Wow, hard to believe it's been 10 weeks already and that there is only a little over a month until race day! Wrapped up another week of training and this one was a seriously high mileage week, considering that the 20 miler from the previous week fell on Sunday, bringing it into this week, and ramping the mileage closer to 54 miles on the week. This week brought a new plank pr and I am officially in the double digits with a 10:30! That was hard!
Monday - Rest Day
Because last week's 20 miler fell on a Sunday, Monday became a rest and recovery day full of stretching and foam rolling. I also worked in a plank workout of 10 Minutes, broken into two 5 minute planks.
Tuesday - Long Run with Tempo Workout
Tuesday my legs felt fresh and recovered so I decided to work in some speed into the middle of a longer run. I settled on getting 8 total miles and planned on a 1 mile warm up, 6 at marathon pace, and 1 mile cool down. I ended up at 8:12 overall with a mile warmup at 9:00, 6 miles at 7:55/mile, and a mile cooldown at 8:58. The whole thing felt good and I was impressed at how easy the fast miles felt. Plank streak day 52 - 5 mins.
Wednesday - Recovery Miles
Knew I needed the recovery on Wednesday because my legs felt tired and so I set out to take it really easy for 5ish miles. I ended up with 5.2 miles at 8:41/mile. Plank streak day 53 - 6 minutes.
My legs felt seriously tired on Thursday and I knew I still needed 5 miles, so I convinced myself to do it because I would get a day off on Friday. When I got up to do the run it was pouring rain, freezing cold, and 34 mph winds, so I decided to head to the treadmill. It was tough but I got it done with 5 miles at 8:36/mile. Plank streak day 54 - 3 minutes.
Friday - Rest day
Friday was another day off except plank streak day 55. Got a new PR of 10:30, which was really difficult.
Saturday - 16 Mile Long Run
Saturday's long run was done in unseasonably cold temperatures with tiny ice balls (apparently called Groppel?) falling from the sky for the first couple miles. Set out to hold around a 9 minute mile or 9:10 for the whole thing since it was a hard week of training. The legs felt really heavy but the run actually didn't feel that bad overall. My running partner had a rough run, but he held in there, either running with me or about 5 feet behind me. It wasn't until the very last mile that I took off, finishing the last mile at 8:00/mile. Held 9:02/mile for the whole run. Plank streak day 56 for 3 mins.
So that wraps up another week of training and despite all the miles. Wrapped up March with 162.3 miles and 2 hours and 55 minutes of planking. Wrapped up the week of training with 34.2 miles (not counting the 20 miler) at 8:44/mile and 37 minutes and 30 seconds of planks. Normally I would think that 8:44 average for the week was a little slow for my training, but with all the miles I put in, the fact that this was a recovery week, and having a race next week, I'm pretty happy with how it came out and I know my legs are going to reward me in the coming weeks.
Happy running everyone!