Happy Sunday/Boston Marathon eve! Currently watching my Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs. Yesterday wrapped up week 12 of my marathon training and I'm feeling great. I talked with my running partner who thinks that based on my recent performance in the 20 mile drop, my performance in Cleveland is going to be better than he originally expected. I already felt the same way but hearing it from someone else makes me excited and confident! This week of training was heavily focused on recovery and making sure I didn't cause injury by overworking since I just raced a 20 miler on Sunday. As a result, the mileage was lower with a lot of off days worked in and no speedwork. This week also brought a new plank PR!
Monday - Rest Day
Monday was a straight rest day, except for plank streak day 65 for 10 minutes (7 minutes regular plank, two 1 minute side planks, 1 minute reverse plank. I foam rolled intensely on Monday which was so painful the day after my race.
Tuesday - Rest Day/Recovery Swim
Tuesday I was dying to run and I literally stood in my apartment for about 15 minutes trying to decided whether to cave and go for a run or to get in the pool and swim for a workout instead. I knew I needed another day off because I could feel tightness in my posterior shin and wanted to prevent a splint from happening. I put on my swimming stuff and headed to the pool. I ended up doing a little over a mile and a half swim workout, with about .15 miles of kicking (to work out the tightness) and about .35 individual medleys. I then got into the hot tub, using the jets to massage out any tight spots. After the swim I felt incredibly loose and I knew I made the right decision. Plank streak day 66 was 10 minutes (one 6 minute, one 4 minute). Followed up by some homemade Szechuan Shrimp!
Wednesday - Windy Run
Tried to go out for a casual run on Wednesday and keep it easy, but the wind had other plans. I ended up fighting 30 mph winds the whole way and it was freezing cold when I had a headwind despite the sunshine. I ended up with 5.2 miles at 8:32/mile. PLank Streak day 67 was 3 minutes.
This run was interesting because I decided to head to a different park because the winds were minimal and it was relatively warm. I took off and was having a great run until I saw flashing ambulance and police car lights ahead. I figured there was a car accident or something so I pushed on until I hit the crime scene tape. I was the third citizen on the scene of a body discovered on the beach....so I decided to turn around and head back a different direction. If I hadn't slept in an extra hour that morning, I might have made the discovery because I would have been the first person there. I will be avoiding that park for a while during off hours until we get some details on what happened. I ended up with 5 miles at 8:24/mile. Plank streak day 68 was 3 minutes.
Friday - Rest day
Friday was a rest day and carb up day for my (sorta) long run on Saturday. I did have plank streak day 69 which was a new PR of 12 minutes! I couldn't believe it! I knew I wanted a new PR since it had been 2 weeks since my last PR, so I set up Netflix and watched that while planking.
Saturday - 10 Mile Long Run
Saturday I got to reunite with my club for 10 miles. I wanted to go longer but my running partner said no, because I was still recovering. He did let turn it into a hard workout. We took the first 4ish pretty slow, chatting with the club ranging from 8:45-8:55 per mile. Around 4 we kicked it up a little, because it was downhill, finishing mile 5 at 8:35ish. The way back we really kicked it up, working hard and ranging from 8:15-8:25/mile. It felt good to push my legs and I was okay with only doing 10.2 since we worked hard. We ended up with a negative split, finishing at 8:35/mile. I ended the day with plank streak day 70 for 5 minutes. I came home from my run to a shipment of Nuun Watermelon (so I'm good to go for the marathon) and I rewarded myself for the long run with a giant sea salt dark chocolate caramel cup!
So that wrapped up week 12 and that means that next week is peak week! Crazy that we are this close to the race! This week had 20.3 miles (not counting the race) at 8:31/mile. It also had 50 minutes of planking! Time to channel the mental game and work on strengthening that aspect as we get closer to the race!