This felt like a great week of training, which was really exciting. I’m hoping my body can hold it together – feet, knees, hips, ya know.
I’ve had a couple people say that they are surprised I’ve already started my training cycle for an October 9th marathon. Here’s why:
- I am going to be in Peru for about two weeks in July. I don’t plan on running at all during that time. We will probably walk a lot, eat a lot and do a lot – I want the full experience and I don’t want to think about anything but all the adventures, training included. Plus – giving my body 14 days off will do me so much good. It really isn’t enough time to lose fitness, and it is a good break – mentally and physically. Hence, I wanted to build in some extra time for that.
- I am coming off a stress fracture – slow and steady build up is the key here. I really really really don’t want another injury. My tendons and fascia had 8-9 weeks off running, so even if I don’t re-injure my foot, I don’t want to injure something else by increasing mileage too quickly. Increasing mileage too quickly is the number one way runners (new or otherwise) get injuries.
So – with that, here is what my training looked like this week:
Monday – 7 miles @ 7:33 average. I had speed work planned. However, I spent all of Saturday sick and couldn’t keep any food down. Sunday I was able to eat ok, but I was exhausted. So I decided to do a progression run instead of speed work. I also had an ART session for my knees in the late afternoon.
Tuesday – 2 recovery miles @ 9:05 average & BBG full body. I was nervous for the recovery miles, because I normally take Tuesday as a cross training day. I would really like to be able to run 5 days a week instead of 4, so I’m testing the waters a bit. I think the key will to really run my easy days super easy.
Wednesday – tempo/progression run: warm up @ 8:21/7:18/7:12/7:09/7:03/6:58/ 6:42 – 7 miles @ 7:16 average. Followed up by physical therapy exercises, BBG legs, squats & deadlifts. I am lifting legs after my hard run on these days. The idea being in those last miles of the marathon, I will be strong enough to hold my form, since my legs are used to doing heavy strength training on fatigued muscles. I am STARVING on Wednesdays. I added in an extra 50g of carbs on Wednesday this week because the #RUNGER was real.
Thursday – BBG arms & abs, 5 miles EZ @ 8:58 avg. Oh my gosh I was ready for an easy run day! My legs were pretty achy and fatigued from Wednesday and the easy runs can really flush that out. I listened to podcasts and had a gorgeous run. 5 miles is one of my favorite distances. It doesn’t take very long, but it is long enough to get my runner’s high and get in the groove.
The BBG circuit for arms and abs is so hard, but I really like the ab exercises. I find working my core super tedious and boring, so this is a good way to switch it up.
My new watch tells you when you hit a new VO2 Max as well! I really like that. Also, for the people dying of heat exhaustion and humidity – I’m sorry for the long sleeves and pants haha! You can come visit me any time!
Friday – swim 3000 meters in 1:02:03 – a new fastest time! This picture was the result of a dropped GoPro. But I thought it was kind of cool lol.
Saturday morning I was at John’s house in San Francisco. Aka – HILLS on my long run. I started off with a warm up mile, then 7 miles at GMP (goal marathon pace), then 3 cool down miles.
Here are what my splits looked like:
It was a beautiful morning with no fog!!
Followed by coffee and snuggles with Bennie!
Tomorrow will be a rest day and I can’t wait!