big hunk of hot, homemade veggie pizza which I ate sitting in the car at Green Bay enjoying this view.
The pizza tasted amazingly good. When I finished it, I waded up to my waist in the cold North Atlantic water to cool and soothe my legs.
From there, it was up to the road to Rissers Beach campground, where I took a quick shower, hung out on the beach for a couple of hours, then ate supper and spent a wonderful evening with Husband and my folks by the campfire, talking and listening to the waves lapping the rocks just beyond our campsite. Sweet.
Sunday morning, I tackled my last run of the week, a 10k "recovery" run. It was slow but I ran steadily, stopping only a couple of times to stretch and enjoy the scenery.
All in all then, a good week's effort - though I must say that I'm glad it's time to taper. I'll do one more hill training session tonight and a 23k run on the weekend, but the rest of my runs between now and race day will be relatively short and relaxed. My goal at this point is to arrive at the start line as healthy and well-rested as possible.
Incidentally, I took a few minutes to watch a video of the Cape to Cabot route this past week. It was sobering to say the least. I'm not too concerned about the first 12k. They'll be tough but manageable so long as I resume serious hill training after the marathon. The really scary bit is the long, steep downhill from Shea Heights into St. John's. (You can check it out starting at about the 6:00 minute mark of the video.) I'm not at all sure how I'm going to get to the bottom with enough left in my legs to finish the last 6k of the race - including the mile long climb to Cabot Tower at the end - so any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome
Anyway, here are the stats for the week:
Total distance: 58kms
Total # runs: 4
Longest run: 31kms
Hill training: 1 x 7 hills
Speed work: 9k fartlek
Happy running and writing, friends!