Marathon Week is finally here! I can hardly believe it!
Eighteen-plus weeks of training. Hundreds of miles run. Hours of yoga and cross-training logged.
I am ready. I have to be ready.
Here’s how last week shaped up:
- Monday: Yoga 2.45-mile walk, 41:51/17:05 pace. Completed late afternoon, about 4:30 p.m.
The weather was beautiful, so I opted for a walk, rather than yoga.
Bonus: Mowing the lawn — 40 min.
- Tuesday: 4-mile run — 4.08 miles, 38:22/9:25 pace. Completed while the girls took their afternoon nap, about 12:30 p.m.
Again, the weather was beautiful, so I tested out my new playlist and ran in our neighborhood.
Bonus: 1.33 miles walking (to the store and back home) — 23:13/17:25 pace; 1.29 miles walking (around the park) — 22:51/17:40 pace
Zumbaelliptical trainer — 20 min. + Zumba video — 20 min.
I actually made it to the gym and got the girls into child care, but Zumba was canceled, so I hopped on the elliptical machine. I didn’t have on my usual running or cross-training shoes, and I didn’t have my headphones, so I kept my workout short for the afternoon and did a Zumba video from YouTube after the girls were asleep for the night.
- Thursday: 6-mile run – 6.24 miles, 1:03:50/10:13 pace. Completed while the girls took their afternoon nap, about 12:30 p.m.
This run was a bit tough. I felt slow and sluggish. But I pressed on. RunKeeper alerted me that my pace hovered around 10:00 per mile, and it reminded me that it does, in fact, feel slower than 9:00 per mile. I would like to run about 10:00 (or a wee bit slower) miles for the marathon, so I needed to be very conscious of how that feels and remember it come Saturday.
- Friday: Body Pump — 45 min.
I made my return to Body Pump, because I only had 8 miles on the docket the next day. We are on yet another new release, which means the burning lunge track of weeks prior is gone, but another has taken its place. We did squats and lunges, but instead of the back track, we did the biceps and triceps track, which was such a nice addition to the class.
- Saturday: 8-mile run – 7.92 miles, 1:24:02/10:26 pace. Completed in the morning, about 9:45 a.m.
Oh my goodness. This run was very, very humid, and thus, very, very tough for this asthmatic. It had rained much of the day and night before, then warmed up in the early morning, so the air was wet and thick and the environment was just sticky.
We ran on the local trails, which go through areas dense with trees and foliage, where the humidity just lingers in the air. We popped out and finished up across the dam and then back through our neighborhood, which is much more open, where the breeze could pass through.
For the conditions, our splits were pretty good: 9:41, 10:37, 10:25, 10:40, 10:40, 11:34 (walk break), 10:40.
- Sunday: rest
On the docket for this week:
- Yesterday – 3-mile run — 3.1 miles, 31:25/10:07 pace. Completed in the afternoon, about 2:30 p.m., with the girls in the stroller.
We had to take both vehicles in for oil changes over naptime, so I opted to run with the girls in the stroller, after they got up from their nap.
Talk about a workout! The wind was gusting pretty significantly. Plus, the girls combined weigh more than 40 pounds, and the stroller weighs another 20-ish pounds. I forgot just how tough it is to push the jogging stroller and run at the same time. I got my money’s worth for this one.
- Tuesday – yoga
- Wednesday – 4-mile run
- Thursday – rest
- Friday – rest
- Saturday – BAYSHORE MARATHON