I finally made it to my rest day! After running 79 miles last week and 10.6 miles yesterday, my legs are happy to have a little break. This ends a 33-day streak, but I don’t streak for the sake of streaking— it’s simply that I’m able to run every day and feel good. And it’s all very carefully orchestrated by my coach. It’s taken 15+ years of running to get to this point, so I don’t recommend it for everyone. — Up next: a Turkey Trot 5K and then the Rehoboth Beach Marathon on December 8th. I’m trying my best to stay confident for these races! The Turkey Trot will be very windy, but I’m not going to let that stop me from believing I can run really well. BUT, I do need to have a race plan that takes the wind into consideration. — Lately I’ve been crushing most of my workouts but not getting the race results I want. I am reminding myself to trust the process, have patience, and be confident that it will all come together at some point. I think this rest day will help restore my legs and allow me to run hard at the Turkey Trot and during my last long run on Saturday. — 📷@gregclor
Yes!!! 😀😁😀 If you read my last post you’ll know I was worried I’d be too sore for this. But it was a huge success! The weather was ideal and I decided to really challenge myself. — 2 miles at 6:58, 6:54 4 mins recovery jog 4 x 1 mile w/3 mins recovery jog: 6:39, 6:37, 6:39, 6:40 2 miles at 6:56, 6:51 — I was prescribed 7:00 for the 2-mile segments and 6:40 for the 1-mile segments. My route was gently rolling hills. Surprisingly, the last 2 miles felt easier than the first 2. I think that running a 6:40 pace makes 7:00 feel comfortable. — I’m so happy I challenged myself to push through the entire workout on sore legs. 13.5 miles total, including warm up and cool down. — This photo was taken during the 3rd mile repeat by @gregclor.
Recovery run! My legs are really sore today— much more so than after the half marathon. Typically my recovery runs end up being in the 8:40-8:50 range but today I knew I wouldn’t truly recover unless I ran as slow as I could possibly go. The more I think about why my legs are so torn up I honestly believe it was due to the treadmill. I ran hard on Wednesday and yet my legs felt great going into the Thursday treadmill run, but once I got off the machine, I regretted it and wished I had waited to run in the 35-degree rain later in the day. Now I have to dig myself out of the hole of leg fatigue, which hasn’t happened in the past 3-4 cycles, but I’m doing my best with the foam roller, epsom salt baths and the @theragun. I have a very hard workout on tap tomorrow followed by a massage. I’m not confident about making it through that workout, but my coach has advised me not to stress about it and I could be fine by then.
Yikes, that was the worst long run I’ve had in about three years. I was aiming for 22 but I “bonked” hard in the 17th mile and had no choice but to stop. — This run was plagued by 3 things: the wind, the timing, and yesterday’s treadmill. — 💨 We had 12-15 mph sustained wind with gusts up to 25. I’ve done long runs in worse, but today it just felt particularly draining to run into the headwind. ⏰ As for the timing, I timed my nutrition for a 8:50 start, but was delayed by about 45 minutes. Greg and I drove to a trail and I was going to run home from the trail, but it was coated in slush and ice. So we drove all the way home and then I started. 🏃♀️Yesterday I ran my easy run on a treadmill and it beat up my legs. The treadmill always leaves me sore because I’m not used to it and probably have a weird gait on it. — Not to mention all the mileage I’ve run in the past week (80 if you count today), and the pace of this run was on the fast end of my easy range. I had a nice progression from 8:15 down to 7:45 at mile 15, but then fatigue took over. I was 2 miles from home so I walked a mile, and then jogged an 18th mile at 9:45! My focus now is trying to stay positive and recover as much as possible.
#TBT to the Richmond Half last weekend. How gorgeous is this fall foliage capture by @rundashie?! Even though this race didn’t go as planned, I’m still optimistic about my marathon in three weeks. It’s freezing rain today so I’m treadmill bound for an easy 70 minutes. The last time we got wintry precipitation this early in the season was over 20 years ago. And just 5 weeks ago we were in a heat wave of 72-degree mornings!
There’s glamour and there’s grind. Today’s workout was pure grind. It’s my least favorite workout! 😣 But it feels sooooo good to have completed it! It’s 20 x (1 minute hard, 1 minute easy), 20 x (30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy). That’s a constant changing of gears for an entire hour!!! No stopping or walking allowed- the recovery jogs must be actual jogs. Its impossible to pace with a Garmin, so the entire workout is effort based. However, I programmed my Garmin to beep and record laps so I could analyze it afterwards. 80 laps total! — I don’t like this workout, but making progress usually means doing things you don’t like— hard things. 😊 I prefer runs where I can settle into a groove. Or track intervals of varying lengths for the sake of variety. But this workout is like the worst of both worlds: no variation and no settling in to cruise. Tough! — Also, tempo runs and track intervals can provide a nice fitness gage, and if they go well I get excited about my pace. But with this workout, the confidence boost is simply grinding it out and trusting the process. In other words, it’s not a “glamorous” workout, but it’s great for speed and leg turnover. Here’s how it went: — 20 x 1 minute at slightly faster than 5K effort: ranged from 6:03-6:27, averaged 6:10. — 20 x 30 seconds hard: ranged from 5:34 -6:19, averaged 5:52. — Swipe left for some of the many, many splits! I am very happy with how I executed this one. I’ve gone out too fast in the past and regretted it, and ended up walking the recovery jogs. No walking for me today! 12 miles total, including warm up and cool down. Everything felt great. #fartlek