Since my stress fracture in mid-September, not a week has gone by that I haven’t felt frustrated by my limitations. Even as the mileage started to creep up and I began adding in a little bit of tempo work, I still felt severely short of where I’d hoped to be in terms of training. Until this week. This is the week where I can take out all the caveats and say. I’m running a marathon in seven weeks, and I’m going to be READY.
Back in November, my physical therapist told me to adjust my expectations, that Boston wouldn’t be my fastest marathon. My goal is to prove him wrong, and if all goes well on race day, I think I’ve got a pretty good shot at it.
Monday – 9 miles with tempo (7:58 avg) – 2 mile warm-up, then 10 minute tempo run @ 7:35, 10 minute tempo run @ 7:24, 10 minute tempo run @ 7:13
(3 minute recovery jog in between). This felt so (relatively) comfortable that I even switched treadmills to cool down so I could make sure that the treadmill I used for the tempo wasn’t way off calibration. It wasn’t!
Tuesday – Off – Had an ART appointment in the morning, so just hit the gym for 45 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes of weights. Was sore from the ART, and the pain “traveled” to some new spots, which seemed like a good sign–like we might be getting somewhere with finding the root causes.
Wednesday – 8 miles outside (9:08 avg) – Still noticeably sore from ART for this run. Inside of my hip hurt more vs. the outside/glutes. There was a lot of ice to dodge, but a lot of clear pavement as well. Wasn’t a very fast run b/c of how I was feeling combined with the ice.
Thursday – 6 miles (8:45 avg) – Lots of discomfort in hip for this one, but less so when I opened up my stride and went a little faster (downhill felt better than uphill). Had an ART appointment after the run that helped a lot and gave me hope I could get the long run done.
Friday – 20 miles (8:26 avg) – Goal was to run 19 with 7 miles at MP (8:00) at the end. It was 18 degrees when I started, but a nice and toasty 28 degrees when I finished. Definitely felt the impact of the cold at first, but overall, the first half was very comfortable. I had dry (non icy!) pavement for most of it, with a few patches of ice here/there that slowed me down. I took a drink/bathroom break around mile 8 or 9. First half I think I averaged around an 8:35 pace. It felt fairly easy, but a lot of the first stretch is slightly downhill (net elevation loss of 240).
The next 8-9 miles were definitely more difficult because of the slight uphill, a headwind, and I was feeling dehydrated. I could tell that I needed water (besides being really thirsty) when I was trying my darndest to get going faster and my legs just wouldn’t cooperate. Definitely had some sluggish miles from 9-11 (9:00 pace). After I hit 11 miles, I tried really hard to pick up the pace, but didn’t hit 8:00. Splits were 8:19, 8:05, 8:21, 8:10, 8:20. At that point, I reached the car and was able to get some water. That helped a ton. Next 3 miles were 7:58, 8:00, 7:54. I decided to bump it up to 20 because I was feeling good and the last mile I “jogged it in” at 8:24 (and that was with some uphill segments!). The good news was that my hip really didn’t bother much, even toward the end, and the final stretch (3 miles) was when I was feeling my strongest.
Saturday – Off
Sunday – 7 miles (8:37 avg) – Easy run at the indoor track.
Total – 50 miles! 45 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes weights