Tonight, as GB and I shared a cab downtown from the lovely (if by lovely, you mean nearly vomit-inducing hill repeats) workout we did with Jess in the park, I said about my training: “well, I just have another 6 weeks of hard training before taper.”
WHOA, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?
To be honest, I’m so ready to just run this damn thing. Because I switched races, I’ll end up training for a total of 20 weeks instead of the usual 16 weeks I’ve done for my first three marathons.
But I’ve finally settled into a good groove and my paces are starting to drop to more pleasing ones, so I am feeling much better about training. Thank god.
Last week, I traveled back from Dallas and to Maine, and frankly couldn’t get my act together for any cross-training or strength training. I can feel the difference, and I feel a bit achier and rougher (uh, and also softer) around the edges from not strength training. So this week, I made sure to book an Uplift class as I looked at this week’s training schedule (and I currently have a window open to book a yoga class.)
This week’s training recap will be fairly short because of the lack of non-running things. I remember a time when I thought that running or workout out four times a week was something only crazy people did, so every once in a while when I end up having a “light” week, it’s funny to think about how far I’ve come.
Monday: nope, nothing
Tuesday: I was really good at rest days…
Wednesday: 5 mile recovery run (although at this point it was three days after my race, so i should have been recovered.) I was slow as all hell.
Thursday: Tempo day!
I was happy with my effort level but frustrated with my actual paces – I had a really hard time zeroing in on my target tempo pace of 8:24. Warmup: 2 miles; 4 miles @ tempo (8:13, 9:03, 8:08, 8:24.) Somewhere in there, I guess I averaged out around target tempo pace?? Also, I saw Shannon while out running. And my high school prom date. New York is the smallest town in the world, you guys.
Friday: travel day, planned rest day
Saturday: I went on a really ugly run. Most of my first miles were around 9:45, which is slower than I’d like for a 10-mile run, but whatever. I picked it up to MGP (ish?) for the last 3 (9:02, 8:58, 8:49.) I am aiming for anywhere between 3:55 – 3:59:59 for my marathon, so my goal pace is somewhere between 8:58 – 9:08.
Sunday: My stomach was really upset the entire weekend, so I didn’t have any high hopes for Sunday’s 6-miler. It was really humid, and my stomach was really upset and I didn’t really know what the bathroom situation was, so I cut it short at 5.
This week’s goals: do all workouts in order (not this weird two rest day in a row business), strength + yoga. Also, less wine, more veggies. The marathon is two months from today. It’s time to turn this up.
Edited to add: i forgot to mention that I have gotten better at daily planks and push-ups. Mostly because I’m feeling mushy.
Et toi? How was your week of training? Did you run + travel? Run anywhere fun?? Gia has a great post on running while traveling.