This is the last of three 40+ mile weeks before a cutback week, and I was definitely feeling those mid-marathon training side-effects: sore, tired, cranky, and hungry. I’d come home from work to make dinner and eat three things from the fridge or pantry before I’d even finished making the meal.
Aside from that, marathon training is chugging along and this week went as well as I could have planned it. I didn’t miss any runs and did marginally better at sticking to my intended alarm clock and getting out the door at the right time. That has been a true battle this training cycle: accepting that the morning alarms are getting earlier and earlier as the mid-week runs get (stay) longer and snoozing them just means I have to cut a run short, or be late to work. Lose, lose.
At the end of the week, I was in a kind of weird disbelief, like “You had this in you the whole time, body?! 48 miles, and you’re okay with more?!” That’s what running has given me…the ability to keep surprising myself. Somewhere to chase improvement, despite the missteps and keep poking that threshold.
“I’m glad to be here right now, poking at my threshold. I want to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to get more confident being uncertain. I don’t want to shrink back just because something isn’t easy. I want to push back, and make more room in the area between I can’t and I can. Maybe that spot is called I will.” ― Kristin Armstrong
- Monday: Pure Barre Empower (I decided to sleep in through my usual morning alarm and the only afternoon class I could make work was new Empower class. Holy. So fast, hard, and awesome.)
- Tuesday: 2 mile warm-up, 6 x 1 miles w/rest at 8k-10k pace, and a 1 mile cool-down. Goal was ~9:28 and the miles were 9:30, 9:26, 9:26, 9:28, 9:25, 9:27.
- Wednesday: (am) 5 easy miles + (pm) Pure Barre
- Thursday: 2 mile warm-up, 6 tempo, and a 1 mile cool-down. Goal was ~9:52 and the miles were 9:50, 9:56, 9:52, 9:52, 9:50, 9:50.
- Friday: Rest day, you’re wonderful.
- Saturday: 18 miles w/12-15 at marathon pace (10:02, 10:07, 10:02, 10:01)
- Sunday: 1 easy mile, 4 “steady miles,” 1 easy
- Weekly mileage = 48
I think training is more enjoyable when I use the long runs to find new places to run, and this week was no different. My local metroparks have been hosting a “Trail Challenge,” and they feature a new trail on their social media every now and again to visit. The Towpath Trail was an easy sell, and I could kick myself for not having found it sooner. It’s about a ~9 mile out and back trail along the Maumee River that begins at the Roche de Bout. It’s a big limestone outcrop that forms an island near the center of the river; it was a landmark for early explorers and a place were leaders of Native American tribes met. Super cool! At the end of the trail, it looks almost exactly like my beloved C+O trail by the Potomac and it turns around at an old mill. The middle sections are either right next to the river or on shaded buffed out trails.
All I know is, I’ll see you back for my 20-miler, Towpath Trail.
I’m linking up Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC‘s training recap.