That’s A Wrap

28 Aug

aka marathon training, week of 08/18

Thank the running gods, thank your mom, thank baby Jesus, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise – this week was SO much better than the last.  This was the last legit week of training before taper and for my own sanity’s sake, I really needed it to go well.

Here’s how it shook out:

Monday: rest
Tuesday: Speed work at the track.  3x (4min/6min hard w/2min rest).  I was hoping to just be under 7min pace for each interval; ended up averaging 6:40 for the 4 minute intervals and 6:48 for the 6 minute intervals.  Felt great and no hamstring pain.  Win.
Wednesday: 50 minute easy run; 5.4 miles
Thursday: 50 minute easy run; 5.4 miles
Friday: 50 minute easy run; 5.4 miles
Saturday: long run, 20 miles
Sunday: 60 minute easy run; 6.4 miles

Total: 50.6 miles

I felt a bit sluggish during the week and got myself pretty worked up about the long run.  I knew I needed to finish it feeling strong so I tried to set myself up for success with feeling good being the only goal.  The Green Lakes Endurance Runs (50km and 100km) were taking place on Saturday, and luckily, some of my running friends were up for a long run on the trails while cheering on some of our mutual friends and the other racers.  Due to run-cheering, the pace was slow and steady and man, did my legs really appreciate that.  Before I knew it, we were 2h:45m into the run and I was still feeling really fresh.  I was dead set on getting to 20 miles given the not-so-great long run the previous week, so I decided set off for the last 30 minutes on my own and was able to comfortably drop the pace to around 8:30.  Finished up the long run by enjoying a beer in the pouring rain with my friends while continuing to cheer for the ultrarunners.  All you could hope for.

So there it is.  Bring on the taper!

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5 Responses to “That’s A Wrap”

  1. Laura @losingrace August 28, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Yes yes and YES. You are sooooo ready.

  2. outside time (@itsoutsidetime) August 28, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    Holy crap I am excited for you!!!

  3. Hollie August 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    You have got this.

  4. runfastorfaster September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    I’m so excited for you to kick some serious ass. I’m ready for your taper to be over. I’m also vicariously living through you this marathon so you’ve got a lot riding on your shoulders here…

    Kidding — I know you’ll rock it, you sound so ready!

  5. Kristy September 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Always a great feeling to finish that last 20 miler, and feel healthy! Enjoy the taper.

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