Last week was my second-to-last week of tough training!
AND THANK GOD.
I’ve been training since June because I thought I was going to run Wineglass. I’m really excited for the marathon itself, but I’m totally burnt out on training.
Last week was sort of a weird week for training for me…
Monday: scheduled rest day
Tuesday: Pushed my run off in the morning, got some fabulous news (more to come soon!) and decided celebrating >>>> running.
Wednesday: Had some logistical stuff to deal with most of the day and somewhere to be at night and the day just got away from me.
THREE REST DAYS IN A ROW DURING A PEAK WEEK. I AM AWESOME AT MARATHON TRAINING.
Thursday: I think the #runcrazy started Thursday. I was terrified of the run on my schedule: 15 min warmup, 30 minutes at 10K pace, 10 minutes easy, 30 MORE MINUTES at 10K pace, 10 minute cooldown. I also had been planning on going to Uplift for a fun event they were having. But after some chatting with Dori on gchat, I realized that was a dumb idea, and I set out for the run. I got about 5 minutes into the first hard section and started freaking out that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I stopped and sat down for a minute to compose myself.
After a minute, I decided to detach myself from the outcome of the run and not freak out if I didn’t hit the paces I wanted to hit…and just run, hard. I ended up misjudging timing a little bit about when Ashley would get to my apartment, and I had a few more errands to run in between, so I cut out 10 minutes from the second hard section. Either way, I ended up with a total of 9 miles for a weekday run and 5 of those at a good clip.
Friday: Running mojo was weirdly low last week, and I was supposed to do 6 but only did 3, switching out Sunday’s recovery for a little shakeout the day before my 20-miler.
Saturday: #runcrazy, 20 miles. The only other thing to note – I had totally run out of any kind of fuel that I wanted to take, so I stopped into a bike shop (in a cocktail dress, on my way out on Friday night, NBD) to pick up some fuel. They didn’t have any Shot Bloks, my usual fuel, so I tried Honey Stingers. AND I LOVED THEM. I try to eat organic when possible, but I’m not militant about it, BUT I loved that they were organic and had a good ingredient list of stuff I could pronounce.
Sunday: 8 miles, instead of the planned 6, to make up for Saturday’s fail. I’m terrified of my watch lately. I’m terrified to review my splits and see they’re not what I’d hoped they’d be. So, I tried really hard to run goal pace for 6 of the miles, but I think I fell a little short of this on my fatigued legs.
Total: 40 miles, the most I’ve hit this training cycle. Squeezing them into four days wasn’t quite ideal, but I still feel good for having these miles in my muscle memory now.
THIS WEEK: Runner’s World Half! (+5k +10K + 7 miles after the half) I am so psyched.
How was your week of training, and what workouts are you psyched for this week?