Yay! I survived another week of marathon training! I’m trying to walk that fine line between doing too much (over training) and doing too little (under preparing). If anything, the Hanson’s plan might be pushing me a bit too far, but only because I’m still building fitness back up after surgery. The left hip is also a factor as I try to manage the pain and get through a marathon cycle before opting for surgery on that side. I’m very thankful to have another week of training in the books without any setbacks.
Monday – 7 miles, track day. 2 mile warm up with drills, 4x1200m @5:20 target, 400m recovery, 1.25 mile cool down. It was a little hot by Alaska standards (70s & sunny haha!), but otherwise felt good. Left hip felt okay throughout, which was a relief. Went out a little fast for the first 1200m at 5:06, then 5:17, 5:24, 5:24. I thought I was on pace for those last two as my watch showed a 6:40-6:50 pace every time I checked, but ended up 4 seconds slower than target. Oh well! It was a good hard workout and will help me get stronger. It also taught me not to rely on the pace from my Garmin, at least not on the track.
Tuesday – 6 miles easy.
Wednesday – Off. Short hike with the munchkins first thing in the a.m.
Thursday -10 miles total, Tempo. 1.5 mile warmup, then 7 miles at GMP (8:00), then 1.5 mile cool down. This was my strongest tempo run since starting training. I took a break of about 30 seconds to retie shoes (they were new). Other than that, no stopping and I felt pretty strong. Avg cadence 179, average pace 7:57, average HR 162.
Friday – 6 miles easy. Ran with a friend in the rain and it flew by!
Saturday – 10 miles easy. Except again, NOT easy. Was pretty tired for this easy run. Noticed my HR was high in spots when I didn’t feel like I was working that hard. Average cadence 175, elevation gain 275 ft. Hip was a little sore, but terrible. Kept my effort low throughout the run to ensure it was truly “easy”, especially since I was so tired going into it.
Sunday – 8 miles easy. Took this very slow (9:36 avg). I don’t usually run in the afternoon, so this was tough for me. I really just wanted to take a nap. And I was worried that I wasn’t recovered enough to do even some easy miles. Thankfully once I got out there, I felt fine. Hip hurt, and legs didn’t feel awesome, but taking it slow helped. Average heart rate was a respectable 142, cadence 172. As always, so glad when I complete the run, especially when mentally I just wasn’t feeling it.
Total – 47 miles (another post-surgery weekly mileage high!)