Oh my goodnesss – one 20 miler left before the taper! Where has the time gone?! I keep wanting to sign up for more races, but I am trying to take it one step at a time. Get to the start line healthy is the first priority.
Monday was Labor Day, so I had the luxury of sleeping until I work up naturally – which is usually between 6-6:30. I went to the gloriously empty track for my speed work. 1 mile warm up @ 8:31, 4 X 800 – 3:01/2:59/2:59/2:58 – 1 mile cool down @ 8:30 – 6 miles total @ 7:45 average. I had a Gu Stroopwafel before the run. John & I went to the gym later in the afternoon. I lifted arms, shoulders & core.
Tuesday was 3 recovery miles @ 9:22 average & chest/shoulders/core. I did this workout fasted since I wasn’t hungry when I woke up.
I also got a very short spin on my bike in around my neighborhood between meetings and conference calls. I don’t plan on doing a ton of cycling while I am finishing out this training cycle. Honestly, I am afraid of doing something stupid – like twisting an ankle getting on/off the bike.
Wednesday – 10 miles tempo @ 7:20 average & legs. Woke up hungry, so I had a Gu Stroopwafel before the workout. Plus, the run takes around an hour, then I physical therapy work and then lift. So the time spent at the gym is a couple hours, and I knew I’d need the fuel. The run felt good physically, but was challenging mentally. I kept having those thoughts of, “I want to stop” – which is very rare for me. Knowing I pushed through those workouts will be something I use on race day.
Thursday – 6 miles EZ @ 9:10 average & life back/core. The miles on the trails were exactly what I needed after the mental burn out and treadmill the day before.
I had this amazing yellow curry tofu from The Plant Cafe Organic for lunch.
Friday – swim 3000 meters. This was one of the slowest swims I’ve done since I started swimming back in March of this year. 1 hour and 10 minutes for 3000 meters. I just felt tired and sluggish. Water kept getting in my ears and my goggles kept filling up. Just one of those days, you know?
I picked up my bib for the Giants Half marathon tomorrow. They have you come into the stadium for bib pick up, which is fun.
I do think it is a sick joke you have to walk up these stairs to get the bib though. Don’t you know we are runners? Our legs are tired. All of the time.
Luckily – the view from the top didn’t suck.
And they had an awesome photo booth for pictures with your bib. They had the Nut Butter Filled Clif Bar samples at the expo – oh my goodness, so tasty!
Bennie The Dog and I had a wild Friday night with my all time favorite salad.
And berries from my strawberry plant for dessert.
I’ve run 464 miles in these shoes since the beginning of marathon training. They say “Run Easy” on the inside. Except one of the R letters rubbed off, and now it says “UnEasy”!! Haha. I had a coupon, so I bought a new pair – call me superstitious. Plus, they say you should get new shoes every 500 miles anyway!
I am excited for the race! I plan to run it at my BHAG goal marathon pace to see where I’m at. It will be nice to have a flat course and some race day energy to run with. Marathon training long runs can be a bit lonely sometimes, so this will be an excellent way to break it up and get through the final weeks.