Sunday, December 30, 2012

Marathon Training Week 16 + Weekly Workouts Linkup

I am proud of myself this week for again getting every training run in with Christmas being Tuesday and heading up to Chattanooga Thursday through Sunday. But, at the same time, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get cross training in this week. Though it isn't the end of the world and I'm going to get on the bike tomorrow to make up for it, I still can't shake that.

And I guess this whole "taper blues" that people talk about is starting to sink in. Though this isn't a massive drop in mileage, it's at least 5-10 miles less than I've been doing for the last 15 weeks, and my body feels like it's slacking a little bit. I'm not sure how I'm going to stand it for the next two major cutback weeks. I guess I just have to trust the plan (that I've been doubting quite frequently the last couple of days...someone make me stop).

The runs this week, aside from Friday, were stellar.
The run on Christmas felt hard, but the pace wasn't terrible. 

The tempo run on Wednesday was amazing. That 8:25 pace felt solid, but I didn't feel like I was going to fall over to the side of the road during it or when I was done.

It was Friday's run that stunk a bit. I rescheduled runs while in Chattanooga since it was super cold and my parents live on a mountain. I ran this one on their treadmill, and this 9:47 pace felt harder than the 8:25 pace from Tuesday. I'm not sure if it was the altitude of running on the mountain (is that even possible?), the Christmas treats and carbs I'd been enjoying, or tired legs from the runs before. Whatever it was, the run was embarrassing. 

Today's long run of 12 miles (funny how that just doesn't feel that long) was fantastic. I'd venture to say that it was the best long run of my training plan. I was going to run two miles without music, but I ended up running a little over 8 before putting it in. I took my GU at 8, finished the second part of the route I was on, and was done. It flew by, and my pace felt fantastic. I think it bodes well for what will be happening two weeks from now (that's the marathon, if you didn't know).

This upcoming week is an even bigger step down, and I just hope not to feel worthless.
The only thing I'll do different is cross train Monday to make up for the cross training I didn't do this week.

Linkup your workouts this week with me, Kat, and Genna. They don't have to be running, and you don't have to be training for anything! Just share what you've done!

What workout this week was your best?
Which one are you most proud of?
I'm also linking up with Jill.

6 comments:

Karen said...

Altitudes below 5,000 ft. don't usually put a damper on performance. More likely it was the humidity level, temperature, what you ate, how you slept, etc.....or it could have been that the 4 mi at 8:25/mi took more out of you than you realized.

Honestly, one run doesn't really matter. :) I think you're doing awesome regardless, can't wait to hear how the marathon plays out.

Ashley said...

i'm so proud of you....look how fast you shot back after your surgery!! so excited for you. i think 2013 might be the year of the marathon for me! i slacked on training due to a wonky knee!

Allison said...

I'm so excited for you! The race is so close!! I'm in awe of you for mostly training alone, your determination is inspiring! Enjoy the taper, you've worked hard to get here!

20 Going on 80 said...

Good for you on the marathon! That's on my to-dos this summer :)

Question: What app is that first photo from? I'm looking for one!

Taylor said...

Yay you're so close now! I'm excited for you; I always got excited for Disneys marathon weekend even though I never attended it! I always knew a bunch of people who were.
I know exactly what you mean this week about a slower pace feeling especially hard. My long run Saturday was the worst pace I've seen in a while and it killed my spirit. Hopefully I can make up for it soon!!

CooperD said...

I love how you this 8 miles might possibly be 'worthless' this week! Isn't it crazy what training does to your mind. When I was training for the half I felt like 8 miles would be so easy too. Now if I went to do 8 I would think it was SO LONG! I can't believe how soon the race is, you're going to do awesome :)