Saturday, October 1, 2011

Marathon Training Week 17

My training plan for the week was cross-train, run 4, 5, and 4 miles, rest, 3 mile run, and 8 mile long run. Huh, look at that. A regular running week.

I started phasing out some of my strength training, especially my legs. I can see that my quad muscles are stronger. I am really hoping that I will avoid the massive quad muscle failure that happened in both of my marathons. Or at least this time I know that yes, it hurts, but yes, it's just part of the game and I can push through it. I am still going to yoga once a week. That's not going to change.

Sunday – yoga class, plus lunges (2 sets instead of 3 as usual).

Monday – 4.2 mile run, plus abs and lower back exercises. Nice easy pace. Humid. Hey, weather, it's about time to drop the humidity. Thanks.

Tuesday – 5.2 mile run, plus upper body exercises (3 sets as usual) and squats (2 sets instead of 3 as usual). Kept the pace pretty easy. Reeeeallly not feeling the humidity, though. Where are those crisp fall days? Did my strength training on Tuesday because I had more flexibility with my schedule. I kinda like teaching one class, going home, exercising, doing work, and then going back to teach my second class.

Wednesday – 4.4 mile run in the PM, then planks and pushups when I got home.

Thursday – Rest day.

Friday – 8.2 mile run. Last long run on the books. I switched the 8 mile long run and 3 mile run because I was running a 5K on Saturday. Started the run in the dark and finished when it was light out. I got to see the sun rise for the first time in a long time. I had a ridiculous amount of reflective stuff. My shoes, pants, arm sleeves, Fuelbelt, headband, and vest all had reflective strips. Ran negative splits without realizing it.

Saturday - Local 5K that I ran, not raced. I thought of it as doing a training run with a bunch of other people with a T-shirt and refreshments thrown in. And yet I ran it in 23:29. I was not pushing the pace. Seriously? Something must be working. I was the 4th female overall and 1st in my age category. I also got a special prize for being the first female faculty member (the race was sponsored by one of the universities I work for). Not too shabby. I learned that the pack will go out too fast and that I am not competing against anyone other than me. It is also important to note that the pace felt easy and yet I knew it was faster than I wanted to run. This is helpful info to realize going into Chicago.

Total Miles: Scheduled – 24 Actual – 25.1

September Mileage: Scheduled - 151 Actual - 148.8

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