Holy moly, the marathon isn’t very far away all of a sudden! That snuck up suddenly, considering I’ve been training for it the past 5 months. I’m also surprised that I hit 70 miles this week considering I took the first three days easy recovering from last week’s half marathon.
Monday: 6 easy with Mr. Chicory, 51 minutes. Declared I hated running and never wanted to do it again at mile 4. By mile 6 I was thinking about doing 8 … Ah, running. I love you … and sometimes I hate you. Stopped at 6 though because I had 8 scheduled for the next morning.
Tuesday: 8 easy, 69 minutes. Sports massage after work and felt way closer to normal after that.
Wednesday: 8 easy, again, 66 minutes. Recovery in action! Same average heart rate Tuesday and Wednesday but 20 seconds faster per mile the second day. I taught Pilates that night.
Thursday: Took the day off work, slept for 9 hours and ran at 10 a.m. The life! I ran a newly opened park section that was beautiful. “Moderate” run, 12.5 miles total — 2 miles easy then 8 miles around 7 minute pace, then strides and cool down, 89 minutes. Taught Pilates Strength that evening.
Friday: 3 with friend and her baby in the jog stroller then 3.5 solo, 54 minutes.
Saturday: This run started off a hot mess. Mr. Chicory delayed the start by 20 minutes, then wanted to stretch 1.5 miles in, and told me I was running too slowly. I remember why we don’t usually run together! We went different ways, including me looping back to the gym to trade my safety gear for sunglasses. Then I jogged to my friend’s house and met her plus the jog stroller (and the baby) at about 8.5 miles and ran 4.5 with them. By the time I dropped them back at home, it was starting to get hot. Sunny and 70 — not the worst, but not mid-October morning weather! I knew I hadn’t had enough water so I headed to another water fountain, did a loop around the reservoir then headed back. I ran into Hubs with 1.5 to go but we were going opposite directions and I was in a glycogen depletion fog and wasn’t changing my direction.
This is the first time I’ve done a fasted 22 miler, although I’ve done a few fasted 20s this season. So this time I took a Hammer Gel before I started, plus two Endurolytes. I took 2 more Endurolytes at 10k, and probably should’ve carried some for later. I did take a gel with me in case I did need it.
Side bar: Good article on glycogen depletion long runs, written by a nutritionist and Trials qualifier who also trains with the same coach I do (who is the person assigning me these depletion runs!).
Sunday: Slept in, easy 7 miles, 59 minutes. Actually a lot better than I would’ve guessed.
Totals: 70 miles run, 2 Pilates classes taught.