Wineglass Marathon Training: Week 8

29 Jul

Another week is in the books, and it was my highest mileage week ever!  I know 46 miles is small potatoes to a lot of you, but even a year ago, I couldn’t have imagined running this many miles weekly.  I’m so grateful to be doing it and still be in one piece.

If you don't want to read my rambling, here's an easy to digest screen shot.

If you don’t want to read my rambling, here’s an easy to digest screen shot.

Here’s how it went down:

Monday 7/22:  35 minutes easy, 4.22 miles.  Nothing to see here.

Tuesday 7/23:  60-90-30s at the track.  8.33 miles total.

The workout was 6 sets of 60 second/90 second/30 second intervals, with 90 seconds rest.  I am typically horrible at short interval workouts, but I was trying to hang with a girl who is about the same speed as me and really didn’t want to get beat.  We pushed each other through the workout and I was pretty pleased with the effort.  My hamstrings were hurting after which makes me a bit nervous … my injury issues last year started with tight/sore hamstrings.

Wednesday 7/24: 47 minutes easy, 4.86 miles.

This was supposed to be an hour shakeout to get blood flowing to the hamstrings, but I cut it a little short.  I couldn’t ever really shake myself loose and I decided to not push it too much.

Thursday 7/25:  Unplanned rest day.  Hamstrings sore just walking around.  Cue panic attack.  Fervent searching of the internet for the best compression shorts.  Ordered a pair of 110% Play Harder Transformer Shorts.  Hope they will work miracles.  Trust in Lauren Fleshman above all other.

Friday 7/26:  60 minutes very easy, 5.86 miles.

Very very easy on trails.  The rest day seemed to help the hamstrings a bit.  My compression shorts were waiting for me when I got home, so I spent the rest of the day icing and compressing like a champ.

Saturday 7/27:  2h35m long run, about 16.5 miles.

Happy to have survived this run and officially declare my new shorts to be miracle workers.  Pushed the pace a bit too much (feeling overconfident, I guess?) and paid for it at the end.  Got home and climbed back into compression gear because I’m sassy.

Sunday 7/28:  60 minutes easy, 6.43 miles.

Rainy and meditative miles.  Hamstrings finally feeling more normal – I can still feel a twinge in the right one, but I’m no longer on high injury alert.

Total:  Just over 46 miles for the week!

Which called for some recovery beer and awkward selfies that were a direct result of said beer.

Compression shorts, compression sleeves, and Southern Tier Hop Sun.  Perfection!

Compression shorts, compression sleeves, and Southern Tier Hop Sun. Perfection!

After a few beers, I become willing to double thumbs up my laptop.  I need friends.

After a few beers, I become willing to double thumbs up my laptop. I need friends.

The further I get into training, the more enthusiastic I become.  This is almost a complete 180 from previous training cycles and I’ve done a lot of thinking about what is different this time … and while I’m not quite ready to share those thoughts yet, I do hope that everyone else out there training for things (marathons … 5ks … triathlons … life ….) is having as much fun and is as excited about working towards their goals as I feel.



4 Responses to “Wineglass Marathon Training: Week 8”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ July 30, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    I’m so excited your training is going so smoothly. You are going to PR wineglass, I have no doubts in that. I was thinking yesterday that I really hope VA Beach doesn’t turn into a windfest race again for you LOL. Though at least it would be a heatbox and not “winter wind”.

  2. Laura @losingrace July 30, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    AWESOME week, 46 miles is NOT small potatoes, it’s like a giant baked potato(loaded with cheese and yumminess).

    You are going to rock Wineglass, and I really can’t wait for our long run in a few weeks so we can talk about EVERYTHING- like running, wineglass, beer, and the amazing shenanagins that are going to happen over Labor day when we are in VB.

  3. graprunner August 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I’m a soon-to-be-Wineglass runner, too! Good luck in the rest of your training. 🙂

    • upstaterunner September 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      Yay! I hope your training is going well too!

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