71 Miles + 6 Weeks To Go!

It feels like I’m getting into a good rhythm with training. I ran 71 purposeful miles last week including a 5 mile tempo, mid-week long run (12 miles) and a 21 miler – all sandwiched between easy/recovery runs. I’ve hit 70+ miles in a week numerous times before, but I don’t remember feeling recovered and ready for another high mileage week; too often, I do too much in one week only to need an extra recovery day or two the following week.

The Potomac River Run Marathon is just six weeks away – I’m kind of amazed at how fast it has crept up. I think it’s a good thing that I recently put it on the calendar (last 4 weeks) – it hasn’t been this looming race for months and months. And knowing that I have just a handful of long runs left makes them feel exciting and manageable.

So here’s how the week broke down: 7 runs with 3 workouts for a total of 71 miles. The highlights are below:

Monday
Planned:11-12 miles with 8×30 sec surges
Actual: 12 miles with 8×30 sec surges at 7:49 pace.
I started off this run entirely too fast – as I was making the right at the end of my block, I peaked to the left to check for cars and saw the most magnificent pink and red sky.

photo 1 (10)There’s this awesome fishing pier that juts out over the water about a mile from my house and I knew that it would have the best view of the sky and the sun coming up so I made a beeline for the pier. 7:30 pace for the first mile – and I made it in time!

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The next few miles were recovery from that first mile before finding a comfortable pace and rhythm. I started incorporating the surges around mile 6.

Splits: 7:30, 8:19, 7:58, 7:51, 7;44, 7:49, 7:49, 7:29, 7:34, 7:38, 7:35, 7:32

Thursday
Planned 2-3 mile warmup, 5 mile tempo @ 6:50-7:00, 2-3 mile cooldown
Actual: 3 mile warmup, 5 mile tempo @ 6:50, 30 min trainer cooldown
This was done on the treadmill (UGH) since my youngest was up a few times during the night (always seems to happen night before a workout). I chose sleep and the treadmill over doing it outside. Splits for the tempo:  6:58, 6:53, 6:49, 6:47, 6:42

After the tempo, I wasn’t up to running on the treadmill anymore so I opted for easy pedaling on the trainer to cooldown.

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Saturday
Planned: 20-21 miles, moderate pace
Actual: 21 miles @ 7:55 pace
I don’t know why but I was strangely excited for this run. Maybe because I knew it was going to be raining for the entire run (which it did). Maybe because it was supposed to be a super windy day (which it was). Or maybe because I knew my legs were still going to be sore from Thursday’s tempo and it would be a tough run (which it was).

I think knowing that I had all those things going against me made me relaxed about the pace – I knew it wasn’t going to be my fastest long run and so my goal was simply to get the miles in.

The first 6-7 miles of the run were comfortable and enjoyable – it alternated between a light rain and mist. Just as I was thinking about how the weather was working out for me, the downpour began. It lasted about 3 miles – through my first stop for water and some GU chews (mile 9.9). I was standing under the awning of my house and I had no desire to step back out into the pouring rain but I also had no desire to run the last 11 miles on the treadmill.

Luckily, it returned to light rain for the the next 3-4 miles. Back to enjoyable running. But the pouring rain made a second appearance and lasted until the run was over.

There was nothing fancy with this run – just steady, consistent miles, some good hills to climb (610 feet), lots of wind (14-17 mph) and nothing but rain.

Splits: 8:20, 7:55, 8:07, 7:59, 8:06, 7:53, 7:54, 7:54, 7:49, 7:56, 8:08, 7:56, 8:01, 7:47, 7:49, 7:54, 7:53, 7:48, 7:45, 7:26

photo (34)The week included some core and strength work as well although to be totally honest, not nearly as much as I would like. But I’m pleased with the mileage and workouts and will make more of an effort this week to do more of the “extras”.

Do you enjoy running in the rain? 

What’s the longest you’ve run in the rain?

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    17 thoughts on “71 Miles + 6 Weeks To Go!

    1. You are kicking ass and taking names with training- so excited for you. Love the mileage and workouts you are getting in but also making sure to get proper cool downs and easy runs in:)

      I like running in the rain but sometimes I’d prefer not to. Like miles 19-22 of a marathon when you can’t see it’s raining so hard—-that I could have done without. haha!
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    2. Stopping by to say hello and tell you that you’re a rock star. I so wish we lived closer and could train together. See you in a month. You’re picking us up, right? Kidding.
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    3. Oh my gosh that sunrise over the water! Gorgeous!
      As I was reading how excited you were for your 20 miler, I was thinking that’s so strange – I wouldn’t be excited for rain, wind, or tired legs. But I think you’re right, it does take the pressure off pace which can make for a much nicer run sometimes :)
      I never want to go out into the rain for a run, but usually once I do, I end up loving it. Perfect example last night – I went running after body pump with a friend, and as I was sitting in the car to meet her, I was hoping to myself she’d cancel because I had so much stuff to DO at home-where I’d stay dry! But she met me and we had an awesome, enjoyable, pure bliss filled run in the rain
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    4. I think my longest rain run was 12 miles, but it was in the summer and probably 70 degrees, which was perfect! I also remember running in a downpour when the temp was about 40 and that was a nightmare! I did 7 miles and was freezing for the rest of the day. Now I love running in very cold temps unless it’s raining. I’m so impressed by your training. You are a big inspiration for me!
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    5. Amazing week of workouts! Awesome job. My highest mileage week I’ve hit so far is 61. I was really tired the following week. I was talking with elite runners Amy Hastings and Bobby Curtis last night and they told me they run about 115 (Amy) and 130 (Bobby) miles per week. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around that! Guess that’s why I’m not an elite. LOL! Congrats on a great week of training and good luck with the rest of your running before your race. xo
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    6. Great training!
      I do not enjoy running in the rain. I have run all sorts of distances in the rain, longest being 20 with lightning. Being that wet in clothing and not a swim suit never did it for me.
      Nice photos as well! Best wishes at your race!
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    7. Oh, that sunrise! So beautiful! Worth a fast first mile, for sure. I don’t mind the rain if it’s not too heavy, but it’s not my ideal runnig weather, that’s for sure. I ran a half marathon in pouring rain once and I was one miserable, sodden bunny by the end of it. :/
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    8. I hate running in the rain :)…I am such a party pooper :). I don’t mind a mist or light drizzle…but I usually just want it to stop. I will run in almost anything (last winter I ran in some of the most insane yuckyness)…I avoid the treadmill at all costs… but I really don’t like running in rain or freezing cold, ice or snow. I like 40ish degrees to 70ish degrees sunny or overcast :)…I am so picky.
      Actually, when I saw your instagram post I said to my husband I can’t believe she likes running in the rain…he said since you were in the army and tough that you probably actually do like it :).
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    9. Aw, I’ll miss you there! I’m signed up for that race but I just found out I have to travel to Boston that weekend. Good luck!! Great workouts so I’m sure you’ll crush it 😉
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    10. Well, I’m going to have to officially stalk everything that you do because you are so amazing. Holy pace girl!! That is so amazing and makes me more excited to train! :) I’m katiesfitscript on insta just fyi :)

    11. I ran a PR at the Love Run half marathon in March of this year. It poured the entire time!!! And it was freezing. But this 11:00 min average pace girl busted out a 9:33 pace because frankly I hated being squeaky and afraid of the chafing and blistering that actually never happened :)

      Is that lemon creek pier? I have caught some gorgeous views from there. Your photo is stunning.
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