Hard to believe that it’s almost August AND it’s less than 50 days until the Lehigh Valley Marathon on September 11th.
Here’s how my week went down:
Lehigh Valley Marathon Training – Week Ending July 23, 2015
- I have been running my long runs on Sundays for the past couple of weeks, but pair hosting a party the night before and preparing for it the week before meant that sleeping in was necessary and needed. But don’t worry – Protein pancakes still made an appearance.
Monday (100 minutes)
- A rest day on Sunday meant…..long run today…before work. Up at 4:30am to get out and back before work meant I got to see a gorgeous sunrise. As with last week – I changed up my playlist. My usual techno was replaced with some good tunes to belt out to no one in particular.
Tuesday (60 minutes)
- Nothing to report. Another day another run. The afternoon’s highlight was picking up this week’s CSA. The box of fruits and vegetables (which I forgot to take a picture of ) make for a great salad for dinner and lunch the next day
Wednesday (2 mi warm up; 4×10 minutes @ threshold pace; 2 minute rest; 1.5 mi cooldown)
- Wow – a cool front moved through last night so it was a perfect morning for a track workout. It was great that this workout was on the schedule for me today. I admit that it was a bit cool when I arrived, so I “might” have had to wear a jacket to warm up. I can’t remember the last time I wore a jacket to the track in July.
- BUT once it was warmed up, I got into the workout, focused and banged out some impressive paces. The only downside – I forgot to turn the 1 mile Autolap off. I felt strong and in control during this workout, a great feeling.
- I also tried a new headphone option during my warm-up and cool down. Review coming up on the blog next week.
Thursday – Double Run Day (60 minutes in the am and 5mile in the PM)
- Other than not wanting to get out of bed, I got out there. I was blessed with a gorgeous sunrise for my troubles and a sign that the afternoon was going to be hot, hot, hot.
- That afternoon I headed to the Glastonbury Track. Not my first choice for afternoon running in 90 degree heat BUT I had promised the daughter of a girlfriend to help increase her endurance for the upcoming soccer season, and knew the track would be our best bet. Not sure where her endurance would be – I ended up running 3 miles before she arrived. Then once she arrived we banged out 2 more miles. Ahh youth – she bested me with her sprinting speed but I still have the endurance :). I just had enough time to shower (Mark is sure getting a clean wife), scarf down some dinner, and pass out.
Friday (60 minutes)
- Mark wanted me to “bag” the run, which I understand because I ran more than my that “the plan” said the night before, BUT 60 was on the schedule so that’s what I did. Legs did not feel “that” fresh so I added some CEP calf compression sleeves and headed out. They worked!
- Mark and I prepped dinner in the evening full of fresh and “good for me” foods to get me prepared for Saturday’s quality miles. I love this time of year – fresh vegetables (and unpictured pasta salad for the win!)
- I went to bed feeling good but my quads are still a little sore – guess those sprints after Wednesday’s track workout did more to me than I thought
Saturday (4 mile warm up; 3×2.5 miles at marathon pace; 0.5 mile recovery in between; 2 mile cooldown)
- I should have known walking out the door and even when I was done with my 4 mile warm up that it was going to be a struggle and I should have adjusted my expectations BUT I have a hard time deviating from the plan and today it was to my detriment.
- My paces were NOT bad in the least, in fact I was faster than my prescribed times (8:07; 8:04; 8:20) but going out fast in those early miles coupled with the fact that my quads were still not recovered lead me to have (in my mind) a struggle bus of a workout. To the point that I stopped at mile 2 of my last set. Not cool but I could not go any further – physically and mentally everything was telling me to stop.
- In the end I did my cooldown and rewarded my effort with an iced tea and it was only then that I was able to look at myself and the salt lick that I had become. Not good – hydration needs to be a higher priority or come race day – it is not going to be a good ending.
- When I finally got back to the house and had a chance to read posts from others who also were working out in this weather I realized that I was not the only one that struggled. I then felt a bit of camaraderie that we all took the same struggle bus.