It’s time for my weekly recap of training for Grandma’s Marathon 2016! It was a big week in mileage, but still lots of fun. Here’s how it all went down:
Monday: Easy 5.5 miles with my new running partner Nordica. She had run 22 miles the day before, so she only wanted to do 5.5. After we split, I grabbed Matilda and we did another 2 miles for 7.5 miles total. I had a double run on the schedule, so another 6 miles after work for 13.5 miles on the day. All easy and super enjoyable.
Tuesday: My “big” workout of the week: 2 mile warm-up, 4 miles at a tempo pace of 7:30, 2 mile cool-down. My average over the 4 miles crept closer to 7:40, but overall I felt pretty good.
Wednesday: Easy 4 mile run with Matilda in the morning. Barre class at The Barre after work. I had not been there in so long, but it was fantastic! Check out this older post about how great barre is for runners. At a barre class, I basically do all the exercises my PT wants me to do, but I’m way more willing to do them at a class set to fun music!
Barre is back in my life! I love, love [solidcore] but at this point in my Grandma’s Marathon training, it’s a little harder to fit it in without it hurting my running a little. Barre is easier on my body but still a great strength workout.
Thursday: 6 easy miles in the morning with some friends, and then 3 miles after work with Matilda. We ran to Run n Fun to buy a new fuel belt as my old one had seen better days. I needed one for my long run on Friday. Well, I might write a whole post about it, but the one I purchased (which was THIS ONE) was a HUGE failed fit. It didn’t stay velcro-ed at all. HATED IT so much.
Friday: I took a few hours of PTO in the morning to squeeze in my long run. 18.5 miles. I needed to get my long run out of the way because I had races both days of the weekend.
I had company for the first 7 (love my running friends) and then listened to the Hamilton soundtrack for much of my solo miles (can’t get enough!)
When I got back from my long run, I took a quick selfie with Matilda. Doesn’t she look pumped for her race the next day??
Saturday: The Fast & Furry 8k (race recap to come!) Spoiler alert, Matilda and I got second place for women with a time of 36:16, or a pace of 7:18 min/miles. I was pretty pumped about that time, especially after a long run the day before.
With warm-up cool-down, we did 7 miles total.
Sunday: The Salomon CityTrail Loppet 10 mile (recap to come!) I knew my legs would be tired, so I didn’t race this, but ran it as a fun trail run for my recovery miles. 10 miles at a 9:15 min/mile pace with 1.5 miles to warm-up and 0.5 miles to cool-down, 12 miles total.
Summary: 71 miles total and 1 strength class (barre)- yowsa! Big week for me but I generally feel pretty good and excited for the marathon on June 18th!
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