Training Recap: March 21-27

As weird and meh as my last training recap was, this week was the total opposite. All my runs were pretty darn spectacular, and it was one of those weeks that reminds me why I do this whole marathon training thing. So let’s recap!

Monday, March 21
6 miles at recovery pace with the Joe to Go crew which went about as well as a recovery run can go: slow, but felt better at the end than I did when we started. In the afternoon, I got my stability work in: single leg balances, single leg calf raises, single leg squats, lunges, squats, sit-ups, and bridges (regular, single leg and extended).

Tuesday, March 22
Rest day! Did my core work in the morning: sit-ups, leg raises, scissors, bicycles, clamshells, push-ups and planks.

Wednesday, March 23
10 miles in the morning, with lots of roving aches, but calf pain was gone! And the roving aches certainly didn’t hold me back. Typically my midweek long run is about a 9:00 pace, but this morning I somehow managed an 8:30 overall pace!

6 miles in the evening in some warm, windy conditions. Somehow ended up running 30 seconds per mile faster than I typically aim to do my afternoon recovery run, so I went to bed with fingers crossed that it wouldn’t affect my Thursday morning speed workout.

Thursday, March 24
8 miles of speedwork on the treadmill in the morning. Paced 8:11 overall, and I decided to try out a wave tempo workout, which I got from this post from NYC Running Mama. My “wave” miles were 7:44, 7:43, 7:41 and 7:40, so spot on! Vascilated between 7:20-7:30 for the half marathon pace half-miles and 7:53-8:00 for marathon pace half-miles. I thought I was going to die on the first wave, but by the last one,  I was feeling strong!

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6 miles in the evening with my Pacers store group. We went surprisingly fast and somehow my legs still felt really fresh despite running 30 miles over two days. Great way to end the double down midweek block!

Friday, March 25
Rest day! I did my core work in the morning: sit-ups, bicycles, Russian twists, modified Supermans, bridges, planks, push-ups, lunges and squats.

I did run ONE mile though to try out three pairs of shorts. I would run a lap around my apartment complex and then dash back inside to change shorts. I tried Oiselle Toolbelt Rogas (size 6 and 4) and must be between sizes; the size 6 barely stayed up no matter how tight I cinched the drawcord, and the size 4 felt like I was flashing my butt cheeks to my neighbors. Then I tried on a pair of Oiselle Distance shorts that I’ve been bumming around in for months, and they worked surprisingly well! I vowed to try them on my Saturday run. (I will probably end up writing a blog post about my shorts crisis which required the trying on of 3 pairs of shorts and dashing in and out of my building… sooner than later. I have a lot of opinions about women’s running shorts!)

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Tried the Distance shorts with my singlet… and then ordered a second pair in a color that matches a little better!

Saturday, March 26
8 miles with some of the Pacers crew down on the New Jersey Marathon course. We ran 4 miles up from the finish and back. We ran back to the finish against a headwind, which is probably going to be the same case for race day, so it was really good practice. Now I’ll have a clear picture in my head for pre-race visualization practice. I wore the Oiselle Distance shorts (with generous amounts of Vaseline, just in case) and they worked out great! No chafing, and plenty of storage: I put my phone in the rear pocket and could have comfortably put at least 3 gels in the side pocket. I felt really fast in them too, which is a bonus! I ended up pacing 7:58 which is pretty much ideal marathon pace, and my last mile was a 7:23 against the headwind… all good morale boosters!

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Sunday, March 27
16 miles, with the last 4 at marathon/half marathon pace tempo. Paced the first 12 nice and easy at a chatty 8:30 pace with a running buddy, and then did the last 4 miles at a 7:30-7:50 pace. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off a tempo pace after running at race pace the day before, but I surprised myself by pushing to a 7:29 on the final mile despite some killer (short and steep) uphills on the road back to my apartment. 16 miles is sort of my favorite training distance — long, but not too long — and this was definitely the fastest I’ve ever run the distance, at just 2:13 and change. It felt great!

Total miles: 61 excellent miles!

All in all, this was a great, confidence-building training week. Every day was rated a smiley face in my training log. My right calf isn’t 100%, but it isn’t holding me back and it gets better every day with foam rolling and massage. I’m embarking on a big cutback this week; my last 4 weeks have all been 58-61 miles, and this next week will be just 40 miles, ending the week with the Caesar Rodney half marathon, which has been my goal HM all season. I’m really excited to see how hard I can run on Sunday!

(All pictures from my instagram!)

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