Going into the 2nd half of this training cycle, I will be alternating between heavy volume/lower volume weeks. Next week I will be shooting for 50 miles!!! A few months ago that sounded insane. But, last week I finished the week with 47.8 miles, and in one 7 day span I ran 49.8 miles....Suddenly 50 miles seems possible.....
Again I don't want to take anything for granted. I just want to trust the process, put my head down, and do the work.....
Training updates since my last postSaturday 9/26: 5.1 miles at lunchtime. The weather was hot. I ran this at an easy pace 9:20 average pace
Here's my carb loading from Saturday night.
|This was the first burritto. Spanish rice, pinto beans, and home made tortillas.|
The ultimate comfort food!! I didn't use any animal fats so this
meal is vegan.
Sunday 9/27 : 10 mile tempo workout--I had been worried about some hamstring tightness in my left leg earlier in the week... I was also feeling tired from my 18 mile long run from Wed. I decided to split my tempo workout into 2 sets of 3 miles at 10-15 seconds below goal pace. For my goal pace I'm trying to hit 8:00 per mile for the marathon distance.... I was just hoping that my splits would be below 8:30. I ran two miles to warm up and then I got the workout started. After the workout I ran another mile to cool down. Here's the data:
" It looks like, this will be the last day of the year that we will see 100 degree temperatures"....
7 mile run, I ran this at recovery pace. It was a warm morning, and I had the day off from work. I left the kiddos with grandma and I went for a nice relaxed run. I stopped about halfway through to buy a bottle of Gatorade...I almost didn't stop because I had some water left in my handheld. But, man I was so glad that I did stop, Heat stress can sneak up on you so quickly, you will be feeling fine one minute and then the next things can go south. I ended up using the rest of the water in my hand held to dump over my head and face while running, while I sipped on Gatorade.
Here's the data
That night I had some beet, carrot, celery juice for recovery
Tueseday 9/29 Rest
I'm trying to be more creative with the vegan cooking. I made this really great vegetable stew and I served it over brown rice and quinoa.
The sauce was really thick and rich (I used a lot of olive oil)
Wednesday 9/30- 15 miles with a fast finish. I chose this route on purpose.
|I started near Cornerstone Park, and|
I ran a route with two out and back sections.
I felt like running some hills, and since I had done my last two long runs at Sunset Park I wanted a change of scenery as well. I ran a few miles uphill, then a few miles downhill, then uphill, and the last four miles were a nice downhill ride. I wanted to push the pace at the end a little bit. I'm going to post both Garmin and Strava data... Because I love data!!! Well I also want to be transparent in my training.... Stava over estimated my run or Garmin underestimated the run. I have a feeling that Stava may have been off because mile 12 was fast but not that fast.
|View of the elevation for funsies|
It was also a pretty warm morning, I ran the first six miles, and then I stopped briefly by my car to pick up my water. I only ran with one bottle of water, and I was trying to be conservative and nurse that bottle the rest of the run. I brought my energy chews in my wrist pocket, but I was having a heck of a time trying to pull them out of the stupid pocket. This run, felt great.....But again, I don't want to get too confident..
After my run I treated myself to a Diet Coke, Gatorade with Chia Seeds, and a Recovery Smoothie.
Thursday: 4 miles recovery at Cornerstone Park. Today the daytime high was finally 96 degrees!!!
Friday: I ran 2.2 miles easy this morning, and at lunch time I headed out for 4 more miles... I ended up doing some strides at the end of the run. I also did a very short circuit training routine for upper and lower body. These were the exercises that I did:
One armed rows,
Single leg Bulgarian split squats
The second set of exercises:
Step ups onto a bench with a knee lift
Incline Push ups
Regular Push ups
Step ups onto a bench with a back leg raise.
The one thing I have noticed since ramping up my mileage is that I am losing some of my upper body strength. I'm not too worried about it for now. I know that my high mileage is a temporary thing and I hope to get back into the weight room more after marathon training ends.
Well that's all I've got for now. Thanks for reading!