More than half way through training! 49 days until race day. Seems like a long time and part of me wants it to be here already, especially since all the “big” marathons (Chicago, NYC) are before. I have a feeling I’ll be extra antsy during taper.
This was a step-back week, meaning no long-long run. 12 miles will never not be a long run in my mind, but it was definitely easier (mentally and physically) than 16-18+. I started feeling sick on Wednesday and woke up with a major sore throat and stuffy nose on Thursday. I usually have a good immune system (digestive system on the other hand…) so training must be taking its toll. That, or something’s going around. Saturday’s run helped my sinuses a lot and it was the best I felt all day.
Ft. Myers Marathon Training Week 8
Sunday: Basic vinyasa yoga (not heated). 90 minutes of “forward fold” work, as the instructor put it. My hamstrings definitely need it.
Monday: 8 miles. 5 on the treadmill and 3 outside. The treadmill felt oddly good and I could have finished the final 3 on it. I ran until the sun came up and then headed outside. The transition time was under 1 minute and I literally ran out the gym door. My pace inside was 9:10 and outside was 8:30.
Tuesday: 6 miles (pyramid speed workout). I went based off of effort but each repeat was under an 8 min mile.
Wednesday: Taught spin
Thursday: Easy 4.5 on the treadmill. It was pouring rain (and dark) so the treadmill was really the only option this time. Just wasn’t feeling it any longer than 40ish minutes. 1.5 miles missed isn’t a big deal.
Friday: 20 minute walk + 25 minutes upper body weights.
Saturday: 12.25 miles. Last 3 miles were the fastest (8:40, 8:35, 8:35). Overall I felt really good, minus being drenched in sweat thanks to the humidity. It exerted (reverse) self-discipline to not finish another .85 and make it a half marathon distance.