My first training log on Salty Running, so to backtrack a bit: I’ve basically been training for the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis since, um, mid-May. One thing about having a coach is that the line between training and not training is really blurry — I can’t say when this cycle actually started. But, I’ve been over 50 miles per week and doing speed work since May 16, so let’s just go with that.
I’m also a certified Pilates instructor and I typically teach twice a week, although the schedule seems to keep changing and I keep getting asked to sub, so it changes.
This week was a post-race recovery week for me — I raced a 5k last Tuesday and a half-marathon last Saturday. My recovery week mileage is now higher than my max mileage from a year ago. WHOA. And it was a good week for recovery because my schedule was off-kilter
Monday: Still hot and humid here. Hopped on the treadmill but only had time for 4 of my 6 miles for the day before I needed to do a Pilates demo for a Learn to Exercise class. I thought about skipping the last 2 but instead got back on the treadmill I am compulsive. 6 miles, 49:43.
Tuesday: No speedwork this week, all easy milage, so an 8 easy from home in the morning and a massage in the afternoon. 8 miles, 69:00.
Wednesday: Work meeting early, so I ran at 5:40 a.m. Dark when I started, dark when I finished. Another 8 mile day, a solid 10 seconds per mile faster than the day before — progress. I had my regular Pilates class to teach that night — we finished a multi-week focus on rolling motions, so rolling like a ball, roll over, roll up, straight-leg rocker, open-leg rocker and seal. 8 miles, 68:22.
Thursday: Couldn’t run in the morning because sleep, ended up doing 10 on the treadmill (2 more than planned) before teaching Pilates Strength (a nice 45-minute mix of core, arms and legs). 10 miles, 81:36.
Friday: I intended to get up and run early in the morning, but I didn’t. Treadmill day number three for the week! The heat index was 92* and I just couldn’t. I’m re-watching Covert Affairs and that plus air conditioning was way more appealing. 6 miles, 50:50.
Saturday: Another weird schedule day. Normally my long run day, but my bestie was visiting from out-of-state so I switched days so I could run long with her. My Saturday run partner cancelled last minute, but then another friend texted right after that so I met her instead. Easy 7, 57:55.
Sunday: Super day for company! Two best friends! But 68*, hella humid and a dew point of 65 in the morning. Started solo for 2 miles, picked up one friend, ran 6 miles, picked up other friend, ran 6 miles, dropped off second friend, ran 3 miles, dropped off first friend, ran 3 miles. We call this a “school bus run” when you’re making multiple stops for people to get on and off the “bus.”
Coach had scheduled 16-20 with an optional 4-6 miles of progression at the end, but I had a lot of discretion to rein it back in if I wasn’t feeling recovered from last week’s race(s).
Fortunately, I felt great. Progression bit 7:44, 7:28, 7:13 and 6:53. This was another glycogen depletion run, teaching my body to utilize fat stores (and hopefully prevent bonking). Gel before but just water and electrolyte supplements during. 20 miles, 2:40:29.
Totals: 65 miles run, 2 Pilates classes taught.