Another Sunday, another week of Cleveland Marathon training knocked out! This week involved a lot of miles and a lot of hard runs, and yet, the legs feel good and my body reacted well to all of it! Also a new plank pr for me this week - 9 Minutes! Never could I have ever imagined I could plank for 9 minutes straight.
Monday - Mile Repeats
So I've never done mile repeats before, but I had good advice from my running partner on how to handle them. I set out for 5 total miles with three mile repeats in the middle. My goal was to do at least 7:15 for each mile, but apparently my legs were up for a challenge because I did them a lot faster. Mile 1 - 8:23, Mile 2 - 6:58, Mile 3 - 6:43, Mile 4 - 6:50, Mile 5 - 8:21. 7:27 average for the full thing. Definitely didn't enjoy mile repeats, but they did make me feel really proud of myself when I was done. Plank streak day 37 was 4 minutes.
Tuesday - Recovery Run
Took this run easier to recover my legs with 6.2 miles at 8:24/mile. Followed it up with plank streak day 38 for 5 minutes.
Wednesday - Let's call it a "resistance" workout
This run was supposed to be a tempo run, but I changed my plans when I set out for the run and realized that the winds were up to about 35 mph. There was probably 1 mile of this run where I wasn't facing a headwind, and it was a consecutive mile. I ended up trying to run hard for the whole time. It ended up being a solid workout of 6 miles at 8:11/mile. Plank streak day 39 - 5 minutes.
Thursday - Recovery run
Set out on St. Paddy's day for a nice and easy recovery run. My legs were pretty heavy from the day before, and the wind was still pretty strong. I got in 5 easy miles at 8:43/mile. Plank streak day 40 was 5 minutes.
Friday - Rest Day
As usual, Friday was a nice day off and full of hydration and carbing up for my 18 miler. I did do one workout though, Plank streak day 41 was a PR of 9 minutes!
Saturday - 18 Mile Long Run
Saturday brought my 18 miler. I was aiming for around 9 minute miles or a little under based on my goal marathon pace. My running partner, his friend, and I decided to do 2 loops to break up the run. We did a first loop out 6.5 and back 6.5 and then a second loop out 2.5 and back 2.5. For the first 6.5 we held around 9:10 average. On the 6.5 back we were right around 9 minute miles. Once I got back to the car I was having an issue with my new shoes and I switched to my old pair. On the 2.5 out we kicked it up a little to about 8:50/mile average. On the way back I was ready to test my legs for the last 2.5 so I left my running partner with his friend and made myself work for the last bit. For miles 15.5 to 17, I held 8:20 and then for mile 18 I kicked it up to 8:15. The whole run came in at 8:51 average and it felt great.
After the run I celebrated by making myself a homemade gluten free pizza with probably the best crust I have ever had (meaning it tasted normal!). I also got in plank streak day 42 and did 11 minutes total (two 4 minute planks, one 2 minute plank, and one 1 minute plank).
This week wrapped up perfectly and I'm thrilled with how my body reacted to the increase in mileage. 40.2 miles at 8:29 average. 45 Minutes of planking. Bring on next week which will involve out of state runs (spring break ;)) and the first 20 miler of the cycle!!