I raced this past weekend even though my 11 weeks of training were less than ideal. The good news is that my Achilles issue continues to improve and now I can focus on strengthening my feet and back muscles. The other good news is that I took a risk to race a bunch of younger collegiate girls to see what kind of shape I’m in. The bad news isn’t that bad but I guess it just continues to reinforce my frustration for the 5k. I ran 22:01. My goal was to be a bit more under 22 minutes but I guess it could have went a lot worse. It was a nice effort and it still is fun to run in these meets.
I will use the next week to just train through and then on March 2nd, I will finally begin my marathon training plan. I will continue to use the Smart Coach plan as a guide but I’m not dead set on following it. It’s a free and easy tool for guidance so it works. My plan is 15 weeks of training and will include a 10 miler and half marathon as a means of dress rehearsal. I am taking things down a notch in my workouts because this will be my first attempt at running an entire marathon. My goal first and foremost is to run the entire thing. My secondary goal is to run a Boston qualifier and if all goes well, I think I can dip under that time. My plan has me at a projected 3:29 finish.
Monday: Off. This was not planned. I got home late and had to be up early. Sleep won.
Tuesday: 5 miles with 4 x 800 meter repeats. This is always a nice pre-race workout. I kept the pace controlled and intentionally negative split it (3:29, 3:27, 3:27, 3:20).
Wednesday: 20 minutes rowing and 9 miles on the stationary bike.
Thursday: 4 miles very slow on the treadmill. Another weekly run where I felt like crap. Not sure what that’s all about but not looking too much into it. I think I need to get over having to start at a quick pace and just ease into these easy runs. If it ends up being slow so be it but I think I engage in self defeat when I start off fast and my body isn’t ready to do so. I also did some very light leg work after the run.
Friday: 14.1 miles on the stationary bike.
Saturday: 6.1 miles with 5k on the indoor track. I considered this a nice time trial. Now bring on marathon training!
Sunday: 8 miles slooooow. Again. Afterward I had bathroom troubles and earlier in the day, I took a long nap. I think my body is fighting off something. It’s doing a good job if it is because I am still able to function.
Total: 23.1 miles on the stationary bike, 23.1 miles running (coincidence!), 20 minutes rowing. 5 hours and 47 minutes total exercise.