Happy Sunday and what a weird weekend it has been! A Nor’easter came rolling through on Thursday night. I really didn’t think it would be bad but then we lost power at 3:30pm on Friday afternoon and it didn’t come back on until 5:45am on Saturday morning. Thankfully we have extra blankets so we weren’t cold at night even though we didn’t have heat. The cable and internet took longer to come back on (much later on Saturday afternoon) and it kept coming on for a few minutes, and then shutting back off. When I woke up today it was finally back on for good. These are definitely “first world problems” so as long as I have heat and hot water, I’m not going to complain!
I just finished week 10 of training so only 2 more weeks to go! I’m officially in the taper period 🙂 This is my most favorite part of any training cycle and I had a good week of workouts!
6 mile run + 100 supermans.
My legs were still sore from Saturday’s long run but I took this run at a nice easy pace so I could get through it. I had some weird hip pain but it went away by Tuesday (I’m thinking it was a “phantom pain” – you know those pains that pop up out of the blue during the taper period).
3 mile run + Yoga for Recovery (30 mins) + 100 squats
I figured my body could use a little TLC and yoga did just the trick. Those squats just about killed me though!
Boot Camp (60 minutes) + 100 russian twists.
We had AC and a working stereo for class this week – yay! It was also the last day for Rachel’s February Challenge. I also added up all my mileage for February and clocked in at 139.5 miles – woo-hoo!
7 mile tempo run.
Started off a new month with a strong 7 mile tempo run.
Rest days are the best days 🙂
Strength Training (30 minutes) + I caught up on the first 3 days of Rachel’s Total Body Challenge.
After sleeping like a burrito on Friday night due to lack of power/heat, and not really having a great dinner (do cheese and crackers count?), I decided to move my long run to Sunday. Plus it was still SUPER windy outside so I was totally okay with my decision. I still wanted to get in a workout so strength training sounded like a good option!
14 mile long run.
My last double digit run of my training cycle! This was a good long run, probably the best long run I’ve had in a few weeks. I had some major knee pain the last few miles. It reminded me of my previous IT band pain. I’ll be focusing on foam rolling that area a lot more in the next 2 weeks. I do NOT have time for that knee pain on race day! My back felt pretty good for this run so I have hope that it’s getting better (fingers crossed).
Total Weekly Mileage: 30
Total Training Cycle Miles – 308
Grade – A
Overall I was happy with my workouts this week. I definitely do not feel as tired as I did last week so that’s a good sign! I also paid more attention to my nutrition and hydration this week which I’m sure made a different as well.
I have to admit that it felt nice to wake up on Saturday and not do a long run. Granted I couldn’t stay in bed and watch TV, but I was very productive and had a major spring cleaning session/overhaul of my closet. Basically if I haven’t worn it in 2 years, it went into a donate or ‘sell on eBay pile’ (I posted some stuff on my IG stories if you’re interested). I felt super productive and any money I make from selling the items will into my vacation fund, so it’s a win-win!
Is it weird that I’m not feeling nervous for this race? I’m not overly confident like I was for Chicago (learned my lesson the hard way!), but I am really looking forward to the entire race weekend experience. Maybe it’s because this will be my last marathon….for a while. I never say never, but I just know that my body needs a nice long break from running super long distances.
Were you affected by the Nor’Easter this weekend? Do you enjoy the taper period?
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