I made it through two more tough weeks of Hanson’s marathon prep and have only three weeks left until the race. It should be mostly downhill from here, with the exception of a handful of runs at goal marathon pace. However, while my legs have held up during the training, I seem to be suffering from iron deficiency. This weekend in particular has been really rough in terms of my energy level. I’ve been extremely tired, irritable, weak and unmotivated. All signs (and labs) point to iron deficiency.
To be honest, even after putting in all the work and having nothing but taper ahead, I’ve lost my motivation to run the marathon. I hope I’ll wake up tomorrow feeling like my old self–energetic and excited again. But as it stands, I feel like I’m using up the last of my energy writing this training log. (Insert nap here).
The last two weeks of training actually did go very well, and in spite of how I feel at the moment (awful), I am still pleased that I was able to accomplish what I did.
Week of 8/22 – 8/28 – 54 miles
Monday – 6 easy
Tuesday – 10 miles (8:19 avg) – Target: 1.5m Wu, 2x 3 mile @ 7:50, 1 mile recovery, 1.5m CD. Very poor sleep night before combined with a late start and poor fueling…..this run felt awful. The warmup even felt hard. Once I started the first 3 mile rep, I started feeling a lot better. That lasted through the entire 3 miles (which was all a slight downhill grade), so I did 7:48, 7:36, 7:36. Recovery at 8:53, then 7:51, 7:53, 7:35. But the catch is that I stopped after every one of those miles to regroup and recover. My legs were just trashed, and my energy level was really low.
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – 12 miles with 9 miles at GMP (7:54 avg).
Friday – 6 miles easy
Saturday – 10 miles easy
Sunday – 10 miles easy
Week of 8/29 – 9/4 – 62 miles + 11 miles hiking (new mileage PR!)
Monday- 8 miles easy
Tuesday-10.5 miles (8:05 avg) – 1.5m WU, target 3x 2miles @ 7:50, 800m recovery, 1.5m CD
Actuals: 7:34, 7:41 / 7:40, 7:39 / 7:38, 7:42
Wednesday – Supposed to be a day off, but hiked 11.5 miles to a gorgeous pair of lakes and back. It was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen and so worth the sore muscles the next day…..and the next day.
Thursday – 7 miles easy
Friday -12.5 miles (8:06 avg) – Warm up for 2.5 miles, then 10 miles at GMP. Averaged 7:54 for 10 miles. Was a very difficult run. My legs were sore before I even started (mostly DOMS from the 12 mile hike on my “off” day). My hamstring started to hurt. Who am I kidding, everything hurt. It felt about the same as running the last 10 miles of a marathon. I guess this cumulative fatigue thing is legit.
Saturday – 8 miles easy
Sunday – 16 miles (8:54 avg) – Got up early for this one to run with my friend. Started out the run chasing an arctic hare down the path (our own personal rabbit). A few miles later we nearly ran onto a pair of porcupines on the side of the trail. And what would a long run be without a couple moose sightings? So toss in a couple of those too. Felt tired for the run, but managed to get through it without any new injuries. Picked up pace for last two miles to close to MP (8:10ish). Felt strong at the end but oh so ready to be done.