Catnip’s training log – week ending 10/12/2014

After being knocked down by a virus a couple weeks ago and missing a big training week,  I’m getting my confidence back for the Columbus Marathon. Maybe it’s a good thing I had to struggle because I’ve often gone into my previous marathons overconfident and burning myself out running the early miles too fast. I need to remember that breaking 3 hours is just an arbitrary goal at this point in my comeback and the real goal of this race is to run a marathon intelligently and set myself up for a proper assault on the 2:43:00 Olympic Trials standard in the next year or so.

Monday: 4.1 miles/35 minutes with a few surges at marathon pace on the treadmill

Tuesday: 6.2 miles/51:50 and 3.3 miles/29:40. I can tell the taper is taking effect because my easy day paces are coming down. I wonder how I’d do in a marathon a week earlier.

Wednesday: 3.4 miles/30:15 and 6.5 miles/46:57 with 5 miles aiming for marathon pace but got a little antsy and cranked it up. Averaged 6:37 and felt good.

Thursday: 4.2 miles/36 minutes. This is the first time I’ve had much free time in the evenings since having baby JB! What do I do?! And what will I do next week during the real taper?

Friday: 3.5 miles/30:21 and 3.5 miles 31:15. Keeping some doubles just to maintain a bit of the regular training routine.

Saturday: 1.8 miles in the evening. Parents visited and was busy all day. Hopped on the treadmill in the evening, but was super bored. Nice thing about taper is that a 1.8 mile run is perfectly fine.

Sunday: 10 miles/70:33. I haven’t run many marathon pace workouts outdoors so I was pleasantly surprised how easy this felt! Knocked out the middle 5 miles in 6:45, 6:37, 6:30, 6:37, 6:21 mostly running by feel and occasionally checking the Garmin to find out I needed to settle down. Really enjoyed myself on this run.

Total:  46.5 miles

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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