Hi guys! I’m here to recap yet another week of marathon training. This week was another step-back week, but I’m ramping back up the mileage this coming week to peak with my 20-miler next Saturday. Please pray for me.
This week, on the other hand, was relatively easy. The lovely fall weather is making running so much more pleasant (and less sweaty). Unfortunately, my watch died during my 12 mile run on Saturday, so I don’t have my usual “watch picture” for you, and I don’t know what my average pace was. Not really a big deal though, since this 12-miler wasn’t really a challenge in terms of mileage.
Also, the race is now in less than a month and I’m already starting to freak out. October is going to be so crazy.
Here are the first 3 months(!) of training if you want to look back at my progress:
And here’s what this week looked like for workouts:
5 mile run at 9:38 pace
8 mile run at 9:32 pace
5 mile run at 9:28 pace
12 mile run at estimated 9:35 pace (but I really only know the first 7 miles were all under 9:30…then it died )
Favorite Run: My 8-miler on Wednesday & the first half of my long run. Both because the temperature was perfect, around 60 degrees, windy, & not humid. I also ran on the other side of the river for the second time ever, and the path is really quite pretty.
Least Favorite Run: My Friday 5-miler. I woke up Friday morning feeling exhausted, and this definitely impacted my run. It felt much more difficult to run my usual route than normal. I also started to feel really tired for miles 8-12 of my long run for some reason, so it wasn’t quite as pleasant. I’m sad to admit this, but I’m definitely not enjoying running quite as much as I do when I’m more casually running, but I guess that’s to be expected when I’m challenging my body so much.
Fueling: Just dates and water! Nothing more needed since no run was too long. On a related note, I feel like my body has gotten much more efficient at burning fat for fuel during my long runs. I often feel like I don’t need to eat all of the fuel that I bring with me, but I always do as insurance. (I feel better about doing this since I’m fueling with real food, rather than just sugar!)
I’ve been practicing fueling at exactly the times that I plan to during the marathon. I eat a few dates every 2-3 miles starting at mile 5 and then take a few sips of water that coincide with all of the water stops during the marathon. There will also be gatorade at the race, which I’ll probably have a few times throughout the race too.
Entertainment: I once again hopped back on the music train for this week’s run. Music tends to be more motivating and relaxing, and I’ve been feeling like I need more motivation during runs, rather than distraction, which is what podcasts provide. I definitely need to put some new music on my ipod shuffle though…
2 weeks until my half marathon and 4 weeks until the marathon!!!!!!