OMG it’s been forever since I posted a training log! These weeks have been flying by and the Akron Marathon is NEXT Saturday! I can’t believe I’ve been working with Coach Emily for nine weeks now and the race is almost here. I feel really ready for a speedy marathon and hitting that time I set a goal for so long ago.
This past week was my last week of preparation, now I’m in the “peak” phase of resting, staying healthy and picking out my race outfit (I still need a top).
Monday: 5 miles easy with my friend, Erin. I met Erin at her house for an easy run. It wasn’t on my schedule, but I needed some girl time.
Tuesday: 11 mile tempo run. Holy hotness Tuesday! I was off work, but still had to get up while it was still dark before it got crazy hot and humid. Anyway, I did a slow 30 minute warmup, five-mile tempo at an 8:37 average and 30 minute cool down. It’s crazy looking back on just two months ago, when I did steady state runs and thought that the 8:59 pace was hard to hold for 3-4 miles and this tempo run was a breeze despite the humidity. I spent the rest of the day at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where the ladies in the cafe made a comment about my racerback tank tan lines.
Wednesday: 4.1 miles easy. Wednesday was another hot and humid day, so I went out early for an easy 40 minutes.
Thursday: 7 miles of Towpath and trails. I met up with a local group, the Crooked River Trail Runners, for their usual Thursday night run in the CVNP. I got there early and did two miles on my own on the Towpath and then ran with some of the guys for the rest on the trail. It had been a while since I had hit the trail and it felt great. I felt really strong and ran up almost all of the hills with no problem.
Saturday: 18 mile fast finish long run. My last long run! I went down to Peninsula and ran the roads and Towpath to make sure I had a nice mix of flats and hills. I ran the first 12 a little faster than normal long run pace and the last six as close to race pace as I could. I had done this same workout two weeks ago, and finished five minutes faster this time.
Sunday: 4 miles easy on the trails. I slept in and ran trails alone. All was well and right with the world, until I caught a tree root and banged up my knee with less than a quarter-mile left to go. Of course, some hikers watched it happen and I had to suck it up and jog back to the car.
Total: 49 miles.