Catnip’s training log – week ending 9/21/2014

With just four weeks to go until the Columbus Marathon, I had planned to keep my mileage around 70 again this week, but I started to get a tickle in my throat Wednesday and then struggled with motivation Thursday. I don’t plan days off in my calendar, but just take them as needed (considering a post on that if anyone is interested…) and those seemed like soft signs that I was due to give myself a break — resulting in strong weekend runs! Yay!

Monday: 7.5 miles/55:00. Ran 10 minutes warmup, then 35 minutes alternating marathon pace/tempo pace (8.9 mph/9.6 mph) every 5 minutes. Averaged 6:31 pace for those 35 minutes. Tiring workout!

Tuesday: 4 miles/35:00, and 8.1 miles/1:09:53. Just putting miles in the bank.

Wednesday: 3.3 miles/30:38. Skipped the evening run with the double whammy of a scratchy throat and Jaby going to bed later than usual.

Thursday: Felt oddly unmotivated. Got in bed early and read a book instead.

Friday: 3.5 miles/30 minutes and 6.2 miles/46:50. Holy speed for an easy day! My parents visited so we took a drive down to OSU campus where they took Jaby for a walk while I previewed the campus portion of the marathon course. Caught myself running low 7-minute pace a few times which is really out of the ordinary for me!

Saturday: 20 miles/2:50. Met up with a couple moms for a middle of the night early morning trot in a different part of town. This was one of those runs where I was glad I wore Garmin to prove to myself I ran 20 miles because the hours flew by! I did manage to think I lost my keys without actually losing them (did you follow that sentence?) which we decided is dumber than truly losing the darn keys. Also confused Garmin average pace with time of day resulting in an unnecessary hustle over the last few miles.

Sunday: 8.1 miles/57:18. Ran 7 miles progressing from 6:49 pace to average 6:40 overall. However, had 3 restroom breaks and felt terrible afterward. I took my temperature — 99.7 — and hoped that the slight elevation was due to the hard workout, but later in the evening I was up to 100.2 with aches, head pressure, and a runny nose. Spoiler alert: next week’s log is going to be ugly.

Total: 60.8 miles

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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