Hey y’all! If you’re subscribed to my email newsletter, you know that I finally registered for a marathon! I signed up for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon on March 25. Originally my plan was to try to qualify for Boston at that race, but that’s no longer my primary goal. (But hey, if it happens, AWESOME). My primary goal is to get comfortable with the distance. (Or as comfortable as one can get with a marathon distance. ha!) I haven’t run a marathon since 2009, and honestly, the distance intimidates me. My long training runs intimidate me. The fear of getting injured intimidates me. So, I think before I put the pressure on myself to BQ on top of all that, I’ll be happy with just completing the marathon — and then perhaps train for a fall marathon when I can push my training/pace more.
I’m using a Strava training plan again (it’s what I used for the Mistletoe Half last December when I PR’d) but I’ve had to tweak it a bit. I’m behind schedule since I took a couple weeks off to let my IT band recover when it first acted up, so I’m changing things a little each week from what it outlines. I regularly text my friends Anna and Michelle for their input on my training and have emailed with a few readers about it too (hi Sara!).
Last Week’s Workouts
M – 6.1 miles, first 5 averaging 8:15 pace and then a 1 mile “run” with Maizey (more like a jog/walk/stop/sniff/walk/sniff/stop/jog)
T – 7.1 miles, 3 x 2000m at 6:55 min/mile pace + warm-up/cool-down. Averaged 7:44 pace.
W – REST
Th – 6.5 miles, 7:55 pace. I ran in shorts & short sleeves! It was almost 60 degrees!
F – 4 miles, 8:10 pace (treadmill) + 20 minutes upper body strength and core work
S – REST
Su – 15.25 miles, average 8:25 pace. It was 28 degrees when I started this run. Agh! It was so rough after the warm runs earlier in the week. I was so glad that I ran the first 6 miles with my friend Ali because (a) I LOVE her, (b) it helped me get out the door early, and (c) a friend makes it so much more tolerable to run in the cold.
Total Miles: 39.1
How I feel: Ehhh, okay, I guess.
My runs have been feeling good and I’ve been feeling strong, but my IT band acted up at mile 9 on Sunday. It wasn’t horrible and I could run through it, but I was annoyed it came back. But, I also didn’t stretch much this week. It’s so easy to talk myself out of it once the pain stops. I have GOT to stick with it!! I also didn’t make it to CrossFit (other than taking Maizey on a walk there and we watched Tommy do the WOD 🙂 ). It’s hard to stick to their programming while I’m doing such high mileage since I’m pretty picky about which workouts I do and on which days. And if the prescribed WOD isn’t something I’m comfortable with given my training plan, I skip. I just have to play it by ear each week and be comfortable with that! I definitely won’t stop entirely since I think CrossFit has made me a better runner, but right now, I can’t wreck myself at a WOD expect to still run well. 🙂
Hope you had a great week of workouts too!
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