Another week of training for the Lehigh Marathon on September 11th is in the books! Here’s how it went down:
Lehigh Marathon Training – Week Ending July 16, 2016
Sunday – 2 hour run (13 miles total)
- So I was extremely nervous about this run. The day before I volunteered to set up a MDA event my firm was sponsoring and ended up spending about 8 hours there. After some less than stellar “long” runs in this cycle – I have not been going into these runs confidently. But I woke up – got ready and headed out – with the knowledge that Mark was making me some protein pancakes and an epic fruit salad upon my return. And you know what – the run was hot and sweaty and long but I got it done and it was not as bad as prior weeks. Could it have been my play list (I changed from EDM to mellow music), the fact that I fueled better the night before – maybe – but what ever it was I am going to keep doing it until SEptember 11th! (PS – the breakfast was totally worth it. So, Mark I guess you are going to be my post run sous chef until Lehigh :))
Monday – Rest Day
- Yeah! I got to sleep in while Mark went to the gym – I love that! After workI headed to physical therapy. I explained that my foot has been more sore and that I have had to revert back to sneakers – which is not a cute look! So I got dry needled! I have had it before with great results BUT today – jury is out. I left more sore then I have ever been. Hopefully tomorrow my leg will loosen up.
Tuesday – Easy
- This was truly a lovely run – my left calf was still a bit sore and stiff but after about a 1/2 mile it loosened up. This was one of those runs that felt like I was running in October and not the middle of July. I will take it as it looks like the weather is going to get nasty (meaning hot and humid) for the next couple of days.
Wednesday (Track Day) – 2mi warm up; 6x1000m (7:49)(2min rest); 6x300m(7:09)(100m rest); 1mi cooldown
- The roofers working on the Wethersfield High School roof had the same idea as me this morning – get out and get it done before the sun rises. The temperature was completely different this morning. Cool and comfortable temperature were replaced with humidity. I usually do mileage math in my head to see how many miles I am “supposed” to be doing before I hit the track but I must have miscalculated as I “thought” I was only running 7miles when it turned out to be 9! Such is marathon training. My New Balance races are feeling better – especially when I stopped focusing on my shoes and got my head into the workout. My splits for the 1000s and 300s were solid in my book. I had to take Mark to work – so I did not cool down like I should have. Oof – I felt that for the rest of the day.
Thursday (Double Run) 54 minutes in the am and 36 minutes in the pm
- Last night was one of the few times I did not check the weather obsessively before I went to bed, so I was super surprised when it started to downpour just before I left the house. Now I don’t mind running in the rain – I just don’t like starting a run during a downpour. So, I waited until it let up a bit. Holy soupy running weather! In fact, the only saving grace was that during my run it started to downpour and actually cooled me off – other than that it was slog and sweat fest BUT I felt comfortable during the run so that was a win.
- The weather in the afternoon was just as nasty BUT I avoided the rain this time. As someone whom has abhorred after work runs – I am starting to embrace them. Its a great way to get more miles in without having to get up before 5AM
Friday – 63 minutes
- I think my body is getting used to the short Thursday to Friday turnaround time. The weather remained the same but my legs were ready to go – I even got a text from my coach that I need to slow it down and give my legs time to recover. Duly noted!
Saturday (Quality Session) – 25 min warm up; 6×1 mile (marathon pace)- 90 sec recovery; 25 min cooldown
- As I have written in previous posts I feel more “comfortable” running my quality miles on the track. BUT since the Lehigh Marathon will not take place on the track, I have made it a mission to get out on the roads more my quality workouts. I headed to Old Wethersfield early to get my miles in before the sun started to beat down. After a very slow warm up (a 10 minute mile) – I was off!
- My mantra for this workout was “One more mile” and “Be in the workout” – to make sure I did not get inside my own head. After the first mile where I had to shake some nerves out of me, I hit and exceeded my paces (8:20; 8:14; 8:15; 7:52; 7:50; 7:57)! Fist pumps occurred after the last rep and I rewarded myself with iced tea Comstock Faire Marketplace.