I still haven’t made any decisions on what modifications I’d like to make to my training plan for Glass City Marathon. Not sure if I want to drop down to the half marathon quite yet, incorporate more rest days, drop speedwork, etc… so I’m giving it one more go this week. But just in case, I dug up my old training plan from 2016 when I was working with a coach and having a super rough time with the hamstring/glute issues. I remember that training cycle as being super low mileage and I still made it through the marathon fairly well (4:00:00 on the NOSE!!) Yep, this issue has been lingering since 2015!! Ugh. Enough already, right?
- Miles run = 38
Overall though, I’m feeling pretty darn good on Sunday. That’s a huge win! This picture also came up on Facebook… mile 26 of Glass City marathon last year… how’s this for motivation?!
Monday – 6 miles, treadmill. Surprisingly, this run went well! I was a little stiff to start with, but beyond that my pain level was very minimal. I was also a bit obsessed with my Garmin pace. I was using my foot pod and a 10:00 mile on the treadmill was translating to a 9:47 mile on my watch. Hmmmmmmmm!!
1 mile of Dog Walking. I walked some nice doggies today. This husky was beautiful!…. until he got loose inside the kennel room when I was trying to put him away, and I had to have a visitor catch him. DOH!!! My dog handling skills are really shining [backstory: I am afraid of dogs, but have made it my goal to get more comfortable with dogs. I still have fear that they are all secretly plotting to bite me when they bark at me!!]
Tuesday – 6 miles, speedwork. Instead of skipping my speedwork on the training plan, I decided to just lower my paces and expectations. A winning combination! 🙂 Given the new goal, this run went well. I was even more geeked out to see my foot pod had almost matched my paces and distance for this run! My treadmill reported 6 miles, and my Garmin w/ foot pod reported 6.07. How cool is that? I’ve also been trying really hard to get my proper warm ups and cool down stretching completed.
Wednesday – Rest day!!
Thursday – 14 miles, long run. I decided to swap my tempo run day with my long run due to family stuff going on Saturday. It snowed, and the kid’s school was closed! But that didn’t stop me. In fact, I think I jumped out of bed to put my running gear on. One reason: there’s no pressure to run fast in the snow!
One mile into it and it was hard! I ran 5 miles by myself and then my husband joined me for the next 5 miles.
By the time we got out of the snowy trail and back on to the paved/shoveled trail my legs felt like I had done monster walks for an hour. Yikes! I had thought seriously about stopping at 10 miles since this was also turning into a strength session, but the paved path was making the run a little easier. Thought about stopping at 12 miles… but then again, so close to 13.1…. I can do it, just keep repeating my route until I got to 14 miles. Hooray, I did it!
Friday – 4 miles, treadmill. Recovery run!! My legs were sore in places I hadn’t expected from that run in the snow yesterday, but overall this run felt good and it was good to keep them moving. Didn’t feel like going to the gym, so I did some strength training while I watched the snow fall.
Later in the day we met up with a friend who was running his birthday miles… all 46 of them! We just had lunch with him, but several friends joined him for runs of 1 mile up to 30+ miles with him. Wow!
Saturday – 8 miles treadmill, tempo run. It was an early morning run for me due to kids activities most of the day. I’m happy to report that my foot pod is almost spot on now when using it on the treadmill! Amazing. I ran 7 miles at “near race pace”, and was very happy with my effort and results. I might just make it through this training cycle after all!
Sunday – Rest day! Did some PT, core work, and they we had lunch along the riverside. It was a 4 mile mile hike roundtrip to the shelter in the snow. So beautiful out there!
Q: Did you get any snow this week?
Q: If you have a post-run stretch routine, how much time does it take?