Saturday, April 29, 2017

Delaware Marathon Week 18

First week of taper!

M: 5.2 on treadmill
T: 5.3 on treadmill with some speed mixed in
W: 4.5 on treadmill until the smoke detector went off. Terrible.
T: HIIT
F: 5.3 with a random break in the middle to go outside and talk to a realtor
Sa: 14.5, 6 were with Nick! I wanted to do 16 but it was HOT, humid, and I had places to be. Totally fine cutting it short.
Su: off

Summary: 34ish which is right on target for 80% of peak mileage.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Delaware marathon week 17

M: 5.1 on treadmill
T: 6.3 outside
W: 6.4 on treadmill
T: little bit of HIIT, little bit of strength
F: 4.4 on treadmill. I really wanted to nap but I fought the urge
Sa: off
Su: 21.1 miles on the trail. I ran most of this with Tiffany which was awesome! Nick also joined for a bit. Successful all around.

Summary: 43.3 for peak week. Yay. So happy to taper (check back in 3 weeks to see how much I'm hating taper...)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Delaware marathon week 16

M: 5.1 outside
T: 6.5 inside
W: 5.5 outside.. ridiculously hard for some reason
T: off
F: 6.6 on treadmill. Felt much better after a rest day
Sa: off
Su: 21 outside.... Ugh.

Summary: 44ish. Weird hard week. I think k the whole "cumulative fatigue" part of marathon training is catching up with me. Sunday's long run suuuuuuucked. It was miserable. I started out late and ran on the rail trail. It was full sun about 70% of the time and it was over 70 degrees when I started. Not ideal, especially since I've been running either indoors or outside in very mild weather lately. I didn't want to double back to the car and I was hopeful there was a water fountain on the trail (it's been a while since I ran there). Nope. Instead I started overheating and couldn't keep a gel down. Ran out of water. Walked. Walked more. Saw Nick and D and said hi, stole his Gatorade, walked more. Overall completely miserable run. However, I'm proud I finished it because I had the chance to stop when I ran into Nick, but i kept chugging. Also I know this is a fluke because last week's 20 miler was decent. Next week is the last (very) long run of this cycle and I'm very ready to be done for a while.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Delaware Marathon week 15

M: 6.1 on treadmill
T; 6.2 outside
W: 4.4 on treadmill, 10 min w/u, 3.2 @ 7.6, c/d. Felt hard
T: mild, short HIIT
F: off
Sa: 6.3 including a 21:50 5k! Didn't know I had it in me.
Su: 20.2, 15.5 outside, 4.7 on treadmill because I came home for water and couldn't bear leaving again.

Summary: 43ish.

Let's talk about that 5k. This was a race we've done many times. It's mildly hilly. It has two annoying tight turns. It shouldn't have been that fast, but I ran with my old cross country coach who is fast and he pushed me. It was great!

My legs felt it during my long run. I'm pretty sure I was physically fatigued, not mentally because when I slowed down I was able to keep moving. I got near the house and wanted water.... And never left. I hopped on the treadmill and slogged through the last few miles. I'm proud I finished but it was ugly.

Other excitement? We bought a house! Or rather, we put in an offer and it was accepted. Now for the fun house buying stuff, and readying our place to sell. 5 weeks until the marathon, 6(???) Weeks until we close on the new place!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Delaware Marathon week 14

M: 5.3 treadmill
T: 6.5 outside
W: 4.3 tempoish ( 1 w/u, 3 @ 7.6,  c/d) treadmill
T: mild HIIT
F: 4.6 on treadmill
Sa: 7 miles broken up into 1 mile w/u, 5k in about 23:45 (bleh) then 3 miles with  Tiffany.
Su: off

Summary: this was sort of an unintentional stepback week during the week. Poor naps and appointments made things tricky. I also had planned on a shorter long run on the weekend to get a little break before the final training push. That combined for a really low mileage week- 27 miles. Yikes. I know I've put in a lot of work but that still feels risky. 6 weeks to go!

The 5k that we did was the same as the first race I did following D's birth. It is fun and super close to our house. In contrast to 2 years ago, this time he ran all over, made friends with dogs, stole other kid's toys, and generally had a blast.