Marathon Training – Week 7

I can’t believe it’s already been seven weeks.  I guess time flies when you are running ALL THE TIME.  This week wasn’t a mileage increase, which I wasn’t mad about and I feel much better at the end of this week as compared to last week.   I think my body is starting to adjust to the level of activity.

Monday:  Speed workout at the track.  So, last week I felt that I could have done better on speed work. Not that I didn’t mean to push myself last week, but I’m still figuring what my different exertion levels are when it comes to speed.   I pushed myself harder this week for the 8 x 600 workout and I definitely felt the difference.  Like, I wanted to vomit a few times during laps.  But my paces were on point and even though not every lap was the target time, I definitely felt SPENT when I ran my last speed lap.   I know I worked harder than last week.

IMG_8536Tuesday:  The day of rest.  If I could slow down time, it would be this day.

Wednesday:  Five mile tempo run.  Just for grins, I did this one on the track this week.  I live in an area of Arlington that literally on the top of a summit.  I’ve got a ton of hills on any route I run from my home and I just wanted a flat run.  But, since this was all flat, I ran faster than my target pace.  I’m suppose to do a 9:50 tempo run – this week was 9:30.  I also ran each mile a little faster than the one before.  I didn’t actually mean to do that.

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Thursday:  Easy four miles on the schedule.  I did 4.1 at a nice easy pace (10:56.)

Friday:  Easy 6 miles – I did 6.4 miles at 10:39.

Saturday:  This was supposed to be a 10 mile long run – but we’re in a heat wave. My target pace was 10:29 – 10:36.  I ran with the running group and I knew it was going to be tough in the heat.  The first half of the run was good in terms of pace.  But, the second half was AWFUL.  I really wanted to uber it home.  Had it not been for the company, I probably would have thrown in the towel at about mile 6.   I had to walk some towards the end due to cramping (mostly.) Ended up doing 9.4 miles and my overall pace was 10:46.  Not great, but since it’s HOT AS HELL, I’m going to give myself a break.

One thing I did right today was my post-run refueling.  I’m really bad about eating after a run.  You’re supposed to eat within a half hour and it should be a certain ratio of carbs and protein.  By the time I get home, do the ice bath, walk the dog, etc. it’s been well over an hour before I eat and I definitely have a more protein heavy meal.  So, this week, I made banana bread (paleo) and added whey powder to up the protein.  I had that and watermelon water as soon as I got home.  Let me tell you, I could actually feel my body start to feel better as I was consuming this.  I’m so all about recovery meals now, though.


Sunday:  On Sundays, I sleep in.  I get up early every damn day (between 4 – 5) and Sunday is a shorter run that I can deal with on the treadmill.  A little over four miles and I’m done for the week.

Total miles this week was 38.  Feeling pretty good






Running for Medals. And Bacon.

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