Two weeks until my 34th marathon, 23rd state, and first marathon of 2020!
In terms of a goal for Atlanta, I think I’ll aim for something around 4 hours. I won’t be racing Atlanta (as I did Indianapolis, my last marathon.) I’ve done plenty of miles (hit 70 last week!) but the workouts and the focus has not been on a PR, but rather just to finish 26.2 with a smile.
I know that Atlanta is a really hilly course and I definitely have not done the hill work necessary for a strong race on a course like that. I also plan to run a lot of marathons this year, so each one can’t be a PR attempt! Some of them have to be a bit more casual, and I’m hoping that Atlanta will be one of those.
So, let’s review how training went this past week!
Even though it was the start of the taper, I still had pretty high overall mileage:
Monday: 8 miles on the treadmill after work, 9:00 min/mile.
Tuesday: I ran to meet the morning run clubbers, did 6 miles with them, and then ran home for 9 miles total. I had some really slow miles in the beginning as I was nervous about slipping; 9:30 min/mile average for the 9 miles. Discover Strength after work.
Wednesday: Workout Wednesday with a run commute!
My workout was a fun one, not too intense: 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 minute intervals with 2 minute recovery in between each set, progressively faster as the intervals got shorter. I liked it! 9.4 miles total at a 9:20 min/mile average.
The trails were actually pretty clear around Lake of the Isles!
I didn’t need to carry much with me as I left my work outfit and whatnot at the office the day before. But I did wear this Ultimate Direction utility belt that has a lot of handy pockets. It’s meant for trail runners, but it works well for run commuters!
I ran to work and then Dustin picked me up afterwards to grab dinner at Smack Shack (love the lobster roll!) before heading to the Brandi Carlile concert at the new Fillmore theater. Great show!
Thursday: A later night due to the concert meant no early morning run for me. I ran after work on the treadmill, 6 miles easy. Thursday was one of the coldest days we’ve had this year in Minneapolis. Definitely treadmill weather!
Friday: I was supposed to run a total of 8 miles on Friday, so I split it up: 4 miles on the treadmill before work:
Then 4.75 miles with the lunch run group at work. It was only 4 degrees when we ran; I kind of thought the guys would cancel, but they didn’t! Guess they are hardier than I expected.
It actually didn’t feel that bad. I tried out this new Oiselle A.T. gaiter, which worked well.
Friday night, we picked up our friend’s poodle, Sölden. She’s the sweetest! We were dog-sitting her for the weekend.
Saturday: 15.5 mile long run with some marathon pace miles in there. The temperature was much milder, around 20 degrees. And it climbed above 30 later in the day!
This run still left me pretty tired though, and I took an hour power lap after refueling with some food.
Yet another dog was added to the pack for the weekend, with our friend’s golden retriever coming over as well. Four dogs in our house is A LOT of dogs, but it was really fun.
(Disregard the clothing racks in the background; we are in the middle of a guest bedroom remodel, so I am down a closet and don’t have a great place for some of my clothes!)
All four dogs played together well. Walking all four was a challenge though!
Saturday night we had tickets to the opening of a Jasper Johns exhibit at the Walker Art Museum.
We grabbed dinner at Esker Grove beforehand.
And then checked out the exhibit:
It was a lovely night- a bit of a belated Valentine’s date with this guy!
Sunday: I’m part of the Minnesota Oiselle Volee; I haven’t made it to many of their events lately, but they had a group run on Sunday that was meeting just 1.3 miles from my house. I ran to where they met and did another 5 with the group for 6.3 miles.
Summary: 63 miles, 1 strength training session.
63 miles is still high for the taper, but keep in mind that most were all very easy paced. This upcoming week will cut back quite a bit more, with just a 90-minute long run next Saturday. And then Atlanta the weekend after that- woohoo! So excited.