Okay so I started this post over a month ago, and obviously didn’t finish it until now. I guess this correlates with how much motivation I had by the time I got to the end of training….Good thing I use training peaks and now recently strava to keep track of my workouts so I could finish this post.
Okay it’s time to get serious….4 weeks out from race day. NO.MORE.EXCUSES. Week 13 started out with an awesome hot yoga session on Monday. There are just some yoga days when everything connects: the body, the music, the mind. That was one of those days. Tuesday was a 4M easy run w/ Kona instead of my usual computrainer class because I wanted to make sure that my legs would be ready for my 20 miler over the weekend. Wednesday was a rest day. Thursday was a kettle bell workout at home. My new kettle bells came in the mail and I wanted to test them out. Besides I got home from work late and didn’t want to run in the cold. Friday and Saturday were both rest days….I haven’t a clue as to why. Sunday morning I woke up ready to get my 20 miler in. My first attempt the week prior was a bust when I peed myself on the Monon, so this time it was going to happen. I knew it was supposed to snow, and I thought hey, just have fun with it, it’s just a little snow. I’ll take it slow…..but there was 10 inches of snow on the ground. I thought to myself no big deal. Just do it. Bryan went outside to check it out and he said the only person on the monon was a cross country skier. I had to see it to believe it. So I went outside and the snow was definitely up my leg and the only tracks were ski tracks. Well damn. I mentally was prepared to run 20 miles in a few inches, but not 10. So to the gym it was. I knew 20 was not going to happen on the treadmill, so I thought well maybe I could run a 10 mile tempo. Bryan got on the treadmill next to me and after I ran only a quarter mile, I just couldn’t do it. I looked at Bryan holding back tears and said I’m getting in the pool. So instead I swam 2500yds. It was like it was therapy for my 2 failed attempts at 20 miles. Ughhh what is wrong with me?!?!!?!? Ironically, when we arrived home from the gym the monon was completely plowed. It’s like it was laughing at me for all those times that I would procrastinate and do my long runs in the afternoon and the one week I try to get it out of the way earlier in the day it’s covered in snow and then is cleared by my usual run time when I’ve already worked out at the gym. Week 13 Total Mileage: 4.2 miles + 1 hot yoga session + 1 kettle bell/strength session + 1 swim session.
Week 14….let’s try this again. Monday started off with hot yoga and Tuesday and Wednesday were rest days….again I don’t remember why, it was too long ago. Thursday was a 4 mile progression run that I ran at the Fitness Lab because when I got to LA Fitness, every treadmill was taken and there was a long line. Efff that. So I left and met Bryan at his computrainer class and ran there. Friday and Saturday were rest days….again I don’t remember why. I’m sure at the time my reasons were logical but I guess I had mentally given up on training even though I was afraid to admit it. Sunday was my third attempt at my 20 miler and I finally did it! I was a little worried that it would be too close to my marathon but I really needed to get this run in to ensure that I had the distance down and to give myself a confidence booster. I did an out and back on the Monon – I ran from my house in SoBro/Meridian Kessler to Bubs Burgers in Carmel and back. And let me tell you how good those burgers smelled at mile 10. Every part of me wanted to just go inside and get a burger and milkshake. But I stayed strong and ran back home. Sigh. But it actually ended up being my best 20 mile training run of all my 20 milers – 9:24 pace. I was definitely struggling towards the end due to my lack of consistent training but pushed through it. Week 14 Total Mileage: 24 miles + 1 hot yoga session.
Week 15 and finally time to taper even though I felt like I was on a taper the past 4 weeks already. Monday was hot yoga and Tuesday was a rest day. Wednesday it finally felt like spring so I went out for a 6M tempo run: 1 mile w/u, 4 miles at 8:18, and 1 mile c/d. I felt good. And I felt fast. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were both rest days. Sunday was a 10 mile easy run with Kona. It was absolutely gorgeous outside. Mid 60’s and sunny! The monon was hopping. I was a little nervous of how Kona would do with so many people, but it was actually the best run she’s ever been on. She didn’t pull too much and didn’t get too curious about the other dogs. I was so proud of her. She was a champ. And shout out to Athletic Annex for having a water station on the monon for humans and dogs! It was our best run together and we averaged a 9:28 pace. Later that evening I did a mini strength training session on our back deck with the kettle bells while Bryan grilled out. Week 15 Total Mileage: 16 miles + 1 hot yoga session + 1 strength session.
Week 16 was the final countdown. Finally! Monday was two miles at race pace – 8:41. I kinda felt like I was working really hard for only 2 miles. This should have felt easy. Hmmm. This got me a little worried. My training wasn’t where it needed to be for this pace. Tuesday was a hot yoga session. Wednesday was a rest day since we had to pack for VA Beach and take the animals to their doggy hotels. Thursday we had a 6:00am flight but then ended up getting delayed for three hours in NYC. So by the time we finally got to VA Beach we were exhausted and had dinner and drinks with our friends. Friday we went to the expo first thing in the morning. It got me pumped up again for my marathon. I guess I never really felt like I was running a marathon because my training was so off. But it just got real. After the expo I ran three miles at race pace on the boardwalk to get a feel for the wind. The three miles felt good, but I could definitely tell I was working harder than what I should have been for the pace I was running. Saturday was a rest day. I was supposed to run 2 easy miles, but for some reason all the extra sleep I was getting was actually making me more tired. So I skipped the run and had an early dinner and went to bed early after stretching and foam rolling. Sunday = race day! Week 16 Total Mileage: 5 miles + Shamrock Marathon!
Going into the race I had a lot of questions for myself. Was my training too inconsistent for my aggressive pace? Should I turn down my pace a notch? Would the wind slow me down? Would the wind become too much for my pace? Should I slow my pace down for the wind? So many questions. Read my race recap to see the answers to these questions and check out my race performance…..