Dopey Challenge Training Week 10

So I’m finally starting to feel stronger on the short mid-week runs, the long runs not so much. This was week 10 of the Galloway plan but really only the second true long run (over 6 miles). My 9 mile run a couple weeks ago was pretty miserable and today’s 11 miles wasn’t much better.

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I made sure I ate before and was feeling fine for the first 6 miles. I’m doing all of my Dopey long run training on a 5-1 interval and up until about mile 7 my average pace was sitting right around 12:05-12:10 which is my half marathon pace so all was good. Then it went to hell. I was hot and my stomach was not happy. Am I the only one who gets tummy issues when they run? Annoying. Anyway, I was on the trail around the lake by my house where bathrooms are sparse so I walked for a bit until it settled down. Ate my shot bloks and tried to get back at it. I was running much slower but got to about 9.5 and was pretty much toast and walked most of the remainder. Every time I’d start running it felt like I should just be running to a bathroom, if you get my drift. The last 1/2 mile I was mad at myself questioning why I was struggling so much (I bonked at mile 7 of the last long run) and questioning if I was going to be able to do both Dopey and the Rebel Challenge back to back at all. Then I checked what the temp actually was when I got home to see what exactly I was running in:

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Yup, that’ll do it. No wonder I was so tapped out at the end. Hopefully it will get a little better when it cools off, usually in mid-Oct around here.

The Galloway plan has step back weeks every other weekend and I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to in the next couple months. The weekend of the Tower of Terror 10-Miler I’m supposed to do 5.5 on Sat and 15 on Sun. Then the weekend of Wine & Dine I’m supposed to do 8.5 on Sat and 20 on Sun. Trying to figure out if I want to just call the events enough or switch and do the Sat/Sun runs the weekends before and use the events as the step back weeks. Decisions, decisions.

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