Its getting closer to marathon day! Sorry I keep saying it so much but since its my first I really just cant help it. Traveling again this week and the treadmill and I formed a relationship that I cant wait to break up with.
Tuesday: 4.7 miles with 6x20second pick ups thrown in for good measure. Finished with an average pace of 11:03 and all hot and sweaty. Ugh hot fitness centers are the worst. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night and 2 blogilaties videos for lower abs and glutes. Also not a bad view from my hotel room am I right?!
Wednesday: 5 miles with an average pace of 10. Today’s run was more fun that I expected it to be with 6x 5 min repeats at 8:57 pace 2 minute rest intervals (1min walking 1 min recovery pace). I say more fun because usually these long repeats kick my butt. My legs must be getting stronger because these were still challenging but I didn’t want to die after the first set. Yay for small victories. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night and 2 blogilaties videos for abs. Workin’ that core!
Thursday: Recovery run with 5 miles at 11:36 average pace. My hips were a little sore from the videos I’ve been doing but the legs were going strong. Today I did 10min run 1 min walk instead of the 1:30 walk. I don’t know if I like it but I’m going to try it this weekend for the long run. My coach has been saying to do a 1 min walk interval but I’ve been doing 1:30 which sometimes feels too long but when the miles start adding up seems too short lol. I only have a few more weeks to experiment so now is the time. No videos today I’m wore out! 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night. Sometimes I sneak a picture from the window of the plane. The clouds were so pretty!
Friday: Rest day! My body is so tired today so I enjoyed my rest day with some popcorn and Christmas movies. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Saturday: Hello long run, we meet again! Except this time things did not go as planned. With the temps being 80 degrees and my legs feeling like lead at mile 4 I only got in 14 miles instead of the 18 planned. I was only 30 minutes shy of the time goal though so there was no way I was going to hit the 18 anyway. My pace was 12:47…yeah that’s right, 12:47. I haven’t seen a pace like that in a long time. That right there told me I made the right decision. Covered in sweat and my whole body aching I came home and took a epson salt bath then rested these old bones. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night plus baking about 10 dozen cookies, because hey they wont bake themselves!
Sunday: Recovery run and its 50 degrees cooler outside. You think Im exaggerating…it was 80 yesterday and it was 30 when I woke up this morning. Let me just demonstrate how much of a difference cooler weather makes on my running. Finished 4.5 miles with an average pace of 10:47. So yeah that’s 2 minutes per mile faster then yesterday. I should also point out that this pace in no way felt difficult or my legs were like lead, none of that. My legs felt good and the pace felt perfect. Everyone cross your fingers and toes that I get cool weather for the marathon!!! No stretching or foam rolling tonight we had a double date and when I got home I just wanted to go to sleep.
Monday: Rest day huzzah! I love rest days. Ok well actually today wasn’t a scheduled rest day but I didn’t check my training log last night so I didn’t see that there was a workout today. Whoops. Unfortunately I don’t have time today to get a run in anymore so today is now a rest day. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
CHIME IN!!! Do you have crazy weather like I did where you are? Do you run better in the heat or the cold? What was your longest run this week?