Before everyone decided they are coaching and teaching Marathons 101, please keep in mind that I know some of my practices aren't going to be well-received, like running doubles or splitting up certain higher mileage days or back to back "longish" runs. Well, guess what! That's the beauty of being self-coached! I've done 35 marathons, and I'm pretty sure I know how to NOT kill myself. LOL. I want to ENJOY marathon training my way, while setting a reasonable goal for myself. Here is a look at the past 10 days.
M: 8 mile progression run from easy (E) pace (8:34) down to goal marathon pace (GMP) (7:24)
T: 6 a.m. E, 6 p.m. w/ stroller
W: 9 w 4 at Tempo (T). T miles were 6:58, 6:58, 6:59, 6:53.
T: 5 w/ stroller
F: 4 w/ stroller
S: 15 miles at 8:28 pace
S: 10 w/ stroller
M: 5 E
T: 5 E am., 5 p.m. w/ stroller
W: 15 miles (7:55 ave) w/ 8 at GMP. GMP miles were 7:21, 7:23, 7:23, 7:24, 7:28, 7:26, 7:27, 7:16
Positives about the past 10 days- My workouts were outside, not on the treadmill. In case no one knew, it basically feels like an African jungle here. HOT & HUMID. Accomplishing these workouts despite the weather feels like something. Squishy has turned into a super good "rider." I had to wake her up early two days to go run, and she was a real champ!
Negatives about the past 10 days- My legs are not recovering like I want them to. I'm fine; it's just they feel heavy. I know that's a part of marathon training, but I didn't expect it so soon. (Only 4 days between long runs is not ideal; I know that. My husband has a fishing tournament this weekend, and I didn't want to have to do my whole LR on the treadmill. And Wednesday is the only day that I don't run with the high school kids.) My stroller is leading to the right. I'm going to try to realign it tonight, but it's aggravating when you are doing double digit runs. I also have a callous on my hand from the stroller. However, that's kind of badass. LOL.
Truth: I probably would've quit early on my tempo and GMP runs if I hadn't been running them with Sam & Lizzie. They definitely felt hard. Sometimes it makes me sad to look at the data of where I am now compared to where I used to be. However, I wouldn't trade this place in my life for anything.
How is everyone's training going? Everyone powering through the heat?
Run Happy, friends!