I had to mix up my schedule this week, donning my headlamp to fit in my Monday and Tuesday runs after work. That just reinforced how much of a morning runner I’ve become! I am going to try to stick to mornings until it gets super cold. The cooler temps did make for perfect dog running weather, though; my canine friend is able to push it a little bit more when it’s cool, both on pace and distance.
After this week, it’s all downhill in terms of mileage. Woohoo – the taper is here!
Monday – 7 p.m. run, 5 miles at 9:30 pace. Over the last two miles, I did 6 repeats of 20 seconds at 95% effort, with a 10 second recovery.
Tuesday – 6:45 p.m. run, 7 miles at 9:28 pace.
Wednesday – Rest. I was glad for this, so I could re-set my schedule and get back to mornings!
Thursday – 8 miles at 9:54 pace, the first 3 with my dog and the last 3 with my buddy Em. It had rained overnight, so I was dodging wet leaves and I rolled my ankle on a walnut a couple miles in. I felt kinda tight during the run, so I did an hour of stretching and rolling with my Tiger Tail in the evening while watching my new guilty pleasure TV show, Nashville.
Friday – 4 miles at 9:45 pace
Saturday – My last long run before taper time! I road-tested my marathon outfit and nutrition plan on this 16 miler. (Although I may swap out my bottoms, based on race day temps.) I am getting a little sick of all of my routes, to be honest, but for simplicity’s sake, I ran from the local run shop. I met one friend who just started training for a January full for the first 8-ish, did a little on my own, then finished up with 6 miles with Em. And some delicious coffee! I had an overall 9:15 pace.
Sunday – Walking (my dog and the lawn mower) and some yoga.
Total – 40 miles