**Edit to add** I noticed a lot of you commented on the efficiency of Will wearing a “man purse”. My caption seems to be a bit misleading. It is in fact not a man purse, but rather the strap of his sling from his shoulder surgery. So while I would love for Will to carry all my thangs for me, he is in fact only carrying his right arm.
One thing is for certain, when I was taking time off from blogging, I was 100% still running. Although I had a few meh runs here and there, the low temps, lower humidity, and all around glorious-ness that is fall running weather has definitely helped me push through some tough runs.
My milage has been hovering between 55 and 63 miles per week these last few weeks. Needless to say, my legs are fatigued. I’m a strong believer in getting comfortable running on tired legs, so to me, this is a good sign.
This upcoming week is a cutback for me in a big way. I will probably max out at 45 miles and finish the week with an extra rest day and a half marathon tune-up. I like to sprinkle (typing that word just made me think of ice cream) some halfs into my training about 5 and 3 weeks out from race day. Helps me to figure out fueling, and gets me used to turning my legs over for an extended period of time.
But let’s look back at last weeks week of workouts: 9/14 – 9/20
Monday: short AM treadmill run. 5.02 miles, 7’47” pace. Descending mile workout, done early before a doctors appointment.
Tuesday: AM run – 8.01 miles, 7’57” pace. Easy run enjoying the cooler weather outside – planned on going to run club in the evening but was totally spent by the end of the work day. So I laid on my couch eating instead. I think it was a good choice 🙂
Wednesday: 8.2 miles, 7’45” pace. Felt good, decided to push it for a bit of a tempo run. Again, started as an easy run (the first mile of my “usual” loop is +152 ft elevation) so I descended from 8’45” mile to last mile at 7’11”.
Thursday: AM run, 7.2 miles, 8’18” pace. Legs are starting to feel a bit fatigued and heavy on my run. Decided to keep the pace easy and just run for an hour.
Friday: early long run. 20.2 miles, 8’01” pace. Not the best run. Between stomach problems and having a tough time getting mentally prepared for the run, I’m okay with how it went. Honestly, I’m happy I gutted it out and finished. My legs finally loosened up around mile 17… no lie, and I started to feel good. This was my second of three 20+ milers for this training cycle. I usually have a few good 20’s and then one that just totally stinks and makes me wonder why in the world I love to run marathons and how the hell I’m going to finish. This was that run. Sufficient to say I’m excited to have another two weeks before my third and final long run!
Saturday: 60 Soul Survivor spin class. Ryan F. You killed it.
Sunday: 7.6 easy AM miles, 8’16” pace. Again, just looking to flush out my legs.
Total: 56.3 miles, average pace of 8’01”.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how the week went. I would have liked to run a bit longer on Monday and Tuesday, but my body really needed some rest. I definitely attribute some of my struggle on my long run to not taking a rest day the day before, but again, I like training on tired legs.
What I’m not happy about – losing my belly button ring on a run. Like how did that happen? 14+ years strong. In accordance with my friends, maybe it was time for it to go. But either way, I’m not used to seeing my belly button like this…
This week, I’m looking forward to front loading my miles this week, a total rest day on Friday, and my tune-up “race” on Saturday. It’s a bit of a drive which makes for an early morning, but the course is breathtaking and it’s tough – mentally (it’s pretty isolated, no crowd support… anywhere) and physically (super, duper hills).
When’s your next race?
Do you like running halfs as tune-ups for a marathon?
What’s your favorite distance to race?