My knees hurt. On the outside and underneath. According to what I've read this is an IT band problem.
They don't hurt bad enough to STOP me from running my 8 miler yesterday (go me!). But in respect for an important part of the running anatomy, I am taking Saturday off (easy 4 miles) and Sunday off (rest day) completely to give them a break and not injure myself. Gotta give some love to the knees.
Let's talk 8 miles. (technically, 8.13) I finished in 1:22 which is 10:05 pace. YAY!!! my times are getting faster on longer runs!! woohoo!! Let's review...
5 miles: 51 min. (10:11 pace)
6.1 mile: 1:02 (10:12 pace)
7.1 miles: 1:12 (10:08 pace)
8.13 miles: 1:22 (10:05 pace)
Fuel for the 8 miler - 1 slice of bread & 4 oz. water pre-run. 1 vanilla bean Gu (YUM) @ mile 4 & 18oz water on the run. I was hungry at the end and couldn't wait for breakfast. Day of race - eat a lot more before the race and will take a Gu every 4 miles.
I had a second wind at mile 5 and my pace sped up, my heartrate rose, and I was cruising the last 3 miles. I knew I was working harder and my breathing was faster, but it felt good for some reason - like I was having an out of body experience. I noticed that my body was working, but it didn't hurt, so I didn't mind doing it. totally weird.
This next week in a recovery week as far as the running goes, so the plan is as follows:
Monday: 5 miles, 4 pick ups in the middle
Tuesday: bike 12 w/ intervals
Wednesday: 4 miles w/ hill repeats
Thursday: 20 miles easy on the bike
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 4 miles easy
The race is 29 days away!!!!! yikes!!