After two weeks of sickness, travel, and a planned cut-back week I ran one last time in Columbus with Salty and headed home to jump right back into big training. Although I knew I hadn’t lost any physical fitness, I’ve been so mentally distracted that I felt a bit apprehensive that I’d lost my mental edge. While I ran on the muggy streets in Ohio on Sunday, my training partners were running the Eugene Marathon back home. My phone alerted me of their progress, and my coach sent pictures of them along the way too. I wished I was there to run portions with them, and to hug them both as Sam finished his first full marathon, Ryan led the 3:15 pace group, and Kate hit her goal and nabbed a BQ and a NYC qualifer as well.
My marathon is June 4, one month away. I have several weeks of tough training ahead of me, but without any of my friends going for the same race it will be done mostly solo. This week was a big test including a 20-miler with 15 done at marathon goal pace… alone. How did I do??
Sunday: 10.29 miles, recovery pace. Last run in Ohio with Salty, bemoaning the sad fact that we live 2000 miles apart and can’t meet up for runs at random times while our same-aged daughters play. Sigh.
Monday: 5 miles with 1 @7:13 on the treadmill. Included the MGP mile to remind my legs they can go faster than I’ve been running and to prep my brain for tomorrow. Core/upper body in the evening.
Tuesday: 11 miles, treadmill workout. Warm up- 3 miles, 2 miles @6:50, 1 mile @6:30, 800 @6:20 (with 1/4 mile jog in between each set) and then back up the ladder, cool down to 11 miles. Nailed a tough workout. Mental edge is still present. Core/upper body in the evening.
Wednesday: 11 miles, double day (am- 6 miles, pm- 5 miles). My go-to sole-mate shoes, the Brooks Pure line, have recently gone through their fifth rendition, eliminating the Connect completely, and I’ve been buying last year’s models for cheap online. I know the end is approaching for that availability and I’ve seen that the new models look very different from any of the previous ones, but I’ve put off actually giving them a test. Today, however, I had the time and needed new shoes so I went into my local running store to try on the Brooks Pure Flow 5s. SADNESS. They feel like a 100% different shoe. The salesgirl, seeing my despondency offered up a pair of Saucony Kinvaras, the same 4 mm drop, lightweight, and on sale big time. I knew Barley wears these, and so… I went for it. Ran in them for my second run in the evening and am cautiously hopeful they can replace my Pures.
Thursday: 20 miles with 15 @7:08 pace (MGP). I am still coughing, joy of joys, and I knew my solo long-run/workout was going to be tough. I warmed up 5 miles, then hit my goal pace. The weather was overcast and cool, right at 50 degrees. Perfect. Not one mile felt easy, I had to keep myself engaged and talk myself through each damn mile. Repeating to myself that I know I can run this pace, it just feels hard today but that I need to maintain the current effort. As I came into the last half-mile to the parking lot, a walker with her dog stopped to let me pass. “Wow- great pace!” she called. I pumped my fist and yelled back, “Twentieth mile!!” “Twentieth?!? WOW!!!!” she hollered back. That gave me just the little extrinsic boost I needed. Boom. Did it. Followed by an epic coughing fit.
Friday: 3 miles, recovery pace. Felt a bit thick and stiff the first mile, but loosened up and felt better at the end. Upper body/core in the evening.
Saturday: 17 miles, 8:00-pace. Met up with Kate, Sam, and Ryan for the first eight miles to hear their marathon stories before parting ways and finishing the last nine by myself. Happy for some partial company and beautiful weather this morning. SUCCESS! Big miles and workouts nailed AND my new shoes rock– WOOO!!!!
Weekly total: 77.43 miles with three core workouts