Cayenne’s Training Log 4.16.17

Marathon Training Week 15

A Chipotle burrito bowl is my go-to travel meal.

Monday: Run

8 miles (8:27)

I ran at an easy pace, although it was much slower than my usual easy run. This is how I know I should be nearing full taper time.

arms, abs

Tuesday: Speed-Yasso 800 Workout

1 mile warm up, 10 X 800 (3:01, 3:00, 3:01, 3:01, 3:00, 3:00, 3:00, 2:59, 2:59, 2:56), 1 mile cool down

The goal was 3 minutes per 800. I went conservatively to start and was a tad slow. They also felt more challenging at the beginning. After a while I wasn’t worried about crashing anymore and sped up on the last three. I felt better as they went and it confirmed my self assessment that I am stronger at endurance compared to speed. It was a bit windy on the back side of the track but the temps were good. I was happy with this workout.

p.m. additional very easy 5 miles

push ups, planks, legs

Wednesday: Run

9 miles (7:45)

push ups, planks

Thursday: Run

7 miles (7:43)

This run was mostly easy with some low 7 miles at the end.

light arms, abs

Friday: Off

This day off was much needed.

Saturday: Long Run

10 miles (7:42)

I went out with a plan of 10-12 as my final long run before the marathon. Since I felt fatigued, I capped it at 10. I really don’t think 2 miles would enhance my fitness at this point anyway. It is more important to be fully recovered for next week.

push ups, planks

Sunday: Run

3 miles (7:58)

I felt like a normal person on this day-only running 3 miles and being happy with it! It was nice.

Total miles: 49

This taper week went as planned.  I did my last big workout on Tuesday. From here on I will continue to taper until my marathon next Sunday. I have had some ups and downs in this training cycle but overall I have been consistent and run the most miles of my life. I have faith that it will pay off and I will hope for nice weather on race day!

I am a dedicated runner and classical musician. I am currently chasing a sub-3 hour marathon (3:04 PR) and a sub-19 5k (19:02! PR). I often feel like the underdog going up against "serious" runners-I took up running after college, I do not have a typical "runner's body type", and I am mostly self-coached. I travel a lot to perform with different orchestras and run when I can, where I can. I love to (over) eat and that is my number one motivation for running! Follow me as I chase my goals!

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