This is it! The final week of training is on. Erie marathon is Sept 8th, so close! I don’t have many workouts on my calendar for the upcoming week. Let’s recap what I did last week! The miles were cut this week. Woohoo taper, right? Nothing left to do other than exist in bubble wrap mode, and reflect on my training successes (ignore those failures!!) and previous marathons for a potential race day strategy.
- Miles run: 35.2
Monday – 5 easy miles. Getting up in the dark is getting to be a grind. Why do we have to lose that summer early morning sun?? I’m trying to finish out my training runs for Erie outside as much as I can, so it was another glowy vest day.
Evening run? NOPE! I skipped our Ready for the Race training group due to school open house.
Tuesday – 6 miles, intervals, treadmill. As these final weeks before the race are happening, my training plan is getting kind of sketchy. Not sure I want to stick with the rest of my plan, or hop back to what I did back in 2014 & 2015 when I BQ’d at Erie. Seems like it must have worked then, so why not repeat it?? I had some short, fast intervals on my schedule, but I bailed on that because I don’t want to anger the hammies. I decided to just run some random ½ mile intervals with ¼ mile recovery. Good enough!
Wednesday – 3.5 easy miles. I’ve been struggling with feeling run down this week, and this morning I felt pretty decent waking up. Although my cat woke me up at 5:22am when my alarm was going to go off at 5:30am. Ugh. Come on, you’re killing me!!! The cat is going to be spending the night in the laundry room very soon if this behavior continues. The moon was an amazing little sliver and the stars were out. I’m glad I got out the door in the dark!
Amazing sunrise after that beautiful moon!
Evening run – 1.7 miles. The regular training plan was tackling hill repeats tonight, I asked to be put with the beginners instead, who were doing run/walk, with no hill. Can’t risk twisting an ankle on the hill or angering my hamstrings at this point! Glad I did. The runners looked like they were working hard!
This popped up in my social media feed today. So timely 😉
Thursday – 7 miles, pace miles. I ditched my workout which was supposed to have fartleks during it. No thanks. So, I opted to just make this a faster pace run. Avg pace was 8:36. Very good! But…. exhausting. Am I asking too much of my body to run a marathon at 8:53 pace? Maybe so. Fun part of my run – I was trying out a new sports bra. It’s really comfy, but it was bit warmer than my current bras. I got overheated!
I even made it to the gym to lift some weights this afternoon. Felt good to pump some iron 🙂
Friday – 12 miles “long run”, 9:06 avg pace. Earlier in the week I was stressing a little about my upcoming marathon, so I booked a running date with my friend. We haven’t ran together since our Glass City marathon training back in March. It was great to catch up with her! The miles went by very fast, and I was surprised to see a decent pace. Wish she was running with me at the race!
Saturday – Rest day! My only athletic achievement for the day was running over to see my daughter racing at her cross country meet! The girls varsity squad did well again – they took 2nd place in a tough meet. Woohoo!
Sunday – Rest day again!! Nothing going on today. We all slept in at our house which made my kids pretty happy 🙂
I ended August up with 189.8 miles for the month. That’s pretty random! I’m glad I just figured that out or I probably would have pushed that to 200 for the month! I guess the next time you hear from me I’ll have completed marathon #14. I hope to be sharing some great news with you then!!