Six weeks to go until the Berlin Marathon. I’m trying to be mindful and stay in the moment to avoid freaking out. Sometimes even successfully! This was a good week because I got all my runs in and even felt like I could have done more.
Sunday 8/7: 7.5-mile progress calibration run. Not much to say about this one; I’ve done so many of these Sunday tempo runs that finding the right level of effort has become pretty automatic.
Monday 8/8: 15 miles. Was hot, but this was still my best long run so far because it only felt like a slog for about five minutes at the end. Also, it was the last long run! Am I relieved because I don’t necessarily enjoy long runs in the heat, or am I frightened because the next four weeks replace long runs with workouts like 12 miles at “marathon pace”? I can’t decide.
Tuesday 8/9: Rest day.
Wednesday 8/10: 5.5 miles easy.
Thursday 8/11: 8.5 miles total, with 4 miles of intervals on loops in the park. Dodging people and dogs is a standard part of this workout, but today the main challenge was trying not to step on the kamikaze striped field mice that kept running out of the bushes.
Friday 8/12: 6.2 miles easy. Legs feeling surprisingly good after the intervals yesterday: tired, but not heavy, sore, or dead.
Saturday 8/13: 4 miles easy + 1 hr. Pilates mat class.
Total: 46 miles