Four weeks to go until Chicago! I am *still* in the phase of training where my legs feel like cement, there aren’t enough carbs in the house, and I’ve started craving gummy bears and orange juice at the end of my runs. Okay, admittedly, I am usually craving gummy bears and orange juice at the end of every run, but more intensely these last couple weeks. My week was bookended by two long runs; a 20 miler and a 22 miler. Coach prefaced this week with, “I’m not gonna lie, you are in the middle of a bitch-of-a 3 week stretch.” I appreciated his brutal honesty, and I remind myself on an almost daily basis, “I’m not supposed to feel good just yet”, as I haven’t backed off the mileage and won’t until two weeks out. This week was my biggest week I’ve ever done, and I knew maintenance, nutrition, and sleep would be my biggest priorities (behind the actual running of course.)
In terms of maintenance, I’ve been ensuring I’m doing all my hip and hamstring rehab exercises, and staying diligent with Barley’s 10 minutes to better recovery. Seriously, telling myself “just stretch for 10 minutes” has improved my flexibility, and leaves me feeling better than I have post run in a long time.
As for nutrition; well, I adhere by a few nutrition rules:
- Eat real food
- Eat whatever anyone cooks for you
But to be more specific, I’ve been making a lot of fish tacos, pizza, eating a lot of peanut butter, bread, yogurt, butter, eggs, dark chocolate, tortilla chips… Okay I’ve been eating a lot, I think you get the picture.
Working on getting better quality sleep is one of the easiest things you can do to boost recovery, and I take it very seriously. I aim to get 8-10 hours per night, and try to get in a nap a couple times a week. Without further ado, below is my training log for this past week.
Sunday 9/4 – 20 miles in 2:17:54 with a cutdown at the end.
Monday 9/5 – Easy 10 with my girlfriends Sarrah and Susie. We ended our run at Portage Bay Cafe for brunch and plenty of coffee. I am now salivating thinking about the buckwheat pancakes I ate.
Tuesday 9/6 – AM 10 miles, drills, 35 minutes of core and rehab exercises
PM 5 miles with 20 second pick ups on 40 seconds recovery at the end
Wednesday 9/7 – 2.5 mile warm up with drills and strides
10 x 800 @ 5:40/mile pace with 400 jog in between. Somehow convinced my husband to help me pace these, and we only disagreed about what pace we were running *once*!
1 – 2:50, 1:57 400 (recovery)
2 – 2:48, 2:06 400
3 – 2:48, 1:58 400
4 – 2:51, 1:56 400
5 – 2:49, 2:00 400
6 – 2:56, 1:51 400
7 – 2:49, 1:57 400
8 – 2:49, 1:56 400
9 – 2:51, 1:58 400
10 – 2:49, 2:00 400
3 mile cool down. This was incredibly tough, as my legs felt heavy and achy. Speed workouts during marathon training look easier on paper than they actually feel. I was thankful Drew was able to pull me along for the last 3, as I felt like I had been punched in the face and legs right around the middle of the 7th 800.
9/8 – AM 10 miles, 40 minutes of core/extra stretching
PM 5 miles, extra foam rolling and rolling my feet on a lacrosse ball (old plantar fasciitis maintenance habits)
9/9 – AM 8, drills, 30 minutes of rehab and core exercises
PM 4.5, and 1.5 miles of strides
*Right around this time last week I started taking an extra half dose of liquid iron so I can keep my iron stores topped off during these heavy weeks of training
9/10 – 22 mile long run with 2×2 miles for miles 5-6, and 16-17
Oh man, this one was tough. I used the first 4 miles as a warm up, did my first 2 mile segment (6:03, 6:03), 10 miles at normal long run pace, then my second 2 mile segment (5:54, 5:49), then the remaining 4 miles as a cool down. I didn’t move from the couch for 2 hours after this.
110 total miles
1 pair of my favorite socks destroyed
1 box of Cheerios depleted
5 episodes of Broad City watched
3 times I’ve walked up the hill to our house instead of running up it
Thank you for reading, and if you’re training is tough, keep on pushing through. It’ll feel good when it’s supposed to feel good: right before race day.