I hope everyone has had a fabulous week! I’ve been all about resting and de-stressing all weekend and it has been pretty awesome!

This week has been pretty good when it comes to running, before I get into anything else lets talk about that shall we?!

 

Monday

The start of the week called for 6 miles.  I ended up getting out of bed earlier than expected since I hadn’t slept well the night before.

I ran my 6 miles much quicker than expected. I was surprised just how good my legs felt for Monday morning.

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Afterwards I went and picked Wes up from his work out. It enables him not to be quite as rushed to get back since he has to be at the hospital by 6:30.

 

Tuesday

Every week my current plan adds 1 mile. This allows a slow gradual progression in mileage. This will be perfect because by the time this plan ends I will be a little less than a month out from the beginning of marathon training.

Instead of my normal 5, Tuesday picked up to 6 miles as well.

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Nothing real special, but finished it off with 6 x 10 second strides.

 

Wednesday

It was back to a tempo run for this week’s workout. I’m always a bit nervous when Wednesday rolls around, but I just tried not to think about it and get out there and make it happen.

Instead of running my normal road for tempos, I did switch it up this week. I went to the same parking lot I did my mile repeats last week and just looped around it as much as I could.

I was really tired that morning, but during my warm up I noticed that my legs still seemed to have some “pop” in them.

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I ended up destroying my tempo which was supposed to be at a 7:28 average with a 7:17 average. I felt really good and could have kept going! In total I did just over 7 miles with a warm up and cool down.

It was a great confidence boost for mid-week!

 

Thursday

The final run of the work week was an easy 5 miles. It really wasn’t anything special to talk about, just 5 early miles followed up with some core work and stretching.

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My legs once again felt much better than they had the week before!

 

Friday

As per usual, Friday was my rest day.

 

Saturday

I usually  have a set plan when it comes to Saturday. I knew I needed to run 14 miles but when I woke up that morning I had no idea what course I wanted to do.

Instead of planning every inch of it out like I usually do, I decided just to go out and run.  This run came in a lot of waves. Some miles I felt really good and then other ones were a struggle. All in all though it was a nice run!

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The weather is slowly starting to get better which makes me happy! I can’t wait to be able to go out each and every morning in a tank top and shorts!

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I ended up doing 14 miles with an 8:27 average pace.

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Sunday

The plan is an easy 5 miles. I’m heading off to see my family so it’ll probably be a little earlier than normal, but just focusing on letting my legs recover.

 

The biggest difference I noticed this week is that my legs felt fresher. There could be many reasons for this, but I think the mileage cut back has had a big part in it.

During marathon training with Hansons, they want you to be tired. Training through the cumulative fatigue helps to make you stronger and ready for race day.  I think I got so used to that, that I forgot how it felt to actually have recovered legs.

I’m really enjoying this time! It allows me to get a little more recovery, and also gives me a little more free time to be there when my husband needs me to get him ready for Boston! Working 75-80 hour weeks and trying to get in your best shape for Boston isn’t easy, so I try to help wherever I can!

 

I hope you all have a great Sunday!

 

How did your running go this week?

When do you notice your legs feel the best?

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