As I publish this post, there is less than one week until the Fargo Marathon! It’s a Saturday marathon, which I LOVE. The weather is looking a tad bit toasty in Fargo; hopefully that will change in a week.
After a disappointing (for me) time at Idaho (3:52), my primary goal for Fargo is to stay totally in control and feel strong the whole way, which for me I think should hopefully equate to about a 3:45 time. For reference, my PR (Big Cottonwood, Utah) is 3:35 pre-broken leg and then 3:37 (Indianapolis 2019) post-broken leg. I have some great memories of marathons where I ran around a 3:45 (3 Bridges in Little Rock, Arkansas, the London Marathon) where I felt so happy and smiled the whole way- I want to channel that feeling again! If it does end up being hot, I’ll re-adjust that goal some more, with the hope of staying under 4 hours.
Now that I’ve discussed goals, here’s how training went this past week!
Monday: 8 easy pre-work miles with a few friends, 9:20 min/mile average.
Tuesday: Last long workout before Fargo! (It was interesting as this weekday run was actually longer than my long run the following Saturday!)
3 miles easy warm-up
4x (1 mile @ marathon effort, 0.5mile @ 7:45-7:30, 0.5 mile easy)
1 mile cool-down (with Ruth the vizsla)
12 miles total, 8:40 min/mile
This workout felt pretty good- I wasn’t 100% perfect on all the paces, but was generally in the vicinity. The cooler morning temps definitely helped!
Barre class at the Bar Method after work
Wednesday: Solo 6 mile recovery before work, 9:15 min/mile average.
Ran into a rafter of turkeys crossing from Bde Maka Ska to Lake Harriet!
30 minute Strength for Runners with Matt Wilpers after work
Thursday: Rest day from running! A few dog walks, 10 minute Arms & Light Weights + 30 minute Strength for Runners with Becs Gentry on Peloton
Friday: 6 miles with a few friends.
We took the run nice and easy, 9:30 min/mile average. After work I did a 10 minute and a 20 minute Core for Runners class with Becs Gentry. I didn’t realize that the longer ones are more advanced; I thought the only difference was time, but the 20 or 30 minute core classes are definitely more intense. I kinda wish the 10 minute ones were just as hard, just shorter!
Saturday: Last long run before Fargo! I had 90 minutes of running: 45 minutes easy, “26.2 minutes visualizing the marathon at marathon effort”, and then 18.8 minutes easy, 10.4 miles, 8:45 min/mile average.
The weather was great on Saturday morning (low 50’s) so the 26.2 minutes felt amazing. Fargo is looking a little toastier though; fingers crossed it cools off a bit up north before Saturday!
Saturday night, we had tickets to a Mazza Dinner at “Dervish Mazza.” Read more HERE. It was a multiple course meal of Egyptian food, set in a the chef’s backyard in the Old Highland neighborhood of Minneapolis. Really unique and magical evening of delicious food (and some wine!) Highly recommend.
Sunday: 5.5 miles, 8:40 min/mile average with Dustin and Ruth
I followed up the run with a 20 minute Strength for Runners with Matt Wilpers and a 10 minute Core for Runners with Becs Gentry.
Summary: 48 miles of running, 1 barre class, a handful of Peloton strength classes.
This week, I’m be focusing on sleep and hydration…and maybe more time in the Normatec Boots too. One week to go!