I’m a little late with this one, but better late than never I suppose. Last week was the third week of the marathon specific phase of my training for the First Light Marathon. I am also pacing a marathon in less than 2 weeks!
Here is what my training looked like the week of 11.20.17 – 11.26.17:
Monday – Easy: 7 miles (8:28 pace)
I ran on the treadmill Monday mid-afternoon. I listened to an episode of the Man Bun Run podcast and had an enjoyable run.
Tuesday AM – Easy: 7 miles (8:41 pace) + PM – Easy: 5 miles (8:26 pace)
Tuesday morning I did 6 miles outside by myself, which is fairly rare. I came back, grabbed Brooks and we ran one mile together. Daniel and I did an easy loop after work on Tuesday.
Wednesday AM – Easy: 9 miles (8:22 pace) + PM – Easy: 5 miles (9:07 pace)
I got to run with Rebecca Wednesday morning! Woo! Her schedule has been crazy lately and we haven’t gotten to run in the mornings very much. Thank goodness for Thanksgiving break.
I got to run with Jessica Wednesday evening! Woo (again)! I love running friends and running with friends.
Thursday – Race: Turkey Trot
Race recap is here!
Friday – Easy: 8 miles (8:19 pace)
I ran with Rebecca again Friday morning. We both had long weekend runs planned and so we tried to take it easy on Friday.
Saturday – Long Run: 22 miles (8:16 pace)
This was my longest run so far and was supposed to be done a little quicker and actually was supposed to be done on Sunday, which would’ve given me another day to recover from trotting with turkeys. Several of us are training for First Light and we are planning to do a few of our key long runs on the marathon course. Saturday worked best for the majority and so that’s what we went with.
I’ve run this marathon two times before and so, I kind of know what to expect from the course. However, this run was definitely eye-opening. The middle section of this race is tough!
I drank my UCAN and did my typical pre-race routine for this run to try to simulate race day conditions. My stomach felt off for the majority of the run and I was never able to get into a good grove. Honestly, I had lots of doubts in my head as to why I am running this race and whether or not I will be able to run as fast as I hope to. Basically I finished the run questioning whether or not I even want to run the marathon. I guess we’ll just chalk it up to an off day and keep on keeping on at this point.
Sunday – Easy: 10 miles (8:56 pace)
My legs weren’t sore Sunday, which I guess is a good sign. We still took it easy, but I was happy to get a decent run in. The run was good and the company always makes it even better!
Total – 82.3 miles