This past week puts me at one month out from the Cleveland Marathon! Most of the tough work is now done, save for a few more tempo/long run combos. It’s all about holding onto the fitness that I have and sharpening it as needed. This was another heavy week but I am starting to get used to the fatigue. At least one day a week my recovery run is entirely by feel and pretty darn slow. The off day helps, too. This will be the first marathon training cycle that I’ve held 6 days a week instead of 5 and I have found it to be very helpful for keeping a rhythm going.
Monday: 61 minutes progression style (7 miles total). Last mile was an 8:02, inspired by the Boston Marathon.
Tuesday: 75 minutes with 3 mile tempo at 7:20 pace and 8 x 35 second hill repeats. I was a bit nervous for this one as most of my tempos this cycle have been longer and about 20-25 seconds per mile slower. But, I could be anxious and still do it. It went very well! My splits were 7:21, 7:18, and 7:18. Looking back at my Athlinks profile, this is roughly the average pace of most of my 5ks. It was very encouraging to run the pace solo in a workout and it feel controlled.
Wednesday: 60 minutes, half on the treadmill, half outdoors. It was the weekly slog fest. Lower body strength training after the run.
Friday: 76 minutes (8 miles total) after work and an early rise. It took a while to warm up but was starting to feel really good around mile 5.
Saturday: 1 hour 43 minutes (12 miles total) with 4 x 2 mile reps (2 minutes rest in between). The weather was a lot cooler this weekend than last and at times the wind sucked more than any heat! This ended up being my best workout of the training cycle but not because I hit my suggested paces (7:55-7:45). It rocked because I felt like shit and still got it done. I know that in the past, I would’ve bagged it. Sure, the third rep was a bit tough into the wind but I was able to rebound for the fastest rep on the last one: (7:51, 7:45), (7:48, 7:44), (8:04, 7:52), (7:45, 7:41).
Sunday: 2 hours, 23 minutes (16 miles – 8:57 pace) long run. This was a little faster than last week and thankfully a little cooler. But boy are my legs shot for the week! 2 more weeks til taper sounds good!
Total: 8 hours, 38 minutes (approximately 57 miles – Oh wow, I think that’s a mileage PR!)