This week wasn’t my strongest or fastest week but it’s done. More than that, I’m ready for this upcoming step-back week. I did manage to complete a few cross-training workouts (yoga x 2, Megaformer, weights, spin). And by manage, I mean “talk myself into.” Time isn’t really an issue, it’s more my energy/laziness.
Ft. Myers Marathon Training Week 7
Sunday: Yoga at Lululemon! Very basic vinyasa class.
Monday: 4 miles on South Beach + JetSet Pilates (Megaformer class). The run was more at an 8:30 pace but mainly because I started so late and wanted to just get out of the heat ASAP.
Tuesday: 5.5 miles total. I have 5 x 800 but this week said 4 (unless I changed it and don’t remember), so I went with it. I ran this on the treadmill which made pacing VERY easy and my splits were exactly even. It was nice to let a machine do the pacing work for a change.
Wednesday: Taught spin
Thursday: Cut this workout short because my knee was feeling iffy. I had already planned to run negative split tempo so I went with that and ignored the “8:05” pace listed. 1 mi warmup, 4 mile tempo, 1 mile cooldown. My splits for the tempo were all over the place, as you can tell. Almost completely negative.
Friday: Slow-flow yoga (75 minutes of intense stretching) + 25 minute upper body weights. I’m not sure if the intense stretching was the best thing the day before a long run, but it a) felt good and b) forced me to stretch for more than 5 minutes.
Saturday: 18 miles (9:09 pace). I just laughed when I stepped outside at 5:45 a.m. and immediately felt the heavy, suffocating heat. I drove to a different area of town (for a mental and scenery change) and listened to podcasts most of the time. Nothing hurt but it wasn’t the most fun long run. I was glad I didn’t have to run 8 more right then.
On a different note, I officially found my new mid-run fuel: U RAWk bars. It’s funny to look at the label and see all the ingredients it DOESN’T have. It’s made out of almonds, coconut butter, raisins, coconut, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, among a few other things.
I found it at Whole Foods a few weeks ago and ran both 17 and 18 miles with it (I only ate half each time). If they were so expensive I would eat these regularly…so delicious!
Total: 33.5 miles