I’m going to try to log each week here until race day, so far so good! Although I skipped the first week, oops! I also started documenting the journey on the Instagram stories feature. Last marathon cycle, I used Snapchat to have some fun but I’m really liking the Instagram feature for having more of a true story platform. Unlike Snapchat, where if you share a video or picture from the camera roll it places it in a white frame and feels disconnected from the live feature of Snapchat, Instagram allows you to pull from your camera roll so you can edit videos and pictures to formulate a curated story. It really stays true to the Instagram model of beautifying the mundane and editing life but I hope to share all the parts of this training cycle. I blame the Richard Simmons podcast for inspiring my storytelling muscle! I still enjoy Snapchat but I see it like another television channel, such as MTV or Comedy Central and Instagram is more like A&E or Viceland. What do you think?
Ok, enough social media talk. Back to training. This past week wasn’t as heavy as last week but it had a track workout and a long temp that went better than I planned. In summary, I came to realize that I have a misconception that workouts should be even splits and pacing. On my tempo, I was a lot faster than the suggested pace but it wasn’t as consistent as my tempos in the past. I blame part of this on a lot of treadmill training in the winter, where it’s easy to hit paces or run progressively faster. But taken outdoors, it’s only natural that the paces will vary. The key is hoping for not too much variance but 10 to upwards of 30 seconds is entirely common and ok, especially for longer distances.
The important thing gained from all of this is that I used to throw away the entire run if I had a slow mile. I’d either slow down to a much slower pace or cut the workout short. When this happened on the tempo this week, I stayed at the slower end of the pace for a while and was able to finish as fast as I had started. I’ll call that a win and a test in realism.
Monday: a VERY sore night run, 61 minutes.
Tuesday: 53 minutes with track workout: 8 x 400 with 1 minute rest in 1:35, 1:35, 1:36, 1:39, 1:40, 1:42, 1:39, 1:36. Like the example above, this workout inspired some of the insight. I was starting to get down on myself when I was getting slower but I stayed the course and finished a bit faster. This was my first 400 workout in years! It felt awkward and pretty horrible the entire time but it’s nice to incorporate some speedwork into this marathon cycle.
Thursday: 79 minutes steady with lower body strength training.
Friday: a 50 minute slog – the inspiration for the above picture.
Saturday: 81 minutes with 8 mile tempo at 7:46 average pace. The instructions were 8:20 or a little bit quicker. I put my Garmin on the mile splits only feature and went by feel. When the first mile was 7:36 and felt ok, I committed to the effort. I hit another 7:37 and was still feeling good but the next mile featured a hill. I then focused on effort and getting to the last two miles to take it back up a notch. The rest of the splits were 7:50, 7:45, 7:58, 7:58, 7:47, 7:37. It ended up being not only my longest tempo ever but also my fastest.
Sunday: 14 mile long run around 9:20 pace. Got caught in a downpour around mile 11 – hello spring! I didn’t feel too bad after yesterday’s tempo. Upper body strength training after the run.
Total: 7 hours, 34 minutes, approximately 48 miles.