This was another pretty big week! Now the big dance is less than 16 days away, it is time to let the hard work sink in.
Monday was a Yasso 800 test. For those just following along – Yasso 800s are 800 meters done 5-10 times, and the minute and second pace of those 800s should correspond to your marathon fitness. The last time I did these, the average was around 3:16. So I was very please with this round of times: 3:07/3:11/3:08/3:06/3:08/3:10/3:11 – with 400 easy in between. Including warm up and cool down a total of 7 miles at 7:40 average. I got kicked off the track before I was done which was so frustrating, but I finished the last one & cool down on the road. I also want to say that I’m not gunning for a 3:10 marathon in Boston!
Followed by a pyramid workout:
1 – burpee
2 – squat jumps
3 – DB thrusters
4 – push up
5 – plyo lunges
6 – squat press
7 – toe touches
8 – DB deadlifts
9 – walking lunges
10 – mountain climbers
11 – Romanian split squat
12 – crunches on Bosu
EX: 1 burpee
2 squat jumps, 1 burpee
3 DB thrusters, 2 squat jumps, 1 burpee
Wednesday was the final 10 mile tempo of this training cycle. I started off and knew my body wasn’t recovered enough for it right away. I was very sore from the pyramid workout the day before, and my heart rate was through the roof. I immediately checked my ego at the door and changed it to 10 miles of fartlek and ended up with an 8:25 average. There’s just no point in beating your body up for something it is screaming at you that it is not ready for.
Finished off with 3 rounds of : 25 air squats, 10 burpees, 20 push ups (full disclosure – I can’t do 20 strict push ups in a row. I usually drop to knees halfway through because I won’t sacrifice good form.)
Thursday was 9 easy miles. I did a loop instead of my usual out and back because I was just feeling fried – mentally and physically. Although I was tempted to try to “make up” my 10 mile tempo from the day before, but I knew I needed true easy day. Average pace was 9:12.
It definitely helped that it was a beautiful morning and it felt like San Francisco was showing off for me.
Friday was 3000 meters in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Not my fastest, not my slowest. Swimming has become very therapeutic for me in a lot of ways. I still struggle to get in the cold water every time though! And when I say cold – I am swimming in a heated pool of about 76 degrees lol!!
Saturday was the final long run before Boston. I rushed getting ready and getting out of the house. About 3 miles in I was sweating from stomach cramps. I decided to turn around and start running back towards my car and a grocery store where I could use the restroom. It was about a mile from where I was and that was ROUGH. But once I got there and used the facilities, I felt MUCH better. Don’t worry – I have $pent many a grocery shopping trip there! Anyway, the rest of the run was great. I kept it easy for the first 7.5 miles, then dropped in to 7:45s, then cooled down for the last two miles. Overall, very successful with about 600 feet of elevation gain.
My legs feel fried so I’m ready for the taper and even more ready to get to Bean Town! I keep thinking about packing and realizing it’s too early haha!