Peak week snuck right up on me! It simultaneously feels not that long ago, and very long ago, that I crossed the finish line in Sacramento at the California International Marathon. My first marathon. I had done it. Qualified for Boston. Get ready for the reflections and feels, guys!
Monday – warm up, 4 x 400, 2 x 800, 4 x 400, cool down; 2 mins rest between reps
Followed up by a circuit:
Front squat 3×5
Push jerk 3×5
SS3X: 8 deadlifts & 20 Russian twists with 10lb ball
SS3X: 20 rope ab pulls & 20 v ups with 10lb ball
I also went to active release therapy. I normally try to stretch it out to once every 4-6 weeks, but leading up to this race, I have been going a lot more. At least once a week. I feel a bit like a diva doing that, but I cannot express how much better I feel.
Tuesday was 8 miles easy.
Then, EMOM for 10 minutes (every minute on the minute).
Round 1: 10 burpees & 5 jump squats
Round 2: 10 wtd squats & 5 push ups
Round 3: 10 plyo lunges each leg & 5 OH tricep presses
Wednesday was a 10 mile tempo at 7:35 average. It felt so good to nail this workout! Last week I struggled and fought and was barely able to keep my pace. It felt like all of the progress I made since starting the thyroid medication was gone. So this week it was very satisfying to feel strong.
I did some very quick physical therapy exercises after the run and called it good. I didn’t have time for a full weight circuit, and sometimes you just have do what you can and be happy that you got anything done at all.
Thursday was my swim day. I kept it to 2500 meters instead of the normal 3000 because I had a 21 mile run the following day. I did 5 sets of 500 meters and switched it up with fins, sculling paddles and different types of strokes. I am finally able to do the backstroke without sinking and I love it now. Ha! Baby steps.
Friday was a 21 miler at 7:57 average. Because of the weather I did it on the treadmill. I don’t like doing my long runs on the treadmill because of the lack of hills and elements. However, risking slipping on the wet ground or getting sick from being soaked to the bone didn’t seem like smart options either. I talked it over with Kindal and we agreed that the hay is in the barn at this point. Meaning, it is more important to get the time on my feet in and not risk doing something stupid to “be tough.”
So I had Generation Ucan (Cocoa flavor is the only one I like), and a banana with peanut butter. The treadmills at my gym turn off after an hour, so I broke the run up into three 7 mile training chunks. I didn’t get off the treadmill or pause much between starting it over each 7 mile leg, but mentally it helped me break it down. After the first seven miles I had a Rip Van Wafels honey and oats, and after mile 14 I had a Huma Chia PLUS (make sure you get the PLUS for marathon training as they have electrolytes and caffeine). I just drank water for fluid. I don’t need to drink a sports drink AND take a gel, and I prefer the gels because they are easier to get down quickly and make sure you get all the nutrients. With sports drinks, you can spill a lot of the cup on race day and miss out on your fuel.
Saturday ended up being a beautiful morning for my 10 recovery miles. I can tell I have gotten in better shape as the recovery and easy miles get easier. My pace for this was 9:06 average and my heart rate was around 155. I usually have a bit of a higher heart rate the day after a long run.
56 total miles for the week. Next week I will decrease a bit, but not much. The following weeks will be a big cut back.
I love this mile-by-mile guide to The Boston Marathon and can’t stop going over and over it!