Sunday, September 18, 2011

Marathon Training Week #10

Only 8 weeks to go! I would describe this past week as alright. Synopsis: I didn't get my cross-training in on Sunday/Monday and I was sad that I didn't get to ride my bike. Tuesday's run was good. I felt terrible after Wednesday's run (although the run itself wasn't too awful), and I was mentally and physically defeated by a 4 mile run on Thursday. Saturday's 17 miler went really well, but I'm pretty tired right now.

I'm heading into the peak mileage week next week (36 miles) and I'm just a little worried about getting fatigued and not having good runs. I don't really like running 3 days in a row during the week. I understand that I'm training for a marathon and I need to build up my legs, but by the time I get to Thursday's run I'm too tired to care enough to make it a good run...which leaves me asking myself, "what's the point?".

For example, this past Thursday I was supposed to run 4 miles. After 2 miles I called it quits; my toe hurt, my back hurt, I was tired, and I didn't want to be out there running. So I stopped at 2.25 miles (25 minutes). If I had been biking, I probably could have gone for at least an hour. I obviously prefer running only 2 days during the week (with a long run on the weekend), and being able to do more cross training (2 days of biking). But again, I don't know if that would hurt me or help me.

Thoughts/advice?

Here's how this week's training went:

Sunday
On the schedule: rest/cross-train
I made this my rest day. We bought new furniture and we spent most of the day moving out our old stuff to make room for the new! I didn't do much lifting though so I can't really say it counted as cross-training ;)

Monday
On the schedule: rest/cross-train
Since Sunday was a rest day this was intended to be a cross-training day. I was just so excited about getting my new furniture that all I wanted to do was sit on it!! So I did. Can you blame me? (note: our old furniture was my parents' 30+ year old This End Up furniture that has, to put it nicely, been around the block a few times. After being married for 3 years and with my incessant complaining about how much I didn't like it, we finally got new furniture).

I love my new furniture!

Tuesday
On the schedule: Run 4 miles
Ran 4 miles in 38:20 (9:35 pace) on the treadmill. I started my run at 6 mph and gradually increased my speed and ended at 6.7 mph for the last 1/4 mile. It was a progression run, but with no real rhyme or reason. I felt pretty good about this run.

Wednesday
On the schedule: Run 8 miles
Ran 8 miles in 1:22:52 in a hilly neighborhood (719 feet of elevation gain, 709 feet of elevation loss) (10:21 pace). It was HOT. Even though I walked 3 times, I pushed myself pretty hard (maybe harder than I should have). My usual pace for this neighborhood with the hills is closer to 11 minutes/mile. When I got home I made the mistake of not eating anything right away and after I had showered I felt like I was going to vomit. Not cool.

Thursday
On the schedule: Run 4 miles
Ran 2 miles and walked .25 miles in 24:34 (10:54 pace) outside. It was nice and cool out and my plan was to run EASY. After about a mile I just started to feel tired. Then my toe started to hurt, my back hurt, and I wanted to go home and curl up on my new couch. After 2 miles, I was defeated. I gave up. I began to wonder how in the world I would run 17 miles on Saturday. I was defeated both physically and mentally and I'm not really proud of it. It took some pep talking when I got home to make myself feel better. I was reminded that we're not defined by our bad runs because we all have them every now and then, and it's okay!

Friday
On the schedule: rest
Rested! We actually ended up having to take our cat to the emergency vet on Thursday night because he wasn't going to the bathroom and was obviously in a lot of pain. He ended up having a urethral obstruction, which can become deadly if it isn't treated quickly. We didn't get home and to bed until almost midnight. On Friday morning I had to pick him up from the emergency vet and take him to our regular vet, where he still is and will be for a few more days. He should be okay, but I sure do miss him! Yes, I know this has nothing to do with running, but my point in telling you this was to let you know I was very glad Friday was a rest day!

"I didn't do it!"

Poor baby needed a catheter :(

Saturday
On the schedule: run 17 miles
We did it! We ran 17 miles in 3:06:42 (10:58 pace). The weather was much cooler and we feel that this really helped us out. In comparison to our hot and humid 15 miles two weeks before, we ran at a 20 second per mile faster pace, which was really encouraging! Along the way I drank about 66 ounces of nuun and I ate 3 Gu gels. At our second pit stop, I also ate a fig newton (I'm trying to experiment with eating some "real" food on my long runs). Since it was cool, I also chickened out and didn't take an ice bath because I didn't want to be cold again! I made sure to do some extra foam rolling and stretching to make up for this though. Besides being a little sore and tired (no more than usual), I'm feeling okay today. I know I was super hungry yesterday, and I see why it's not unusual for people to gain weight during marathon training :)

Another thing that's not unusual to see while marathon training?


Loads of unfolded laundry. Can anyone relate?

11 comments:

  1. Woo! 17 miles is amazing! Congrats on getting through it! Feels amazing, doesn't it?

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  2. Congrats on 17 miles, you are awesome! i love the new furniture!

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  3. Great job on your 17 mile run this weekend! I feel the same way about back to back to back runs--it's one of the reasons I started the Run Less, Run Faster plan!

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  4. Could you maybe switch it so you run on MWF and have your rest days on Tu/Th? I don't think I'd be able to run 3 days in a row like you've been doing.

    Congrats on the 17 miles. You're doing great and the marathon will be here soon. :)

    Love the new furniture and hope your cat gets all better very soon. Poor thing.

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  5. love the furniture :)

    training seems to be going well, and don't get upset about a few off days, guess we all have them! Awesome mileage though, I hope to one day be at that point!!!

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I can't wait to catch up on yours and see how your marathon training is going!

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  7. Love the new furniture!

    And great job on the runs. Sounds like you had good reasons to have a few off days!!

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  8. haha yes - I hear you on the crazy amount of laundry! Good job getting all of those miles in

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  9. Just came across your blog. Sounds like a good 17 miler! I hope that the rest of your training goes well. Now I'm off to fold my mountain of laundry!

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  10. I have so much laundry all the time! great job on wks 10 and 11 and the pumpkin cookies look great!

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