I can’t believe this training cycle only has a few weeks left until the taper! I’m getting so excited for race day. Here’s how this week went:
Monday: 7 miles @ 11:24 pace, 20 minutes strength training. My quads were still sore from the weekend, and it was HOT and HUMID (still!), but this run still felt pretty good despite all that!
Tuesday: 3 miles @ 11:37 pace. It cooled off a bit, and I really enjoy these shorter runs during the week!
Wednesday: 1 mile warmup, speedwork, 1 mile cooldown (5.75 miles total). For this workout, I did four 800m repeats and a couple of 400m repeats. I worked from home so was able to run on the trail after the sun came up, which was a nice treat. This workout was HARD, so I was so glad when I finished it, and I was able to hit all my paces. I had to walk for a few seconds during most of my recovery breaks. I’m going to try really hard next week to not do that. I treated myself to an epsom salt bath and some reading in the evening.
Thursday: 30 minutes stationary bike, 10 mins rowing machine, PT exercises. This was a good cross training day. I was feeling a bit sore from the speedwork the day before, so I spent some extra time stretching. Grey’s Anatomy was back on, so naturally I watched that while eating some ice cream.
Friday: 3 recovery miles @ 12:47 pace. My coach told me I needed to start running my recovery miles slower, so I tried really hard to pay attention to pace as well as how I felt to run slow. It made for an enjoyable run!
Also, my marathon shoes came! I ordered them a bit early this year since Pearl Izumi is exiting the running business (wahhhhhhhhhh!!). I’ll save them until November and break them in in the couple of weeks leading up to the marathon.
Saturday: 18 miles – 6 easy, 6 @ marathon pace, 6 easy. THIS RUN WAS AWESOME!!! I totally nailed this. I ran the first 6 with an 11:30 average pace, middle 6 @ 9:47 pace (goal was 9:50…yeah!) and last 6 at 11:03. I did this entire run on the Silver Comet Trail – so the first 9 were a net slight uphill and the back 9 were a net slight downhill. It was a little cooler than it has been, but still hot, so I really had no idea if I was going to be able to hit the paces I needed to, but decided to give it a shot and see what happened. I ran the first mile and a half with Alaina which really helped calm my nerves! The run turned out great and was a fantastic confidence booster! I capped off the run with an ice bath which felt awesome after a sweaty run. The pace miles definitely felt fast, but I expected them to. I still have a few weeks of hard workouts left, and hopefully the change in weather, which has to be soon, will help make these miles a little less challenging feeling. I tried not to think about the idea of running that fast during the marathon, and instead just focused on the workout at hand.
Sunday: Rest day. I went to breakfast with my friend and ate all the food:
I’m signed up for yoga, but Brian is coming home today (yay!!) and I need to do some work, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually make it over there. As a compromise I may just do a yoga dvd at the house to save time (the studio is about 45 mins away…)
Total miles for the week: 36.75Only 7 weeks until the @sportsbackers Richmond Marathon! #marathontraining Click To Tweet
I’m feeling so much better this week compared to last week. My energy levels are back and my workouts are going well again. I went back to the allergist for a follow up and he confirmed that I am, in fact, NOT allergic to anything that is released in the fall. I asked him what he thought about my nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache (I was miserable the previous week) and he said it was likely just a headcold. Which would explain why I felt like crap. At any rate, I’m feeling so much better now. I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks! This will be the highest mileage I’ve ever run in a training cycle, and I’m near my previous peak of 40 miles already. I am feeling so different this cycle, and I just can’t wait to see what I can do on race day.
How was your week? Please link up below with Jessie and I!