My SF marathon training has been going well. I have had three weeks at 50 plus miles and 1 week at 40 miles in the last four weeks. This week was my planned top week . . . 55 miles. Then, taper.
The 19 mile run itself went well. It was very hot. Nearly 90 when we finished. As I stated too many times, I hate running in the heat. I was struggling at times, but watched my water better so I felt okay overall. I was trying to end strong, but one of the runners with us had dropped off. So far off that I could not see him. So with about two miles left in the run, I stopped and waited for him. I then ran back with him. With it being so hot, I did not want someone to be left by themselves if they were struggling. So I did not end the last two miles as fast as I would have liked to, but I had a good fast 7 mile hill run on Monday to make up for it.
On Monday, I decided to run out to the farm (where we keep our horse and pony) and back. It is a good 800 to 1K feet climb uphill for 3.5 miles. After the run, we then went swimming with cousins and had a BBQ.
I could tell that I was not feeling 100% and then as we got home at night I felt worse. I tried to go to sleep, but kept waking up with a sore throat. So somehow I now have a cold. :( I went to work on Tuesday but felt horrible so I went home early. I have to cancel my Tuesday night run in hopes that a little rest will help. Unfortunately, I have to wake up at 5am to fly out to DC for work on Wed. morning. Before this cold, I planned to run Wed and Thursday in DC, but now I just want to somehow make it through this business trip and likely need to not run to rest (but I'm taking my running clothes).
Very disappointing, but I suppose it is better than getting sick on race day.
Also, Rachel from Eat, Write and Run has some pictures from our 19 mile run. I just found out recently that she has a blog. It is a great blog and very exciting to know that I run with someone else that blogs. Here is one picture she took after our run:
She has more on her blog.