This week had a lot of firsts. Some good, some not so good, but all in all I am really happy with how the week went! I hit some tough workouts, pushed through some less than ideal weather conditions, and made each day happen!
Before we get into too much here is a run down of my week:
8 miles easy
1 mile warm up
6 x 1 mile repeats with 400 recovery
1 mile cool down
7 miles easy
1 mile warm up
8 mile tempo run (7:54 average pace)
1 mile cool down
16 miles (long run)
8 miles easy
I knew going into this week that it was going to be a big one! Last week was a bit easier and any time that happens it is followed up with a tough week. I was mentally much more prepared this time, not sure why I just felt a little more confident.
On Saturday, I knew I had my longest run to date of 16 miles. I was watching the weather all week, since it has been raining off and on a lot recently, and kept seeing that the weather wasn’t looking too pretty for Saturday.
I kept hope all the way up until I got up that morning that the weather would clear and I would be good to run outside. However, that didn’t happen and it poured almost all Saturday morning.
I headed to the YMCA to start my 16 miles on the treadmill. It’s near a local trail so I held out hope that if the rain let up, I could go outside and finish it. Sadly that never happened. I did have a pretty great run though.
I completed 16 miles at an 8:41 average pace. My long run goal pace is 8:42 so it was the closest I could set it on the treadmill. We attempted to try and get the treadmill set to where it wouldn’t cut off after a certain amount of time, but we could only figure out how to extend it out to 99 minutes. Oh well, it’s better than 60 minutes!
I ran a little over 11.3 miles in the first 99 minutes. Quickly stopped and finished it out. I was going to take a picture but hit the button one too many times and it cleared out the results. I jotted it down on my phone while I kept running.
The last 4.75 were more difficult, but still I felt strong the entire time. I could have easily kept going which is a good sign for me! I was really happy to have completed it with something “left in tank.”
Even though I was indoors I don’t think I have ever had a sweatier run in quite some time. It was really warm in there today. This picture really doesn’t even do it justice. I think partly because they had their official grand opening and a lot more people were coming in and out than normal.
The entire time I was running I reminded myself to run these 16 miles for this sweet girl. This is my in-laws cat who passed away on Friday while they were on vacation. It was very sad, but she lived a long 18 wonderful years. I dedicated the entire run to one of the sweetest kitties I have ever met!
This week my best run once again was my tempo run. Thursday morning I woke up at 4:15 am and headed to my tempo run area to go for another 8 miles.
Even though my mileage had picked up for the week I was still able to hit the tempo run and felt strong at the end. I’d say this went even better than the last time!
My PRO Compression socks helped a ton with my achy calves!
That and Primal Sport Mud. Seriously, these two have been my LIFE savors during marathon training!
I’m feeling a little more confident after a successful tempo and long run this week! I am pretty sure I was on cloud nine after both of them!
Even though I really don’t think I can remember a really TOUGH run this week, I would say Monday morning’s 8 miles probably would be the closest thing to it.
I wasn’t prepared to run 8 miles on a treadmill that morning and mentally I just had a hard time getting into it. There were a lot of mind games played to get through it!
Now time for the age old question, how am I feeling?
I am feeling much better than I expected to at the end of this week. I know next week is a little bit of a step back again which is a big help, but I can feel my body getting stronger.
The only hesitation right now I have is the idea that I won’t run further than 16 miles during training. This was my first of several 16 miles runs, but still not having that 20+ run is mentally bothering me a little bit. I am having to really put my trust in the plan and the success that it has had.
How did your training go this week?
What was your best and toughest run?