Good golly, I’m onto week 9 of marathon training already! Over the past few days I pushed through my toughest training yet: my first ever 30+ mileage week, three tough runs in a row and a little bit of cross training have me beat.
Let’s take a look at the schedule:
Monday: Rest day
I cannot tell you how much I look forward to Mondays. It’s always a bummer going back to the real world after a weekend of lounging (and running). I need my reality tv and ice cream to ground me. Although I must say that Dancing with the Stars this season ain’t looking so entertaining, save for Alfonso Ribeiro.
That will never get old.
Tuesday: Running, tempo, 1.14 miles @ 9:30 minute mile pace
+ Running, easy, 2.98 miles @ 10:09 minute mile pace—30 minutes
I hustled to make a group run, but I got to my destination right as everybody else was departing. By then, everybody had already buddied up for the evening, and I was left by my lonesome. Now I’m all about being an independent woman, but it’s pretty lame to be running alone in a group setting. Feeling awkward, I separated myself from the group and did my own thang.
Lesson learned: next time I go to an entirely new-to-me group event, get there early enough to make friends.
Wednesday: Running, easy, 7.01 miles @ 9:45 minute mile pace—1:08:24 hours
+ Foam rolling—5 minutes
It’s getting harder and harder to find routes of appropriate distance in the city. In the light, I can always venture out onto the River Trail, but with the sun setting earlier each night, I also need to find safe paths (the River Trail is not the most awesome place to be in the dark).
On this run I went exploring the Delaware River Waterfront. I’m already a fan of Spruce Street Harbor Park, but this excursion also took me past the Race Street Pier (I haven’t been there since it opened a few years ago) and Morgan’s Pier, a popular local hangout. I also got to see an uncommon view of my favorite bridge:
|Yeah, I don't miss that beast at all.|
Thursday: Running, hills, 4.01 miles @ 10:18 minute mile pace—41 minutes
I was not psyched about running hills on the hottest day of the week. Somehow I survived, although my shins and calves have still not forgiven me.
Friday: Butt Bible, Level 1 lower body—20 minutes
Granted, this wasn’t the longest workout session, but it felt good to be strength training again.
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Running, long with hills, 15.02 miles (!) @ 10:21 minute mile pace—2:35:26 hours
|The pretty scenery almost distracted from the agony.|
Okay, I am seriously sore after this run. According to my Garmin, I nailed over 650 feet of elevation gain—and I feel it! I took on three of my hometown’s biggest hills, and I have the swelling to prove it. I didn’t think I was prepared enough for Hershey prior to this weekend, but now I am once again well acquainted with Central PA’s murderous inclines.
Hershey Half Marathon, I’m coming for you!
And a sub-2:00:00 finish, too!