I knew I was going to have some hard workouts, but this week was harder than I was expecting. Why?
- I was coming off a 22+ mile long run on Sunday and a 70 mile week last week.
- I was super busy at work and with my personal life.
- I had 3 really hard quality workouts.
- My mileage during the work week was the same volume and intensity as last week.
- I ran almost 55 miles
The point that surprises me the most is the last one. 55 miles is definitely higher than I normally run during taper – even the first week. Usually I cut back into the mid to upper 40s. But I had to trust in my coach and fit it all in. Although I admit that due to time constraints, I did cut one easy run short by a little more than 20 minutes, so I *should* have actually run a couple more. Here’s how it looked:
Monday is my rest day. I was definitely feeling my 22 miler though. I did loosen up my legs a bit at Girls on the Run Monday evening and I felt pretty good.
Tuesday I had strength intervals on deck. One hour thirty minutes with 6 x mile repeats at 7:23 pace; .5 recoveries. Despite being pretty tired, I nailed them. In fact, I was a bit ahead of pace for every one. (7:15, 7:20, 7:20, 7:20, 7:18, 7:18). The run was a HUGE confidence builder since I was coming off such a heavy week and I was unable to hit my strength intervals last week.
Wednesday I was scheduled for 75 minutes easy. But John had to go in super early for work and I had to make sure the boys got ready for school. The only way I’d be able to fit in 75 minutes was if I got up before 5. I wasn’t going to do that since I was feeling really exhausted and I know I need to focus on rest. So I logged 53 minutes – 5.9 miles (9:03 pace). I was tired and dragging.
Thursday my freaking Garmin died. Yes, it is the second 610 I’ve gotten (first one also had problems) and I’ve had it less than 3 weeks. It would not reset, it would not charge at all. Damn. I was scheduled for 75 minutes again – which I knew would be around 8.5 miles. I have a route that is that long, so I ran it sans watch. Not sure of my exact pace, but I felt swift and if I were guessing, I’d say it was closer to 8:45 than 9.
This is not good.
Friday I thankfully was able to get my Garmin working. I kept fiddling with it until it finally came back to life and started charging. Clearly there was an issue with either the charger or the watch itself. But I needed it as I had a tough workout on deck: 10 minute warmup; 9 miles at goal marathon pace (7:40); 10 minute cool down. Whew – it was hard. Those miles definitely felt harder than marathon pace. But no worries – I reminded myself I am still in hard training mode and it isn’t supposed to feel easy. Got in a total of 11.4 miles (7:56 pace).
Saturday my Garmin was totally dead again. I had 45 minutes on tap, so I ran 3 miles with John, then 2 more on my own. No idea of pace, but I’m sure I was in my easy range (8:45-9).
Sunday was my third killer workout. I only had an hour and forty-five minutes, but I was supposed to run the first 45 minutes at 8:45 pace; then the second hour at 7:30 pace. Fortunately my awesome friend Michelle let me borrow her Garmin. I took off and the first 45 minutes were super easy. I was even a bit ahead of pace. But those 7:30s were a different story. It was windy and hard. So after 5 miles, I called it quits and just ran at a harder (but not as hard pace – 8:20s and 8:30s). Ended up with 13 miles (8:13 average pace).
That brought me to just a hair under 55 miles (5 hours; 40 minutes).
Bring on week two of taper!