Happy Sunday! I’m writing to you today from the surface of the sun. Seriously, I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say I will be so glad when this heatwave is over. I think we’re supposed to get a break from it on Monday/Tuesday of next week. I hope that you’re all staying cool and hydrated!
Week 2 of marathon training is in the books! Here’s how my workouts went this week:
Monday, July 15
Spinning (30 minutes) + Strength for Runners (30 minutes) + core work (10 minutes).
I kind of made up this workout as I went along. I knew I need some strength training since I only had 1 OTF class this week. Then I decided to throw in some cross training too.
Tuesday, July 16
4 mile run + core work (10 minutes).
Pretty normal/uneventful run – just how I like it. I’m also trying to be better about getting in my post-workout protein and these Vega shakes are great.
Wednesday, July 17
OrangeTheory Fitness – Endurance Strength Power (ESP) Class (60 minutes) + core work (10 minutes).
I was hoping for a strength day, but got the next best thing! I think this may have been the hardest class that I’ve taken there. Between the fast paced strength work on the floor and the alternating between the rowers and the treadmills, I was beat!
Thursday, July 18
6 mile run + core work (5 minutes).
Because of the impending heatwave, I originally thought I might be able to move my long run to Thursday morning. But of course, the weather had different plans. I woke up to rain, and not just a few raindrops, it was buckets of rain the lasted off an on throughout the day. There was no way I could do the long run, so I just stuck to the planned 6 miles I had on the schedule.
Friday, July 19
REST DAY IS THE BEST DAY! Lots of foam rolling and stretching since my body felt tired.
Saturday, July 20
12 mile run through the depths of Hell + core work (10 minutes).
Look, we all know it was HOT, so I’ll spare all those details. I was up and out the door before 6 am. The cloud cover really saved me on the run – I only had to deal with the direct sunlight for the past few miles. I made sure to take in water after every mile. Besides dripping in sweat, the run actually wasn’t that bad as I didn’t have any joint pain. My stomach felt a little “off” when I finished so it took me a few hours to eat anything post-run (which is rare for me), but besides that, I was glad that I actually got through the run.
Sunday, July 21
Spinning (60 minutes) + core work (15 minutes).
I had a little chafing on my inner thighs from yesterday’s run so that made this workout a little bit painful – I’ll leave it at that, LOL.
Total Weekly Mileage: 23 miles
Marathon Training Miles: 43 miles
Summary: 4 runs, 3 spinning classes, 2 strength training workouts, 6 core workouts
Grade This Week – A
I tried something a little different this week to prep for my long run. I ate a bigger carb meal for lunch on Friday and had a light dinner. I usually eat a bigger carb dinner before a long run but sometimes that leaves me feeling a little bogged down. I’ll try this again over the next few weeks and see how it goes, but so far, so good!
Speaking of long run prep, I’m not sure if it was thinking about the mileage or worrying about the weather, but my pre-long run anxiety was sky high on Friday night! I can handle all my workouts during the week but the long run always messes with my head. I usually deal with a few nerves the night before a long run, but Friday seemed worse than usual. Do you have any tips for dealing with pre-long run anxiety? I would really appreciate any pointers as I don’t want it to get worse throughout the summer.
Next week I’ll be in Philadelphia from Thursday night to Saturday night to celebrate a friend’s graduation. I’ll have to get in my long run sometime during the week. I’ll probably aim to get it done on Thursday morning. It should make for an interesting week. As always, marathon training is all about being flexible. Oh, and did I mention I’m doing an OCR type race on the 28th? I’m such a smart runner, LOL.
That’s it! I hope you had a great week 🙂
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