Lucky #13? Maybe so! Before I dive into marathon training, I wanted to give a special shout-out to KH who finished the Jackson Hole Marathon today — her very first! What’s astonishing/amazing is that she started training about 3 weeks ago (kids, don’t try this at home). As someone who is 13 weeks into a 18-week marathon training cycle, I am a little envious of such a short training cycle, but I also know that I personally would suffer mightily during and after the marathon with only 3 weeks of training. So kudos to you, KH!
Here’s what I did this week in marathon training land (“planned” workout in green/“actual” in bold):
Monday: Rest or cross-training/rest.
Tues: 5/5. Easy run. Nothing special.
Wed: 10/10 miles including 8 x 800 m. I’m working my way up to a full set of Yasso 800’s (10 x 800). I averaged 4:16 for the set, 6 seconds slower compared to 2 weeks ago. However, I felt more consistent and in control. I definitely tapped into some of the mental toughness that I learned from Point Pinole to get me through this workout. Not to make excuses, but I had to dodge a lot of pedestrian traffic around the lake, so next time I’m definitely doing this workout on the track!
Thurs: 5/5. Super easy jog without the Garmin or HRM.
Fri: Rest or cross-training/rest. Ladies night in, where we watched Dirty Dancing and Magic Mike. Woot!
Sat: 10 @ marathon pace/10 @ MP (average 9:48/mile). I went down to the South Bay to meet up with TC and FL. My goal was 10 miles at MP, which I randomly assigned to be ~9:45-10:00/mile. T was having a bit of a rough time and told F and I to run ahead. I had a great time chatting with F, whom I’ve only met once before. I was very happy to have a slight negative split overall — our 1st mile was 10:06, miles 2-8 were around 9:50-10:00, and then the last 2 miles were at 9:30 and 9:32. I felt very strong – definitely a confidence boosting run!
Afterwards, I met up with AW in her new neighborhood for some delicious crepes and quality catching up time.
Sun: 20/20. For my 2nd 20-miler of this cycle, I decided to trek over to the Iron Horse Trail, a 24-mile paved path that cuts through the suburbs of Contra Costa County. The main thing that the IHT has going for it is that it’s relatively red-light free and almost flat as a pancake. I plugged in the audiobook du jour (Bossypants by Tina Fey) and trucked along to pretty even splits. To shake things up, I practiced 1 minute pick-ups or surges at the beginning of miles 15-19. Then I picked up the effort for mile 20, dropping my average pace down to 10:01 from the ~10:50 average of the first 19 miles. As I’ve always struggled with pacing in the last few miles of my 20-mile runs, I’d say this was a success.
Besides being bored by the scenery, I had very little complaints about this run. My feet started to ache towards the end, and I came home to discover a couple of spots of chafing due to my new sports bra. My 2nd toenail on my right foot is feeling a bit tender too, but I realize that these are all minor aches ad pains, and for that, I’m very grateful.
Wrap-Up: 50 miles/50total. Well, folks, I’ve done it again — another 50 mile week in the books! Entering this week, the fact that I’ve completed 50 miles previously helped me to add some confidence-boosting “flair” to my runs this week. I feel ready to take on MCM! However, I still have 5 weeks to go… patience, young grasshopper.