Monday. Marathon training week #2. I had been awake since about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and after trying unsuccessfully to sleep before I went to work Sunday night, I finished my shift Monday morning absolutely exhausted. I try to get my recovery run in before I go home, but because I didn’t have to work Monday night, I decided to run a bit later in the day. At 8:00 p.m. after a loooong nap, I decided it was cool enough to run and hit the road.
I really enjoyed that run! My pace was still faster than recovery run pace but slower than some recovery runs. Yay! There was just something so peaceful about running at that time of night. People walked in the neighborhood. Kids rode their bikes in driveways. The moon was out and the humidity lower. I love the glow of the yard lamps in my neighborhood as dusk settles in.
Tuesday. I woke up early to catch the speed workout at the track at 6 a.m. Just for the record, I HATE speed work. It is so stinkin’ hard. It makes me feel like I’m going to puke or pee in pants or something. It’s just not fun. But I love the results of speed work, so I went to the track. It wasn’t too bad this week. We ran a short ladder of 400 meters, then 600 meters, then 1200 meters, and then back down to 400 meters. As much as I hated it, I felt great when it was over. And sore. Wow. I was feeling that work almost immediately.
Wednesday. Cross train day. I caught a CrossFit class at 5 a.m. and because I ended up doing CrossFit AND cycling 16 miles (!) after the speed workout on Tuesday, I decided I really should take it easy today. I’ve been getting in lots of naps. Sunny, on the other hand, has decided to forgo his naps and keep an eye on things in the backyard.
Thursday. Today I ran hill repeats with a 1.5 mile warm up and another 1.5 mile cool down. I found a hill that I could run up in about 30 seconds, walked back to the bottom to let my heart rate recover a bit, and then ran back up the hill. I did that 6 times. Here’s the hill I ran up. The photo is a bit deceptive, but trust me. That’s a hill!
It was a tough run. My legs were super sore from weighted dumb bell lunges at CrossFit on Wednesday, and it was miserably hot. Today actual temperatures are supposed to reach 100 degrees with a heat index of 105-110. Bleh! I just wasn’t feeling it, and my knee was bothering me a bit. I put an elastic brace on it for good measure, and thankfully, it didn’t bother me at all during the run.
Friday. Rest day. I really wanted to go to CrossFit, but when I realized I hadn’t taken a rest day in over a week, I knew a rest day was in order. It’s hard for me to rest when I love my sports so much!
Saturday. Long slow distance! I love these runs! Today we went just a little over 9 miles. It was a good run, despite being super hot and humid. Seriously, there was not a dry spot on any piece of clothing I had on 5 miles into the run. I don’t think I’ve ever sweated so much. I had to sit on a towel on my way home to protect my cloth car seats, and the towel was soaked by the time I got home!
Today on our run, I tried new nutrition, Accel gel. I’ve trained exclusively with Gu up until now, but I discovered during the marathon, that my stomach could just not handle any more Gu after about 18 miles. I was nervous, afraid of stomach cramping with new nutrition, but I did great with Accel! And it tasted great! I’m anxious to try another flavor.
Overall, I’m pleased with training this week. Here are my goals for next week:
- Continue to work at running recovery runs at recovery pace.
- Get to the track again!
- Try another type of nutrition or at least another flavor of Accel gel.
- Take at least 2 rest days.
Talk to me:
What’s on your agenda for next week?