LESS than 3 weeks until it’s time to lay it all out there – getting close!!! I feel like the last 4-6 weeks flew by – just like the end of the summer. School started for my little guys on Monday – Pre-K 4 and Pre-K 3!
I’m also happy to share that I got another job offer this week – and will be accepting! Everything about this job and position feels right to me and I’m over the moon ecstatic to return to work. Most days will be close to 13 hours out of the house (it’s in Midtown East so the commute will be 60+ min in AM and 90+ min in PM) and I know running will have to take a backseat. Not sure what I’m going to do yet in regards with training and racing – I think decisions will be made as we go along and I see how much running I’m able to fit in. But I feel ready to shift around priorities and cut back where I need to.
So, Wineglass is rapidly approaching. We are down to 19 days. 19!!!
Thankfully, I had a pretty solid week of training last week. I felt great, the paces felt comfortable and most importantly, I feel like my motivation and excitement for training has returned. After the last couple of weeks of lackluster running and then my discouraging run/race at RnR VB last weekend, I was beginning to freak out with how poorly I felt. I was worried that those feelings would cause a landslide into the final weeks of training.
I got a great pep talk from my coach and was reassured that it’s the normal dip in the peak of marathon training…definitely one of the best aspects of having a coach! And I looked at what I could improve upon over these last few weeks of training.
For me, a large part of the puzzle is the nutrition piece. When I start eating poorly, I feel like garbage which makes running less enjoyable – which further makes me feel like garbage. I’ve learned that the first step in a solid, successful training plan is smarter, more deliberate meals and snacking – and so that was my focus last week. Lots of eggs, sweet potatoes, bbq’d chicken and veggies. More water. Less processed food.
For the last 8 months or so, I’ve been following a somewhat paleo diet. I don’t follow it completely so I guess it’s not real paleo. For me, I’ve learned that it’s best to not restrict anything. I drink wine several times/week. I eat chocolate, ice cream, donuts. But I limit them as well as most processed foods. I am eating more protein (from steak, chicken or fish) and more veggies – bascially at every meal. I’ve cut back on salads, beans and whole grains from my diet. I’m the leanest I have been in years. But most importantly is that I feel great.
The result was my highest mileage week and long run of the training cycle – 65.42 and 23 miles, respectively. Some of the highlights:
Planned: 8 miles with 8 x :30 sec surges
Actual: 8 miles @ 8:04 average
This was a hot, humid run – even at 5:30am. I started off slow, slowed down for a few miles while I chatted with Jen (who was biking!) and then picked up pace the last few miles with the surges. It was a good run to shake out the legs from the half and practice some faster leg turnover.
Splits: 8:34, 8:16, 8:35, 8:40, 8:16, 7:55, 7:23, 6:57
After the run, my husband, boys and I drove the 90 min to LBI for the day. I had promised the boys all summer that we would go to the waterpark but my husband’s schedule and inclement weather just got in the way. The ONLY waterpark still open last week (during the week) was in LBI – so we went! It was the best decision – it was empty!
Planned: 22 miles @ moderate pace (7:40-8:00)
Actual: 23 miles @ 7:39 average pace
This run was a success for so many reasons. I felt strong throughout the entire run, stayed positive and actually enjoyed the miles as they ticked by. While not cool, it was a bit cooler than recent long runs (most especially Sunday’s half), so it was a welcome change.
I got up around 4:15, drank some coffee, used the bathroom and was out the door by 4:55. I had wanted to eat something before, but I didn’t want to wake up any earlier to allow time for the food to digest. I stopped twice (for ~30-45 sec) to eat 4x chomps and drink some water at miles 10 and 18.
I ran this mostly blind – my watch showed my heart rate and I was able to only see the splits at each mile when my watch beeped. This works best for me so that I focus completely on how I feel rather than what pace I am running. And, this usually means I end up negative splitting the run.
Splits: 8:15, 7:55, 7:51, 7:52, 7:50, 7:54, 7:48, 7:37, 7:40, 7:38, 7:46, 7:43, 7:34, 7:31, 7:37, 7:24, 7:26, 7:27, 7:32, 7:30, 7:32, 7:14, 7:04
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun
Planned: 4-8 miles (depending on day)
Actual: 6, 6, 6.42, 8
The biggest change I saw this week was my paces for the easy runs. With the temps slowly starting to come down a bit, my easy/recovery runs were faster than I have seen in months.
The week ended with a bang – my sister got married!! She looked absolute radiant!
As did my parents:
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