Wow – just over a month until the big 26.2 mile party! This will be my highest week of mileage for this training cycle. In the future, I want to get my mileage up higher. That said, for this training cycle – it would not have been smart to push the mileage any more in terms of injury prevention.
Monday I had speed work planned. I was feeling really achy and tired. As much as I wanted to do the speed work, it didn’t feel like the right choice. My feet hurt and hips felt weak. I opted instead for the same mileage I would have run for speed work, but instead ran slow and easy on some dirt trails. – 7 EZ @ 8:52 average. I also lifted chest/tris/bis/core.
That afternoon, I rode my bike around my neighborhood for about 3.5 miles. Not sure if that counts as “training” – but I’m adding it in here.
Tuesday I was still feeling ouchy on the bottom of my feet, so I did a 3000 meter swim (1:04:06).
By lunchtime, I was feeling good and had an unexpected break in meetings. So, I zipped out for 3 miles of fartleks @ 7:56 average to get in some of that speed work that I opted out of on Monday.
Wednesday I was back to feeling good. I had a tempo on the treadmill that I did in a progression style work out – 7:55/7:19/7:17/7:15/7:12/7:06/6:55/6:33 – 8 miles total @ 7:12 average. I finished off by lifted lower body.
Wednesday night I did my 15 mile bike @ 9.8MPH & 1450 elevation gain. WHOO. What an evening lol. Definitely counts as exercise and you can read the whole story here.
Thursday I was very pleasantly surprised and the lack of crippling soreness. It was perfect to go run 5 recovery miles @ 9:10 average. I lifted back & shoulders. I did some core too, although I will be honest that I didn’t try super hard because my core was actually pretty sore from the whole bike business of the evening before.
Friday I did my usual swim. I have been LOVING doing a swim prior to my long run this training cycle.
Saturday I did 22 miles easy at 9:01 average. I struggle mentally with running below my goal marathon pace, or even below Boston Qualifying pace. I started to feel really stressed out about how slow I was running, and how long it was going to take. I forced myself to stay calm and just put one foot in front of the other. I think that was great mental training for race day. The elevation gain was about 1,045 throughout the run.
I called my buddy for the last four miles and we chatted. It was a great test of “conversational easy effort.” I was happy with how easily I could carry on a conversation while running. I’m really surprised at how much less sore and tired I am after a 22 mile easy run than a 20 mile run at a faster pace.
45 miles clocked.
It was a very happy week.
This will be my highest week of mileage for the training cycle, so I guess it is peak week. Last training cycle, there was a lot of crying (emotions running high) and falling asleep during peak week. I know it my heart of hearts the biggest difference has been how much I am eating. Keep fighting the good fight people!
With love & carbs,