I had a workout partner today:
I love my little nugget :)
I completed three rounds of the new TIU workout + abs in between each set. The workout included:
Tempo run in the A.M.!
5.31mi in 50:00 min; average pace = 9:25
I’m happy to see week 7 behind me. It was rough and it gave me a much needed reality check.
Monday, July 21st – Rest Day
Tuesday, July 22nd – 4mi AM treadmill run; avg pace = 9:19
Wednesday, July 23rd – 7mi AM treadmill run; avg pace = 9:21
Thursday, July 24th – 4mi PM run; avg pace = 9:35
Friday, July 25th – Rest Day
Saturday, July 26th – 14mi LSD; avg pace = 10:13
Sunday, July 27th – yoga + stretching
I woke up SORE on Sunday which hasn’t happened in a while (more proof that Saturday’s long run really kicked my ass) so I decided to zen out and get my yoga on. While I’m not the biggest fan of yoga it did provide me with some really great stretching.
So more on that reality check that I had last week - it’s all too easy to compare yourself to others who are training for the same marathon. Although I enjoy following along, I can’t help but have some negative thoughts, here are a couple which have crossed my mind recently:
I don’t run enough (major kudos to those who use the Hanson method)
I’m slow (in all honesty, I’m not trying to be a super speedy runner but it’s easy to have envy when others can knock out the same distance about a minute faster per mile)
I’ve reached the point in training where I’m starting to lose my love for running… with 11 weeks to go until the marathon. That’s a long time to torture myself. This seems to happen to people towards the end of training but apparently not for me. The same thing happened when I was training for Disney, I ended up taking 4 weeks completely off from running after week 7 of a 16 week plan. I had NO desire or motivation to get out there and run (which is why I think with proper training I can run better than a 4:53). I don’t have this problem when I’m training for a half so I don’t know if I’m just being a mental case and letting the marathon overwhelm me or if marathons just aren’t my thing.
During my disastrous 14-miler over the weekend, I kept thinking to myself “this is it, the last marathon.” If you need a reminder, this is only my second marathon. Marathons are HARD and the training for it is HARDER but that’s what makes crossing the finish line so much sweeter. But they are not for everyone. It’s a good reminder that you don’t have to run marathons to be considered a runner, one that I too often forget. I don’t know if Chicago will be “it” for me forever but it will be my last one for a while. So the next time a registration period comes up I’ll be making myself sparse on the internet. Damn you, FOMO!
I’ll be making some tweaks to the remainder of my training plan, I’m going to play around and see what works best for me in an effort to avoid the Disney training fiasco. This week I’m dropping down to running 3x and adding in some of the workouts that I miss doing.
Happy Saturday! May your long runs be better than mine :)
Off to soak my legs in some Epsom salt.
Have a good Tuesday :)
Another week in the books! Week 6 was the last week of lower mileage so now it’s time to increase the intensity, according to Hal that is.
Here was the plan:
Monday, July 14th - Hmmm. Moving right along.
Tuesday, July 15th - 3mi PM treadmill run; avg pace = 8:24
Wednesday, July 16th - 6mi AM outdoor run; avg pace = 9:29
Thursday, July 17th - 3mi PM outdoor run; avg pace = 8:58
Friday, July 18th - REST
Saturday, July 19th - 9mi LSD; avg pace = 9:31
Sunday, July 20th - REST
Total = 21
That’s a wrap on week 6.
12 weeks until Chicago!