Somehow, after the long holiday weekend of sleeping in and relaxing, my brain is functioning even less well than it did on Friday. I don’t know how that’s possible.
Anyway, I am so glad that this is the peak week of marathon training – because that means tapering starts next week. Don’t get me wrong – I love running. I wouldn’t be training for a marathon if I didn’t. But I’m discovering that I don’t love running this much. I’m definitely more of a half marathon gal.
These past 3 weeks, I’ve had a really hard time feeling motivated to get my runs in. I’ve resorted to giving myself little pep talks, “Don’t give up now. You only have x weeks left until taper. You can do this for x more weeks. You’re almost there.”
And I am almost there. One week left. 3 days. 3 runs. I can do this.
It’s at times like this when I need to read and listen to things that pump me up for running. This Nike ad is one thing that does it for me:
You pretended the snooze button didn’t exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes you had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double-knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 26.2 miles. Some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort. On weekends. On holidays. You made excuses to keep going. Questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmer’s tan. You hit the wall. You went through it. You decided to be man about it. You decided to be woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your interval odometer. For 25 years, you ran. And we ran with you. How much farther will we go? As far as you will.
A few others:
If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Ok! Now that we’re pumped up to RUN, here was my training last week:
Monday: 4.1 mile easy run, untimed (FELT GREAT!)
Tuesday: 8.61 mile tempo run (1:39:18; 11:31/mile)
HOT run. Ran first 6 miles at or faster than GMP (11:18 average). Last 2.5 miles were easy pace (12:03 average). Walked .5 mile to cool down.
Friday: 5.23 mile run w/4 x 800 easy (56:52; 10:52/mile)
I ran these 800s like fartleks – at a faster pace but not fast enough to require recovery. 800 times were 5:28, 5:44, 5:13, and 4:55. Not too shabby.
Saturday: 9.58 mile Long Run Part 1 (1:53:18; 11:49/mile)
Sunday: 4.59 mile Long Run Part 2 (55:42; 12:08/mile)
Total Running Miles = 32.11
Yesterday, I went swimming at the outdoor pool near our house. It was awesome. I love swimming outside! (Never mind it was my first time swimming since…???) Since my run Sunday morning had pretty much sucked, I took yesterday off from running and Travis and I went on a little hike near Roxborough. We were going to go to the state park down there but they don’t allow dogs. Apparently, they’ve had 10 mountain lion sightings in the past week or 2. After hearing that, I’m not sure I ever want to go hiking there. Yikes.
After that, we went to a park and played frisbee and sand volleyball with some friends. It was a good weekend overall!
Here’s my plan this week:
Tuesday: 5 miles (pm)
Thursday: 10 miles (am)
Friday: Rest (my parents are coming to visit!)
Saturday: 20 miles