This time next week I will be a two-time marathoner!
This week was great. I was spot on for my nutrition – no sweets or cheat meals, and I can tell that my legs are getting recovered for the big day. I also talked to my coach and laid out my goals for this race.
Before we get into goals for the race, here is how this week played out:
Monday: 4 easy treadmill miles @ 10:56 pace.
It was POURING rain when I got up to do this run and I just couldn’t bring myself to run outside. I took a long lunch break and did these miles on the treadmill instead. I got pretty bored after the second mile so I played around a lot with the incline to keep myself occupied.
Tuesday: 7 mile run – 11:01/10:25/10:20/10:31/10:30/10:13/11:22, 30 mins strength training
I briefly considered doing speedwork but decided that since my foot has been feeling good, no reason to try to push it the week before the marathon. I still wanted to get my legs moving so decided to do 1 mile warmup, 5 around a 10:30 pace, and the last mile as a cooldown. This was a SWEATY run as it’s been so unseasonably warm here in Atlanta. I’m so ready for the cooler weather! I did strength training after work and really pushed hard on my legs since I knew it would be probably the last strength session I’d do before the marathon.
Wednesday: 30 mins stretching & foam rolling
I was supposed to do my cross training on my lunch break, but I ended up having some stuff coming up at work and didn’t have time to take a long break, and I stayed late after work too (prime reminder why I like to get my workouts done in the morning). When I got home, I ate and then took an epsom salt bath since I was so sore from the day before, and spent a lot of time just stretching and rolling that night.
Also, I got a new phone! My previous phone was over 2 years old and was spazzing out all the time. I ordered the new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and it arrived. I obviously had to test out the camera. Here’s a picture of Skipper looking adorable:
Thursday: 3 miles @ 11:44 pace.
This was a hard run. My body was feeling pretty run down and I believe still recovering from my Tuesday workout. I decided there is a time and place to push through a hard run and the taper is not it. I cut my run short and spent the extra time stretching/foam rolling some more.
Friday: Rest day!!!
Nothing exciting to report here. Since I only had 8 miles the next day, Brian and I went out to dinner for Greek food instead of me having my usual pre-long run dinner.
Saturday: 8 miles @ 11:11 pace
My last “long” run of the training cycle!! Carrie and I met up to do this together, and I was glad that there was a slight break in the rain. However, the humidity was killer (near 100%) and the temps were in the upper 60s. I was surprised at how easy this pace felt though even with the weather. It’s clear that the taper is working and I’m getting excited to see what will happen on race day!
After the run, I tested out running and drinking from race cups. If you remember, I had a real hard time with this during the Diva’s Half Marathon, and I wanted to practice again before the race. Good news, I figured it out! Now I hopefully won’t have to stop at all during the marathon.
I was so happy to be able to be productive after the run on Saturday and not be totally wiped out from the effort. I’m looking forward to half marathon training in the spring with lower mileage!
Saturday night Brian and I went to our third wedding of the season for another one of my Emory classmates. It was a big one (around 350 people in attendance) and we had a great time! I rented yet another dress from Rent the Runway and got a ton of compliments on it. The food was some of the best we have had at a wedding – the couple is Taiwanese and I got to test out my chopstick skills! (Pssst, want to try Rent the Runway? Use this link and code “REFERRAL15” for 20% off your first rental!
Sunday: I plan to go to my Yoga for Athletes class as well as a Deep Stretch class right afterwards.
Total miles for the week: 22
Next week is race week!! I just can’t believe it’s finally here. I honestly feel very calm and ready, much better than the first time around! I’m just so excited to run through Richmond and see what I can do. I talked to my coach yesterday about my goals and strategy for this race and I’m feeling really good about my goals. If everything lines up right, I’m prepared to have a really great race. My coach likes to use “good, better, best” goals and I like that approach – so here is what I’ve come up with:
Best Day Goal – this is if everything lines up and I have a really fantastic day. My best day goal is to run a negative split race. This is what both my coach and I came up with separately and I really think this is attainable if I run smart. The course lends itself well to achieving this goal as long as nothing goes off the rails during the race.
Better Goal – this is a decent day but not my best. I’d like to run a consistent pace through the duration of the race.
Good Goal – this is if something goes off the rails during the race (stomach issues, IT band pain, or it’s just not my day). I originally told my coach I’d like to beat my previous marathon time of 5:17 but really, if it’s not my day, I don’t want to focus on that. If things go terribly, my goal is to find a way to pull myself out of the bad place, have fun, and run the rest of the race in a way that I’m proud. To me, that means not giving up and finishing with a smile on my face.
One thing you’ll notice is that none of my goals involve a time. Because of this, I will not be looking at my pace on my Garmin during the race. I plan to run the first part of the race very conservatively, the middle part a little less conservatively, and then ideally pick it up after mile 18. I will not have the pace shown on my Garmin, just the total distance. I’m going to try my best to not look at the clocks along the course, too. My coach and I originally talked about me checking the total time at certain parts during the race, but I don’t think I’m going to do that. I really want to focus on just running the best race I can, and let the paces fall where they will!
I’m feeling really good & prepared going into this race, and the weather so far is looking like it will be perfect. No matter what happens, it’ll be a fun weekend with friends and the perfect way to cap off this training season. I likely won’t be blogging any more this week, so the next time you visit my blog, you’ll be reading about my race! Have a great week everyone!