I can't believe peak week is over and it's time to start tapering! This was a week of high mileage, lots of planking, speed work, and hills, capped off with a very long run. I was very pleased with how my body reacted to all of the work I put it throuh this week and especially how good I feel today after my long run. The other point of this week was to up my mental game, because before this week I was starting to doubt myself. I pushed myself to the limits during my runs and then tried to push past them to prove to myself that I could. It was a great week.
Monday - Mile Repeats
I did my mile repeat workout on Monday in between tracking people running the Boston Marathon and that made for awesome motivation.
1 Mile Warmup - 8:09
3x1 mile repeats - 6:51, 6:50, 6:45
1 Mile Cooldown - 8:04
5 Miles total at 7:19 average. Then half a mile of hill repeats at 8:00/mile. Plank streak day 72 for 10 minutes (2 five minute planks).
Tuesday - Long Speedwork
Really wanted to test my legs with a longer speedy run. I took the first 5 miles at 7:55/mile. Then the next two were 8:10/mile. The last mile was around 8:45. The whole run was 8 miles at 8:12/mile. Followed by plank streak day 73 for 8 minutes.
Wednesday - Recovery Miles
Started this run with really tight legs, but I pushed through and a couple miles in they loosened up. I ended up with 5 miles at 8:37/mile. Plank streak day 74 was 5 minutes.
I stuck to the treadmill on Thursday because I really didn't want to take it too fast and it was pouring rain. 5.1 Miles at 8:44/mile followed up by plank streak day 75 for 5 minutes.
Friday - Rest Day
I rested and carbed up on Friday, but I did do plank streak day 76 and got a new PR. 13 Minutes!! It was a lot easier than usual until the last couple minutes. I was surprised because of all the planking I did this week.
Saturday - 22 Mile Long Run
Peak week ended with my Saturday long run. My running partner was running a race so I started early before the club at 6:25am. It was freezing cold and I was wearing shorts. I was glad to have a pair of gloves in my car because I ended up needing them the whole time. I got in 7.5 miles before I met the club, including 3 big hills. When I got to the club, I had company for about 4 miles before everyone turned off to go back. I kept going until 14 miles where I had to stop to refill my Nuun and grab some more gels.
With all my fuel restocked, I took off for an 8 mile loop (4 out and 4 back). I was dying to get to the turn around, but once I got to 2.5 out I felt pretty good. I turned at 4 (18 miles) and turned around. I pulled off at 19.3 to refill my bottle at the fountain, and then headed back to my car. As I got near 20 miles it started to drag. It felt like I was looking at my watch every .05 miles and I was dying to take a break around 20. I told myself that this is what happens in my marathons and it's where I have caved in the past. I told myself to push to 21 and see how I felt, knowing that there was no way I'd stop with a mile to go. I pushed myself to 21 and sure enough, I hit a runner's high and coasted in the last mile. I proved to myself that I can be stronger than my doubts and my 22 miler ended up great. I took an ice bath and stretched out once I got home and then did plank streak day 78 for 3 minutes.
Another great week of training and it's officially time to taper, although I still have a week before I really scale back. 45.6 Miles this week at 8:29/mile. 54 Minutes of planking.