Marathon Monday: The Miles to Boston Pt. 6
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7 Mondays Until Boston!
Another week of training in the books. This week did not feel particularly good, but I hit most weekly mileage for this training block, made it into 2 strength classes with Petra, and had a solid 20-miler. So while things did not feel great (low energy, throbbing legs, tender toenails), hard things still got done. This past week felt like an important week of pushing through and getting some solid work in. I know there are really only a few solid more weeks left of really hard training before the taper will begin. I want to take full advantage of this time to push myself and run hard and long.
Even as I type up this recap, I can tell my enthusiasm and motivation to do so is a bit lower than it was last week. Last week, I just wrapped up a great week of training where I felt amazing. This week is a different story. My toenails feel like they are going to fall off. My head feels foggy and tired. The fatigue is really beginning to set in. With that said, I am going to keep this short and sweet so I can maybe lay down for a few minutes before Hudson wakes up!
- 8 miles on the strand with jogger
- 7 solo park loop miles
- 10 miles with a workout (3 miles of slightly faster than goal race pace, 6:15ish + 4 x 1 K, these were supposed to be 5:40ish pace, but I was dying and did not hit pace)
- 8 miles on the strand with jogger
- 6 solo park loop miles
- 20 miles! Solo. Headphones made it a bit less lonely. This one hurt, but after the fact, I was pleased when I saw overall stats for the run. More on this at the end!
The only part I want to expand on is that Wednesday workout. I am the type of person that hates changing a workout. I am pretty determined to hit all my splits and finish a workout in its entirety. This was not the case for that Wednesday. It was supposed to be 5 Ks, but I texted Lance after 3 and asked him what I should do since I was dying. I was already way off pace and felt empty. I ended up doing one more and calling it a day after 4. This is so not me to cut it short, but I also know my body really well and on that day, my body was done. There was nothing left. After recovering for a couple miles on the way home, I tried doing some pick-up 100 meters to make for the shortened workout, but even that felt hard.
Besides the fact that my body is still adjusting to more mileage, it was also super hot out (hello, February in Southern California) and I am not very good at changing pace. The 3 mile tempo part felt totally fine. It was right when I started the thousands that my legs felt like bricks. I need to work on getting better at changing gears.
What I am Listening To
I listened to a lot of different interviews this past week. There were a lot of solo miles with headphones. Of everything I listened to there was only one episode that really stuck with me and inspired me. It was an interview with Veronica Jackson and Alex Bernardi on the Ali on the Run Show. They both ran at the trials! They are two friends that pushed each other to believe in this shared goal of qualifying amidst full-time jobs and families. I love their story. I love their dedication to dream big together. This episode was a treat to listen to and it made me really want to find a group like the women that run at 5:45 in Central Park. Maybe, we just need to move to New York.
How I am Fueling
Really it is all the same. The only thing I need to add is Trader Joe’s cold brew latte dessert bars made the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up as my energy was really dragging in this hot week of training.
Also, salt sticks, which I mentioned last week, has been a real game changer for me on my long runs.
- Sunday Nap
- Stretching at parks, while Hudson plays
- Bowling? After our 20 miler, we bowled with Grandma Jo! It was a good reminder why I run and I don’t bowl.
- Clearly, not a whole lot of recovery being done. I really need to commit to rolling before bed.
- 2 strength classes with Petra. This will probably be my last week of these classes, since my membership just ended. I am likely not going to renew it. I am going to have to figure out a way to supplement these classes in the weeks of training ahead. This will probably involve some creativity and planks in our living room.
What I Keep Telling Myself
You will eventually feel good.
This was not my week. Things are hurting. The workout nearly killed me. However, I still have confidence that fitness will come together in the remaining weeks and I will eventually wake up actually feeling good! The time will come.
Also, telling myself that the whole Boston experience is going to be so much fun. It is beginning to feel closer and both Lance and I are getting more excited. We both will have family coming to watch, which is super special and just last week, we all got tickets to a Red Sox game. Maybe not the best pre-race activity for a pro, but hey, that is not us, so anything goes, really.
High + Low
- Hudson has finally gotten used to being back in the jogger and he has been an angel on our 8 milers. My pace has been real SLOW on these jogger runs, so he has been extra patient to hang out in jogger for a bit over an hour.
- 20 miles! It did not feel perfect, but 20 miles is 20 miles. It always feels like an accomplishment to get these 20 miler training runs in.
- So tired!
- The workout
The Long Run
This long run was a bit different from the typical one. Since family friends were watching Hudson, we decided to save a bit of time and run from their place in Hermosa Beach and just go out 10 miles and back 10 miles. From Hermosa, we both made it pretty far into Palos Verdes.
The run itself was a good mixture of flat, road surfaces and hilly trails. It was a bit lonely, since we both did the run solo, but I think it built some good mental toughness.
The last few miles were definitely a bit painful. My hips felt like they were on fire. I pushed through and even got some faster mile splits in as I was on a flat surface. While, I chose to not do an intentional workout, I did focus on staying as controlled as possible and getting faster in the last half.
Here are the stats:
- 2 hours 31 minutes
- 20 miles
- 7:34 minutes/mile average.
- Fastest mile was the 19th mile at 6:36.
Okay, I am exhausted. This is all I got for this week. Hopefully next week I can report with a bit more energy and enthusiasm!