Nothing glamorous here this week. I didn’t even feel like taking a picture. I’m actually feeling quite tired and cranky, which is to be expected after another week of 50+ miles and workouts. This is the reality of marathon training. In a way, I like the grinding away at the pavement, the soreness of hard work, but after a while it does get a little old and longing for the taper sets in. I guess that means I’m doing it right. Luckily, this coming week is a bit of a downer and I’ll be running a half marathon on Sunday for more practice. All in all, I’m just trying to embrace the many different emotions that come with the territory.
Monday: 6 miles on the treadmill.
Tuesday: 7 miles with 5 x 1 mile repeats (90 seconds rest) and lower body strength training. I did this on the roads and bike path and felt really good. 7:22, 7:22, 7:20 (with a hill), 7:18, 7:19. This sure was a confidence booster but later in the week that confidence would be de-boosted a little bit.
Wednesday: 6 miles on the trails with Salty! It had been too long since our last run together. We enjoyed some Mediterranean food afterward as well. Yum.
Thursday: 9 miles steady and core work. I felt good on this one even in the hot sun.
Friday: 3 miles easy late at night. The plan was to get up the next morning and do my long run workout on tired legs but James and I accidentally slept in. Whoops. I’m sure my body just needed some rest.
Saturday: 16 miles with 15 @ 8:38 pace and core work. We finished around 1am. It was good practice in adapting to non-ideal conditions, that’s for sure. My plan called for 15 @ 8:10s down to 7:50s. I hit those paces for the first six miles but was just not feeling focused enough to do it for the entire run. I ended up slowing down to sub-9s and a few over 9 minute pace and just tried to focus on getting the run done in the dark, on tired (very tired) legs, with low motivation. I am grateful for this run as it gave me a sense of reality when it comes to marathons. There’s no need to freak out though. It is what it is and it was still a solid long run.
Sunday: 6 easy miles with James and upper body work. I was surprised that this run did not hurt or feel too sluggish. It was exactly what I needed to get some positive pep back in my step.
Total: 53 miles