Hey everyone and happy Sunday! In case you missed them, here are my posts from last week:
Today, the local paper in Florence, SC, printed this article about the marathon on the front page. I really hope the Pee Dee supports the marathon even though running isn’t a big sport there; it’s good to see there will be a big turnout for the race (the half has already sold out).
I’ve set a few goals for my race and will hopefully achieve some of them. Here goes nothing:
Not lose speed. I’ve done weekly speed workouts because I want to run fast 5Ks and 10Ks this Fall. I’m not interested in doing any more marathons ever, and I don’t want to run another half for awhile. I want to run local races, fast- but I won’t really know until a few weeks after the marathon when I race again.
Not gain weight. Some marathoners gain weight because they overestimate the calories they burn and amount of food they can eat. On my frame, a few extra pounds is very obvious, and lugging around extra weight won’t help with speed, either. I do monitor my weight- not every day and not obsessively, but on a weekly basis. I want to catch the damage before it’s done, and buy one get one free frozen yogurt at Publix isn’t helping my cause.
Beat Oprah’s time. Oprah’s marathon time was 4:29, and I don’t know why I want to beat this time except she’s well-known and probably had tons of help training; you know, help that your average recreational runner doesn’t get. I used to talk to my company’s president in the break room at work, and he always talked about how his marathon time was faster than Oprah’s (she ran the marathon he ran, surrounded by press), so I want to say that too.
Run a 4 hour marathon. I don’t know if I can go below 4 hours, because I’ve never run 26.2 miles to know how it feels. I’ve entered my time into a few calculators online and gotten mixed results. I guess we’ll see what happens on Saturday. Since this will be my only marathon, I want to make it count.
Now, for your last and latest training recap- because by this time next week, I will have finished my marathon and will work on recapping the actual race for you!
Sunday: I went to the Yoga House of Charleston for the community/donation class. The usual instructor Katie was there, along with a new teacher named Seth who recently got certified. They “team taught” the yoga class and it was great.
Since I had the cold, I felt a little weird and woozy in certain yoga positions, but otherwise I was fine. You’re always better off doing yoga and modifying than not doing it at all.
Monday: I normally run on Mondays, but since I was tapering, I did BodyPump instead. I upped my weights on the squat track and the bicep track because I felt like my legs could take it this early in the taper. It was a great workout as usual.
Tuesday: That morning, I ran 400s and 800s with Katie and Kindal at the track. It was almost 6 miles of warmup, cooldown, and intense repeats- we really pushed a few because we thought a storm was coming. It didn’t come, but all the motivation to run fast, right?
That evening, I went to TrySports Run Club for a little over 3 miles of running and for Andrew’s talk about preparing for marathons. It’s great to train with the club and have friends like Andrew who are ultra marathoners and know what they’re doing! Even though I’m tapering, Andrew shared some great tips that I’m incorporating into my training.
One of Andrew’s suggestions was to “test” your race day outfit a few days before the race- with all your gear like your gels, bottles, etc. This is a big one for me because I haven’t actually run with my gels since I don’t use more than 1 on any training run (that’s right, even the 19-20 milers!). I plan to wear my marathon outfit for this Tuesday’s run for a final test.
Another suggestion is to meditate and focus on your race and being successful each night before bed and each morning when you wake up, for the week before the race. I think meditation is a great idea and will do this in my post-yoga meditation and throughout this upcoming week.
Wednesday: Off. I didn’t feel that great after Tuesday night’s run (so this cold was a lot worse than I thought, and I was a lot sicker than I let on, okay?).
Thursday: Long run! Last long run before the marathon, and it was 10 miles (8:38 average pace).
The first 5.5 were fast with run club, and the second 4.5 were slower. My friend and run club leader/coach, Peggy, rode her bike beside me while I ran, so my mouth ran harder than my legs. It was worth it for Peggy’s encouragement, and I needed to slow down a little bit and run closer to marathon pace before race day.
Friday: Off. I always take Fridays off- Clay and I went out to Mex 1 Coastal Cantina for Avondale Restaurant week. I love going out with my husband on Friday nights, and we love supporting West Ashley’s restaurants.
Saturday: 5ish miles. I ran a warmup mile, the CrossBridge Pancake 5K trail run, then a cooldown mile or so. My race time was 26:02.
This race wasn’t about finish time, but about spending time with my training partners and friends, supporting a great charity, and eating lots of pancakes. I’ll have a full recap later this week.
Totals: 24 miles running, 1 BodyPump class, 1 yoga class.
My taper is going well. My mileage isn’t too much shorter than last week, since I was sick last week, but I also cut out one cross training day for a rest day. I want to be 100% over the cold before the race (I will be, but I wasn’t earlier in the week).
With running lower mileage, I can already tell my body is recovering. My legs don’t feel as heavy, and the little “niggles” I’ve had, like achy hips and a little knee pain after the long runs, are going away. My body feels different, and dare I say it, my body feels ready…
Start your engines, and happy running!