PEAK Week Success

Peak week ended on Sunday. I wanted to post this Monday but with the NYC Marathon and other commitments, I didn’t have a chance to share the last hard week of training for the Philly Marathon.

The week was amazing. It was kind of crazy – we had events and things to do from Tuesday through Sunday. I nailed my runs (some were tougher than others, but I got them done) and so much of the week was filled with running – best way to go into taper! Hoping I can ride that high for the next 10 days until race day.

I hit the highest weekly mileage EVER for me – 71 miles!! It was a bit more than the plan called for (mid-60s) but I ran around NYC on Sunday to watch the marathon (another 6.55 miles). This is how the week broke down:

Monday: 6 miles on treadmill (8:10 average)

Tuesday: 10 steady state miles (7:17 average). I was both a bit scared and a bit relaxed about this workout. Scared b/c there was no warmup mile – I was supposed to just jump right in and hit the target pace (7:30). I have gotten to look forward to and LOVE my first mile which is often 8:15-8:25.  The first mile was the hardest of the day for me. I was out of breath and felt like I was working HARD to maintain a 7:30 pace. But after my body warmed up, the pace felt easy and I just let my body go with what felt comfortable. The longer I ran, the faster I ran – not intentionally but it kind of just happened.  So it ended up becoming more of a marathon goal pace run.  It wasn’t a perfect progression run but it was close. Splits: 7:27, 7:21, 7:21, 7:17, 7:22, 7:13, 7:16, 7:15, 7:12, 7:10

Wednesday: 6 miles (8:05 average). That evening, I went to an event at a local hotel where I got to meet BILL RODGERS!  I was looking forward to this event for weeks. He spent about two hours signing autographs, taking pictures and chatting with the 30 or so runners that were there. I chatted with him twice (first time through the picture came out fuzzy so I got back in line again – HA) and each time was just blown away by how down to earth, real and nice he was.  He left me with two parting phrases – “Run Strong in Philly” and “Run Like the Wind”.

me and bill

Thursday: 11 miles (7:25 average) including 4×2 mi tempo intervals (with a very short 2 min active recovery). Hands down hardest workout of training cycle. My favorite place to do speedwork/tempo runs is poorly lit in the mornings so I’ve been doing all my running on the main road by my house. The downside is that there are two small little hills to run up (two in each direction – the stretch I run on is just over a mile long). They aren’t much of anything when you hit them on a long or easy run but when you are working hard to run a certain pace, those hills make a world of a difference.  Goal pace was 6:55. I went out way too fast and paid for it by the last two sets.  I finished the workout happy that I had finished but not feeling so confident in my ability – especially since I saw an 8 mile tempo on the plan for this week. Splits: (6:53, 6:50), (6:53, 6:48), (6:56, 6:56), (6:55, 6:53).

But more importantly…it was Halloween! The boys didn’t trick or treat (or even dress up) last year b/c of Sandy so this was basically Ryan’s first Halloween!

My police officer and little criminal (aka cop and robber)

My police officer and little criminal (aka cop and robber)

Friday: 7 miles on treadmill (8:17 average). Friday afternoon, I headed into city to stop by the NYC Marathon expo and then attend the Runner’s World party in midtown (both with Jen!). It was a blast. I got to see/meet some girls I know through blogging and running and just enjoyed a night dressed up and out of the house. And let’s not discuss how short I am…okay? =)

Bart. Dream job.

Bart. Dream job.

RW Girls - Laura, Hannah and Megan!

RW Girls – Laura, Hannah and Megan!

Jen, me, Amanda, Theodora!

Jen, me, Amanda, Theodora!

Saturday: 18 miles. (7:37 average for first 12.7; ? for last 5.3). This run was NOT fun. My legs were toast. And even worse were that the miles seemed to drag on forever. I remember hitting mile 9 and wondering how I was only half done. UGH. Then my garmin died just short of mile 13. I really just wanted to quit and call it a day but I convinced myself that no watch was probably a good thing – I wasn’t doing a fast finish or trying to hit certain paces for this run so all I had to do was run another 5(ish) miles. Sounded easy in concept but not going to lie – it was definitely the most mentally and physically trying long run of this training cycle.

My mom wanted to spend an evening/morning with my youngest so my husband and I got to spend a night out with our oldest. We don’t get to do some of the things we want b/c it’s tough with two little ones.  Going out to dinner is one of those things. We went to a local Mexican restaurant. Good way to celebrate the last hard workout of peak week!

Big man all ready for a night out!

Big man all ready for a night out!

dinner with AJ2

Frozen strawberry margarita. Yes, please.

Sunday: 7 miles (9:05 average) with Ashley followed by 6.55 miles later that morning/afternoon when I ran to/from the cheering spot (8:10 average). Total 13.55 miles for day.

What’s the highest mileage you’ve hit? 71!!

How long do you taper for a marathon? Mine is a two-week taper but I have a few workouts during the first week of taper!

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    2. COngrats on great mileage and awesome runs. I love seeing the different paces that you train at, definitely important to have a mixture of paces.

      I have found a 2 week taper works best for me, with 1 or 2 actual workouts in the first week (like you said). I also have found that getting a massage in that first week of taper is really key in getting my body ready to race!

      You have trained so smart and strong and I really can’t wait to see how you do in Philly!
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    3. Phew, that looks like a hard week!! I’m in my peak week right now, I’m planning on something more than 50 miles, but it’ll depend on how things go. I’m tapering 3 weeks. This feels like a lot to me, and I’m ready to taper, so I can’t even imagine running more than 70!
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    4. Well, I feel like a real newbie (or slacker, depending on how you look at it!), but for the sake of the low-mileage audience in your readership, I’ll fess to a maximum weekly mileage of 28! (This is since I began my adult-onset running. In my youth it was much higher.)

    5. You had an amazing training week! I would have been dreading the run w/ no warmup, too. My body doesn’t operate well that way! I think you will have nothing but success on race day and I’m so excited to see it happen for you.

      My highest mileage week has been in the low 60s…I wouldn’t mind hitting 70 sometime, just to see how it feels (silly, I know!).

      Enjoy the rest!
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