My highest week of mileage EVER is in the books, and the Boston Marathon is 10 weeks out! I’m feeling really good about things today, but to be totally honest, I was a little frustrated last week after a horrible midweek run, hip issues, calf issues and then an angry achilles. I was discouraged when my coach altered my training for the week, even though that’s EXACTLY why I hired a coach in the first place. Ecoch does what’s best for me when I’m not rational about it.
I was so happy about my 20 mile run on Saturday since I went into it without a lot of confidence in my body. But I felt SO strong by the end and hit my strides easily. While my hip, calf and Achilles are still a little grumpy, they’re all doing doing so much better. (Seeing my physical therapist definitely helped with that!) It’s funny how backing off makes it so much easier to make progress. 🙂
I do think I slacked a bit on my recovery last week, not foam rolling enough and probably didn’t also fuel well enough. And I definitely wasn’t sleeping enough (until Saturday night!). And work was super stressful at times. So, I’m working to get back in the habit of taking even 5 minutes to foam roll since I realized I actually do like it! 😉
Being consistent with the little things is just as important as being consistent with training! And on that note, here’s what last week’s training looked like!
Last week’s marathon training
M – 65 min recovery run (AM) and 32 min easy run (PM) + quick strength gym session
- I noticed a calf knot on this run, and should have addressed it with my R8 and stretching. But I ignored it. 🙂
T – 95 minute easy recovery run
- My calf cramped up like crazy and I had to stop a few times to stretch and walk it out. I really should have just stopped this run early.
W – total REST
- I paid the price for being the dumb the day before and my coach, Enoch, adjusted the rest of my schedule for the week, removing a hard Thursday workout and another double run day — both of which I was looking forward to.
Th – 70 minute easy run
- I hit the treadmill to avoid hills that irritate my hip and calf and to be able to quit just in case my calf acted up! I didn’t feel great but I got through it without pain and kept the pace slow!
F – 50 minute easy run
S – 20 miles, easy with 6 strides near the end
- I was sluggish at first and started to get really tired by the end, but when I started my strides around mile 18, I felt GREAT and finished feeling so happy and strong.
Su – 30 minute recovery run
- I slept TEN hours on Saturday night!! This run was great — the sun was shining, it was 50 degrees and I was just so happy!
Total miles for the week: 60.6 miles!
After my Sunday morning run, I wore compression socks for a few hours. They felt soooo good! I need to get back in the habit of using them!
And can I brag about how good my hair looked AFTER I ran on Friday? I ran at lunch and honestly didn’t want to since I was having such a good hair day. But MAN, I was happy when I got back. I think the key is dry shampoo (I use primally pure) + lots of hairspray (which I don’t use often) + a low ponytail and no headband.
I hope you have a GREAT week ahead of you and if you have any tips for being consistent with the little things like stretching, foam rolling, sleep, etc. I’d love to hear it!! Leave a comment and share!