Marathon training is a long drawn out process. You push and push in hopes to see a break through and then continue to push and push for more all over again. After my injury early in the year I felt like I would never get back to the paces and endurance I was. Then in my last recap I noted that I was getting pretty close. Finally last week I felt as though I had a small break through in training and am not only where I was in January, but a tiny bit beyond it. The breakthroughs are not always smooth, but progress is progress. I’m thrilled about every step in the right direction, exhausted but thrilled 😉 Here is a recap:
11 runs in 7 days
83 Total Miles
Monday- 2 mile warm up, 12 by 2 mins @ 6:00 pace, Incline 4 on the treadmill. This workout was absolutely brutal. The incline range was between 4-5. I, being ambitious on a Monday morning, set the incline to 5 and died on the first one. Any second I expected to be thrown off the back of the treadmill and my heart rate was through the ceiling. There was no way I could complete the workout at an incline of 5 so I switched it to 4 where I continued to feel like bad things could happen at any moment. My pride wouldn’t let me adjust the pace or incline any lower though and I survived through one of my hardest speed workouts to date. How could an interval that only lasts two minutes be so difficult?!?!?
Wednesday- After a rough Monday, I didn’t let me brain stress about this one too much. I had childcare but not until later in the morning when it was 85 and a dew point of 73. Not great tempo conditions but I will say, after a workout on the treadmill I was so happy to be outside that I didn’t care. I always do the same exact 5 mile tempo loop so that I can accurately compare. There are sections with a headwind but its an out and back so it’s “fair” with a tailwind as well. The miles went 5:56, 6:04, 5:56, 6:08 (oops!), and 5:55 (6:00) average. My fastest 5 mile tempo before Philly was 5:59 pace and that was in near perfect conditions so this tempo, in such heat & humidity, was huge for me. If you are feeling down about proper pacing in the heat here is the link to the chart I use for temperature/humidity adjustments- Maximum Performance Running Heat Adjustment Chart
Friday- 16 mile Fast Finish Long run. All of our long runs have a different goal, some are medium pace, some include tempos, some are water only. These week was a fast finish. My first 12 miles were at 7:03 pace and my last 4 were at 6:18 pace, averaging 6:55 overall. I did take two gels and stopped for water to take with those gels. This was WORK but It’s been nice to see my average pace for long runs dropping. Last year long runs were very rarely sub 7 overall.
Friday was also the day I mowed our lawn and got stung by FOUR bees. I suppose I was lucky it wasn’t more but it was an awful experience. Has this happened to anyone else? I jumped in our pool and got tons more off after the first four stung. I have been sung before and NEVER had a reaction but this time my ankles were swollen and the pain irritated me for two days. It was even waking me up at night. When I ran Saturday and Sunday my ankles were bursting out of the tops of my socks, lol. For now on when I mow the lawn I will be wearing pants and long sleeves even if its 90 degrees out. This isn’t the best picture but look how swollen my left ankle is 24 hours after the stings:
So (besides the bees) running is going very well but I do have to say something else that has happened in the past week that blows running out of the water. The Mr. came home!! It’s been a long summer without him and it feels amazing to have our family whole again. This is an old reunion picture, I was too lost in the moment to take one yesterday but it captures the moment. I feel like I’ve neglected some of my sponsers, so I wanted to give a little thank you to Bedgear for supporting us. When they send me gear, they also send the Mr. some as well and as a submariner he really appreciates his. Those guys are tired! He slept for over 12 hours on bedgear before heading back to work. We are so happy to have him home!
Have a happy week everyone!!