A recap of last week’s workouts leading up to the 2018 Boston Marathon. I hit another personal record in weekly distance!
Happy Tuesday! I had another high mileage week last week – another new record for me! Thankfully my mileage is backing off a bit this week – I was ready for that, mentally and physically. I’m about 9 weeks out from the Boston Marathon which seems very far away, but also very close. I’ll be tapering before I know it!
If you missed yesterday post, I shared what training plan I’m using for the Boston Marathon and other training plans I’ve used in the past. Read that blog post here! I’m also giving away a copy of the book that has my training plan (and some other goodies) on Instagram.
Last week’s workouts
M – Crossfit
I’m so sick of the WODs at our CrossFit gym lately. I actually dropped my membership and am now on a punch pass. Part of that has to do with my marathon training and part of it is that I just don’t enjoy the programming lately. It makes me sad! Has anyone else gone through this with their gym?
T- 7.5 miles, 8:44 pace – Recovery Run with 6 100m strides at the end
W – 12 miles, 8:22 pace – Medium Long Run
It was pouring rain and cold (mid 30s) and I was SO grateful to have the company of a new running friend!
I had a 60 minute massage. I typically do deep tissue but we did a relaxation massage to try to get my muscle to release and lower my cortisol since I’m so stressed out lately. ha!
Th – Cyclebar
The folks at the new Cyclebar in Winston-Salem let me host a private class for friends and blog readers. It was so much fun! Tommy has a membership at Cyclebar and is really enjoying it. I think I’ll probably join him more often after marathon training ends. (Please pardon the random sweat spot on my shirt!)
F – 10.1 miles, 7:48 pace – Lactate Threshold Run
I eased into the run, gradually increasing my speed and did the last 6 miles at half marathon pace, about a 7:15 minute mile (or tried to anyway!). Like last week, the first few miles felt awful and then the tempo pace felt great. It was challenging but I enjoyed it. However, I’ve got to find a better route for my tempo runs. It always seems so hilly!
Sa – 5.1 miles, 9:06 pace – Recovery Run
This run felt AMAZING. It was 55 degrees, overcast, with a light mist and no wind. It was so nice to have warmer temperatures and no rain after some pretty icky runs all week! I’m so ready for spring.
Su – 20.2 miles, 8:42 pace – Long Run + Hot Vinyasa
I was a NERVOUS wreck on Saturday leading up to my long run given the forecast of 100% chance of pouring rain and 15 mph winds. While I planned to start my run at 7 am, I woke up WAY before my alarm and was out of bed at 5:15. I texted my friend Christian to see if she was going to join me or not (she’s an early bird riser), and she decided to pass so I headed out for my run around 6:20.
It was dark but incredibly peaceful. There was NO one else out, even as it got lighter, probably because the forecast was so bad but the weather was shockingly calm for the first 1.5 hours. It rained off and on for the second half of my run and the wind picked up. Then a TOTAL downpour started at mile 17 and I regretted intentionally choosing a hilly finish. I was so ready to be done. But, I made it through and it was so much better than I was expecting.
Total Miles: 55 miles!
How I’m Feeling:
Considering I’ve never run this kind of distance, I am SO happy with how I’ve been feeling. I was completely wiped out on Monday – I almost felt sick – but I think it was just not sleeping well on Saturday night and then the long run setting in. I did a very easy recovery run on Monday and didn’t worry about my pace one bit; my first mile was almost a 10 minute mile. My training plan has forced me to do is listen to my body. I really enjoy the recovery runs now and don’t get hung up on “I should be running xyz pace.”
In Meb for Mortals, he talks about how elites have a much bigger range in their paces because they truly go easy on recovery days, sometimes 2+ minutes per mile slower than race pace. So I always remember that – if slow is good for Meb, slow is good for me. 🙂
I’ve been googling marathon running blogs because it’s helpful to hear about the highs and lows that others go through as well. But, it dawned on me today that SO many of my readers have run half and full marathons! Leave me a comment and tell me how you coped with long run nerves. It seems to be getting worse not better! If the run is over 16 miles, I wig out.