Hi! How are you? After three 50 mile weeks, I ended up cutting my mileage down a bit this week. We took the opportunity for one last long hike of the year and I cut back to 45 miles to balance that out. I have one more week of peak mileage before the sharpening/taper period! I’m excited for this coming week of training and for the race in just under one month!
Monday: 10 mile tempo run
This workout was hard but not as awful as I anticipated. After a 2.5 mile easy run to warm up, I ran 3 miles at marathon pace, 2 miles at half marathon pace, and 1 mile at 10K pace (with 5 minutes easy between each segment). The workout itself wasn’t too bad, but the rain came down harder with each harder segment of running – it started out at a drizzle for my warm up and was pouring by the 10K pace mile.
I am excited about the time when training returns to 10 miles being a long run. I enjoy marathon training, but it can be simply tiring at times to run 10 miles on a weekday plus a long run later in the week.
We didn’t do anything exciting for Halloween (we got a grand total of one trick-or-treater) but we did dress up Charlie and Ollie in some of their random toys/clothes. Charlie was a prisoner and Ollie was a frontiersman for a few minutes until he ripped off that hat.
Tuesday: AM: 5 mile easy run; PM: 25 minutes strength training
Rather than run in the dark and rain, I decided to run on the treadmill. By 1/2 mile into the run, I wish I had just driven to one of my routes to run. Nowadays, the treadmill only works for me if I’m doing a hard workout or it’s my absolute only option. Even with a varying incline, my hips felt tight. I got my run in, however, and also remembered why I always choose the rain over indoors.
Wednesday: 7 mile easy run
Back outside into the dark and rain, which felt so good after running inside. I dug out my Knuckle Lights for the first time this year and used them on the first half of my run. Other than the late sunrise (8 AM!), these easy runs sort of blend together during marathon training.
Thursday: 20 mile long run
A break in the rain! The sun even came out, which actually made me feel warm on my run. This 20 miler wasn’t as comfortable feeling as my first one a couple weeks ago, but those tough long runs are valuable in training. Progress comes when you push yourself beyond your comfort zone – which is a very uncomfortable process.
I had considered running 22 miles if I felt good, but 20 miles was enough. There will be future marathon training cycles where I can push my long runs more. Right now, I’m trying to achieve that balance of training hard but staying healthy and remembering that this is only my second marathon.
Friday: 11.2 mile hike
Ryan and I could not pass up a sunny, mild day to get in one last long hike of the season. We had done part of Pratt Lake Trail in September and decided that Friday was the perfect day to hike the entire thing.
This hike was fun but challenging. The hike out to the lake gained 2300 feet and then descended into the basin – which meant the return hike had to climb 670 feet before our descent through a boulder field. The hike took us just over 5.5 hours, but we took a break for lunch and to rest a bit in the middle.
Also, we finally found out how to tire out our cattle dog labrador mix: hiking up a mountain for 5.5 hours. This is both good news and bad news.
Saturday: Rest Day
I originally intended to run today, but after the long run and the hike, my body needed a complete rest day. I’d rather be slightly undertrained for CIM than overtrained, and hiking miles take a toll on the body just like running miles. I felt the fatigue of the past couple days on my body, but no crazy soreness which I attribute to eating a high amount of nutritious foods (including lots of starchy vegetables and whole grains) on both long effort days.
Sunday: 3 mile run
After watching the New York City Marathon, Ryan and I went to for a short and easy run to shake some life back into our legs. I love watching the big marathons on TV, but right now the huge races have little appeal to me. Both Portland and CIM have about 5000 runners, which is crowded enough for me – enough people to provide that adrenaline and group effect, but not so many where I’d feel claustrophobic.
How was your week in running?
Do you prefer big races or small races?