Since we last caught up, I feel things are finally turning around. I’ve been putting in the work and listening to my body. Week 11 was a much needed cutback week and week 12 included the longest run I’ve completed in two years!
By the time I reached this cutback week, I needed a huge mental break. I let go of stressing about my training and decided to stay focused on the fact that I’m not missing workouts and I’m not injured.
Cutback week workouts:
Monday: Elliptical 45 minutes & Pure Barre
Tuesday: Easy 4 miles
Friday: Shake out run 2.5 miles (wasn’t feeling great, so cut the run short)
Saturday: 10 miles at MGP
I wasn’t sure exactly what would happen during this run. I didn’t exactly nail race pace, but was happy with the pace. It was the fastest ten mile run I’ve ran this year. I also practiced my race day fueling to see how well it would work while running at this effort versus at an easy effort
This past week was a normal training week. My legs felt more tired than the the ten mile run than I anticipated, but overall I felt pretty good physically and felt great mentally.
Weekly Mileage Total = 16
During week 12 it was time to finally cross of that eighteen-miler from my to-do list. The last one was a bit of a fail because of the heat, so I made sure to set myself up for success and not let a last minute schedule change derail me from having a good long run.
Monday: Elliptical 45 minutes
Tuesday: Tempo (2 easy, 3 tempo, 2 easy) = 7 miles
A pretty standard tempo run. I needed to get in some miles that were faster than marathon goal pace. I started out not feeling great, but decided to push those thoughts to the side and just go for it. It can be hard to forget that I don’t have to feel great during every workout. I just have to do the work.
Wednesday: Easy Run + Strength 3 miles
I’ve been slacking a bit on strength training, so I cut this run short by two miles so I’d have time to workout after my run. I’m glad I made this decision instead of being greedy with mileage.
Friday: Easy Run + Strength + Normatec Boots = 4 miles
I was originally suppose to do my long run here, but my plans changed last minute. Since I was already up and ready to run, I took advantage of it and headed to the East River to catch the sunrise.
I really should have foam rolled more on this day!
Sunday: 18 miles (10 at the Bronx 10 Mile Race)
The weather finally cooled off! I ran 5 miles before the Bronx 10 mile race and 3 miles after the race. It was good to run somewhere different for a change and practice running in control while in a race setting. I had a little too much time in-between running before the race and when the actual race started, but other than that this was a confidence boosting run.
Weekly mileage total: 32
The next several weeks of training are going to be big. I just need to stay the course and make sure I don’t sprain my ankle between now and race day. Considering I tripped and fell on my face while walking down the street today (no, I was not on my phone) this won’t be an easy task.