A recap of my last two weeks of workouts, including another 20 miler + peaking my weekly marathon training mileage at 56 miles leading up to the Boston Marathon.
Hey guys! Happy Monday! It’s snowing in Winston, which I’m really not thrilled about. I mean, come on spring! I’m still playing catch-up after being in D.C. last weekend with Beautycounter, which was an AMAZING experience. I plan to do a blog post about it, since it was incredible on so many levels and I fell in love with the company even more. They are doing so much to change the skincare industry and improve the health of our country, and I’m SO grateful I get to be a part of that. (And for those of you who use Beautycounter products, you too are helping with that cause, so thank you!)
I have lots of blog posts planned this month, but I selfishly wanted to blog my last two weeks of workouts because I really want to document my Boston Marathon training so I can reference it later. And, I always learn something when I reflect on my workouts. There are two weeks of training in here, so it’s a bit long but hopefully you find some nuggets of wisdom. And if you missed my post about what training plan I’m using, you can read about that here!
Although, I was trekking all over Capitol Hill so it wasn’t much rest!! 🙂
I did 5×600 at a 6:35 pace with a 2 minute recovery jog between each. I also included a 3 mile warm-up and 2 mile cool down (I think? I did this on the treadmill so I don’t have my splits from my Garmin).
This was supposed to be a 12 miler and it’s the first time I’ve cut a run short in my training plan. I ran 7 miles outside and then went inside for the last 3 to escape the wind. I just wasn’t feeling this run, so I took the advice I heard from an elite coach a few weeks ago (I should blog about that seminar!), and cut it short.
His advice was if something really just doesn’t feel right, that it’s okay to cut it short and if a run is feeling really good, add on some miles. So I gave myself some grace and listened to my body. I think I was still wiped from the 20 miler the previous Friday, spending 11 hours in the car driving to and from D.C, and going nonstop at the Beautycounter events, which were fun but also exhausting.
It was a gorgeous morning!! My legs were dead the first few miles and my shins were bothering me, but it all loosened up eventually. I added 3 short strides at the end.
This run felt AMAZING. I easily hit my splits and was even faster than my goal pace (which is 7:50), averaging around 7:30-7:35.
This run FLEW by! My friend Christian joined me and she invited one of her friends, Chip. After we ran, I did a quick weight training session with deadlifts, squats and some upper body work.
How I’m Feeling: I am SO excited about how much I’ve improved throughout this training cycle. Saturday’s run was a total confidence booster and helped me see that my training is really coming together! I’m in a new mesocycle now, which includes a lot more intervals (vs. tempo runs) which I love. I find interval workouts go by so quickly and they also make my slower runs feel so much easier. Interval running is one of my top tips increasing your running speed over the years.
I headed to Hanes Park for this run, and just did a bunch of loops on the dirt trail since I was feeling really beat up – and recovery miles feel extra delicious on dirt.
My legs, lungs and heart were not willing to make this workout happen. It was supposed to include 7 miles at half marathon pace (7:10ish), but I could barely eek out 7:25s. Part of the problem was that I skipped a couple rest days to move all my training up in order to do my 20 miler on Friday before I went to D.C. on Saturday. Skipping rest days is not smart. Lesson learned (again).
The weather was gorgeous and I felt surprisingly good after a couple crappy runs.
You could say there was a breeze for this 20 miler. Four nasty gusts blew my legs so hard that I tripped over my own feet, I saw two massive trees down, and I was 1 happy girl to have that run done done. Both of my 20 milers have had horrible weather, so I guess I’ll be prepared for anything! (My last 20 miler finished in POURING rain.)
I’ve been really increasing how much I fuel before my long runs and it’s helped a LOT. I have to wake up earlier so I have time to digest but it’s worth it!
Easy, breezy, DC sightseeing with 15-20mph winds! oof!
How I’m feeling: This was my highest weekly marathon training mileage to date!! And I think it goes down from here. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – this plan is really pushing me and I’m really loving it.