We’re getting down to the wire. I’m three weeks out from my spring marathon. This coming week will be my last quality week before taper. Come Friday night, I will have wrapped up all of the difficult parts of training. This past week, I focused on solidifying my goals and rebounding back from my less than stellar workout at the Cleveland half marathon.
Monday: 5 miles easy.
Tuesday: 5.5 miles steady with James.
Wednesday: 10 miles with 6 x 900 meter hill repeats (run by feel). I love/hate this workout. It is hard yet it makes me feel strong, especially when I run it by feel. I focused on finishing each repeat on the upswing. I also did lower body strength training after the workout.
Thursday: 5.5 miles easy at night with James and Chris. Core work after the run.
Friday: 10 miles with 7 @ 8:17. This was an important tempo effort. I started off the first 3.5 at 8:20s and it felt like a jog. I then took it down each mile thereafter, finishing the last mile in 8:00. The goal was to regain confidence in running mid 8s pace. I also watched the course video. My goals for this race are to run a Boston qualifying time (3:35) and obtain a top-3 finish. A top-3 finish is less in my control (dependent on what kind of competition shows up) and so if it happens, great, but if not, I will be happy with a solid effort.
Saturday: Off/rest and core work.
Sunday: 20 mile (approx) trail run with James and some ultra friends and upper body strength training. I ran this more for time (3 hours and 10 minutes) and to get more in tune with my internal experience. I think a key to running marathons (or any race really) is learning how to trust yourself. I’ll be working on this the last three weeks of training.
Total: 56 miles