That's it! Yesterday wrapped up my training for the Cleveland Marathon! Just 3 short taper runs this week and only 7 days till the race. This week was a lot lower in mileage, although it still had some hard workouts and was pretty fast overall. Looking forward to babying my legs this week and taking it easy.
Monday - Mile Repeats
Even though I did mile repeats on Monday, I only did a couple as my last speed work of the training cycle. Four miles total with 2 repeats under 7 minutes/mile. 1 mile warm-up at 8:20/mile, 2x1 mile repeats at 6:45 and 6:50, 1 mile cool down at 8:13. 7:30 average for the whole thing. Followed up with plank streak day 87: one 8 minute plank and one 2 minute plank.
Tuesday - 6 Easy Miles
Okay, so they weren't as easy as they should have been but they weren't too bad either. This was due to the fact that I did the whole thing on the marathon course and that pumped me up. 8:24/mile and I ended my run at the 21 mile marker on the course. Plank streak day 88: one 6 minute and one 4 minute plank.
Wednesday - 4 Miles at Race Pace
I was supposed to do my four mile run at race pace (per the instructions of my running partner) but I ended up a little too fast. 7:48/mile average. The helped boost my mental confidence by reminding me that I'm comfortable at race pace, but can still kick it up if necessary. Plank streak day 89 - two 5 minute planks.
Thursday - 4 Miles at Race Pace
Set out for another 4 at race pace on Thursday which would be a good test of back-to-back race pace days and trying for race pace on tired legs. I was pretty accurate on this one with 4 miles at 7:55/mile. Plank streak day 90 was 5 minutes.
Saturday - 10 Mile Long Run - Negative Split
The goal of the "long" run this week was to take the first half easy and kick it up on the way back. My running partner and I had different plans when we started though, taking the first half faster than expected (most were 8:26-8:30 except the first mile which was closer to 9). We decided to hold to that pace and just notch it up slightly. We ended up coming back at 8:20-8:30 with the last mile right at 8:00. It was a great workout to end the training cycle. Plank streak day 92 was 5 minutes.
So that's a wrap! 28 miles at 8:09 average to round out the week and 1 hour of planking! I will be starting my carb depletion tomorrow and I will be getting all my marathon essentials and pre-race routines together! I have some big goals for the Cleveland Marathon and it's time to put all this hard work and training to the test!