Total Miles: 50
I’m so happy with how this week went. I’ve been training for this race almost non-stop for a year and a half, first to qualify for it and then to run it. At the beginning of the week I was feeling so tired. I was fantasizing about the things I’ll get to add back into my life when it’s over in 5 weeks. Now that the week’s over I’m feeling really grateful for all the fun things I have in my life right now including running.
Monday: Rest Day
I got myself to a yoga class finally!
The past several weeks have thrown me off my yoga game because of getting sick and the unexpected trip to Utah, but this week I was able to start off right with yoga.
The theme of the class was identifying what yoga is for you right now. The reason for yoga changes over time…sometimes for flexibility, or for escape, or for strength. For me right now yoga is partly for injury prevention, but I realized during class today that it’s also just for me to be doing something that isn’t running.
Tuesday: VO2 Max 9 miles with 5x1000m @5k pace, jog 50% recovery in between
I don’t mind interval workouts on the treadmill because it’s so easy to keep the pace even. I did .65 miles at a 7:09 pace and then followed it up with .35 jogging before the next interval.
Tuesday night my band had our first Seattle show ever. I was in a state of high anxiety literally from before I woke up at 5am. I woke up in the middle of a nightmare about the performance. I was nervous all day long. We played from 8-9:30 and I finally got to bed around midnight where I was too wired to sleep until 1am.
The show went pretty well. We have some things to work on for sure and it took me a good 20 minutes on stage before I stopped shaking. The best part was how many of my friends and coworkers showed up! I felt so loved and so grateful.
One of the people who came was my best running friend who I haven’t seen in years. We used to work together and would run during our lunch breaks and talk about our lives. We lost touch when I got a new job and our lives just got really busy. It was amazing to see her again and I’m determined to reach out to her again for happy hour soon.
Wednesday: 3 miles recovery
Being freaked out for a full day on Tuesday took it’s toll. I was wrecked on Wednesday. I had 5 miles scheduled. It took all my willpower to get 3 miles in during my lunch break. I decided cutting it short and taking a shower would make my life better than pushing through and I have no regrets.
Thursday: 12 miles
Another early morning treadmill run. I was still really tired and considered early on cutting this run short and finishing it up later in the day, but I’m glad I powered through. Later on I reviewed my schedule and realized that this is the last 12 mile midweek run of this cycle!!!
That’s crazy that I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to tick off the last time I’m doing this or that type of run. I’m not starting to taper yet (I still have a couple of 11 mile midweek runs) but it feels like there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.
Friday: 8 mile GA
Early morning treadmill, at it again. This one felt just fine.
Saturday: Rest Day
I spent Saturday at a recording studio for the first time ever. My band is putting together an album and today was vocal recording day. The studio is next to a nature conservation area in the woods and is completely gorgeous. I felt like a total rock star.
Sunday: 18 miles with 14 at Marathon Pace
This is my last marathon pace long run and it’s over!!!! The sun came out today so I had perfect 60 degree weather. I had some trouble around mile 14 where I was getting really warm and had to stop for water. Otherwise, I’m really happy with how consistent I’m getting with pacing. This isn’t something I’ve been confident about before. All of the marathon pace workouts in this plan have definitely given me a 6th sense for 8 min/mile pace.
Marathon Pace splits: 7:47, 7:55, 7:59, 7:51, 8:03, 7:55, 8:05, 8:03, 8:01, 7:56, 8:01, 8:11, 7:59, 7:53
Around mile 12 some teenagers across the street started yelling at me and waving their arms. I almost ignored them but the realized it was my oldest son and his friends out walking around. Other than that, this run was about locking in on my hard (but not too hard) pace and just zoning out and not thinking about how much time was left.
Five more weeks to go!