Happy Sunday from rainy and windy Connecticut! Let’s discuss the weather this week shall we? We went from normal cold winter weather (30s), to spring weather (60s), then summer weather (70s), back to winter/spring (50s) and then today cold and rainy today (30s). So basically Mother Nature was just like “Let’s give them all the seasons in one week”. I feel like the weather was crazy everywhere this week!
I just completed week 9 of training which is hard to believe, but I’m very happy that this was my last peak week. The week started off okay but I’m definitely not ending the week on a high note. Let’s discuss!
7.5 mile run + 80 supermans.
Luckily I had Monday off from work for President’s Day. I had a late morning flight out of Cleveland so I arrived back home in the afternoon, unpacked my suitcase and hit up the treadmill for my run.
9 mile tempo run + 80 squats.
Ugh! This run was rough. I only hit 4 out of 5 of my tempo miles, but considering I did this run after work, I’ll call it a win.
Boot camp class (60 minutes) + 80 russian twists.
I was NOT a happy camper when I left my boot camp class on Wednesday night. You can read about that here. After class my body was pretty sore, but that was to be expected after my two mid-distance runs on Monday/Tuesday.
4.5 mile run + 30 minute spinning class + 90 supermans.
My knee felt sore for the last mile of this run, so I decided to do a spinning class instead of another class with weights. The spinning class was great because it was an interval class so a nice way to get the heart rate elevated. I also love this quote that I found while searching Google.
Official Rest Day, but I still got in my 90 squats for Rachel’s Supermans, Squats and Twists Challenge.
18 mile long run + 90 russian twists.
This was supposed to be my last 20 mile long run but I just didn’t have it in me yesterday. I feel very tired going into the run and my legs, back and knee weren’t cooperating with me. I told myself to just get to 18 miles and call it a day – and that’s exactly what I did.
Unofficial Rest Day.
After yesterday’s long run and waking with extremely sore legs, I decided to skip my spinning class today and take a 2nd rest day for the week.
Total Weekly Mileage: 39
Total Training Cycle Miles – 278
Grade – B-
I gave myself a B this week because I think that there were things I could have done better. I focused a lot on hydration, but my diet could have been better. I definitely didn’t eat that healthy when I was out of town last weekend and that kind of continued to the beginning part of the week. I think I ended up foam rolling every other day but that should have been daily. Definitely two things to improve on for this upcoming week.
Saturday’s long run was really rough. Even though I got 7 hours of sleep on Friday night, I still woke up feeling very tired. I still tried to get into the right mindset before leaving the house. My first 5-6 miles were a little too fast, which I probably paid for later on in the run. After mile 10 my legs started to feel super heavy, like I was running on 2 cement bricks. Around this time my back starting acting up yet again. I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what else I can do to help this but I’m just going to keep doing my exercises in hopes that it gets better. I’m also going to be trying a few other things in these next 3 weeks before race day and keep my fingers crossed that I will be able to run the marathon and won’t have to drop down to the half marathon distance.
If you have followed my other marathon training journeys, you know that I really stick to the plan and while I’ll move around workouts, I rarely skip a workout. Today is the first workout I’ve had to skip during this training cycle. Although I know it’s necessary, I still hate to do it! Maybe my body just needs a little extra TLC. I plan on taking an epsom salt bath later on today to help with the soreness as well.
Have you ever struggled through a peak week in your training?
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