Happy Sunday! It's finals week for me, which means that 2 exams stand between me and graduating from law school! EEk! That's so crazy for me to believe. But it also means that we are only 2 short weeks away from the Cleveland Marathon and that I have officially entered taper. This week still was pretty high in mileage but with less speed work and easier runs thrown in. Next week will definitely bring some lower mileage. I also hit a new plank PR of 14 minutes. This week also wrapped up the month of April for me with 163.2 miles and 4 hours, 19 minutes, and 30 seconds of planking.
Monday - 7 Miles
Monday was a stressful day for me so I ran on feel and wanted to burn off that stress. I knew that meant logging a few more miles so I ended up doing 7 miles at 8:25/mile. I also hit plank streak day 80 for 10 total minutes.
Tuesday - Speed
On Tuesday I wanted to work in speed and hills. I set off with a 1 mile "warm up" around an 8 minute mile. I kicked up the next 4 miles, holding beteen a 7:40 and a 7:50, and throwing in several long gradual hills (i.e. what I will face near the end of Cleveland) at mile 4-4.75 and again at the end. Mile 5.5-6.2 I slowed back to near an 8 minute mile. ^.2 miles total at 7:50/mile. Plank streak day 81 was 8 minutes.
I wanted to run on comfort on Wednesday, so I just kinda set out to explore some new routes. It was nice and sunny but pretty chilly with serious headwinds for the second half of my run. I ended up finding the 30km mark for the Cleveland Marathon which was exciting and also stressful because it reminded me how close we are. I ended up with 6.2 miles at 8:21/mile and plank streak day 82 was 11 minutes total.
Thursday - Easy Miles
I made myself stay on the treadmill again on Thursday so that I would have to run slower and not overdo anything. I did 6.2 at 8:44/mile with a negative split, kicking it up a little at the end. Plank streak day 83 was 6 minutes.
Friday - Rest Day and Plank PR
Took my weekly rest day on Friday and while doing plank streak day 84, once I hit 10 minutes I decided to try for a new PR. I ended up getting a new one of 14 minutes. I also need to start using my yoga mat more because my elbows have started bleeding from planking on carpet.
Saturday - 16 Mile Long Run
For my long run, my running partner and I started early and logged 7 miles before meeting the club at about 8:20/mile. Once we met up with the club we did about 4.5 with the club at about 8:45/mile, before they turned off. We then wrapped up the last 4.5 miles at about 8:55/mile, with the last mile at closer to an 8:15 and my finishing kick was 7:45/mile. This run brough great conversation with my running partner and the club. It also sounds like I have officially convinced him and others that I am capable of my goal time in Cleveland.
So that was how the last week of really hard training wrapped up! 41.6 miles at 8:31/mile and 1 hour and 3 minutes of planking. Bring on the taper!!