So Marathon Monday is going up early this week! I leave for Vegas this evening and have no intention of blogging while I’m away…but I still wanted to share this week’s training before I take off!
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been lacking a little bit of confidence during this training cycle. It’s not that things are horrible, it’s just that I thought I’d be progressing differently. My tempo runs don’t seem to be much faster than they were when I was training for Phoenix and my long runs have been a struggle. I hate to admit it, but dropping to the half marathon distance crossed my mind several times (and still does). I told myself I’d complete a couple more weeks of marathon training to see how I feel and then make a decision. So that’s where I’m at right now. I’ve completed my first “test week” and I’m happy to report that things actually went pretty well.
Tuesday: 6.22 miles (tempo)
Wednesday: 3.11 miles
Thursday: 8.06 miles (intervals)
Friday: 4 miles easy
Sunday 17.5 miles
Total: 38.89 miles
I cut my tempo run short this week so I ran the extra miles on Wednesday…but other than that, all of my runs went the way they were supposed to. My long run this morning was a HUGE confidence boost. Last week I ran 15 miles and it sucked in very way possible. Today I woke up late and dehydrated (turns out eating BBQ chips for dinner the night before a long run isn’t a good idea) but I also woke up READY and POSITIVE and HAPPY and EXCITED to run. I knew that if I wanted it to be successful, I had to have a different outlook.
I had a plan. I am really crazy when it comes to pace on long runs and so I wanted to ensure I ran today based on EFFORT and FEEL. I wanted it to be enjoyable and comfortable so I did something I’ve never done – I set my watch so that the only thing on my display was DISTANCE. Guys, this is the best thing ever. I had my strongest and most consistent long run to date. The only time I saw my pace was after each mile when my watch would beep, and it only showed me my pace for the mile I just completed. I had no idea what my average was and I did. not. care.
I ended up running my 17.5 miles at an 8:32 average pace, with my last 4 miles (somehow) being the fastest – 8:16, 8:13, 8:08, 8:05. Not quite sure how this happened as it wasn’t my intention, but I’m super happy with it and desperately NEEDED this run to get my mind back in the game. I’m learning that mental training is just as (if not MORE) important than physical training. Your legs will always take you as far as you need to go, it’s your mind that will quit first and tell you that you can’t go on.
I just wanted to share this with you because I know that training is not always unicorns and rainbows (for any of us). We all experience highs and lows but luckily the lows don’t last forever. If you’re struggling, try new things (like changing your watch to distance only!) and work on the mental part of training. See if that helps!! It worked wonders for me and I’m hoping it carries through over the next few weeks. I know things won’t be flawless but I know what I need to do in order to make things better.
Also – coconut water after a long run is absolutely wonderful. I never used to like the taste of pure coconut water but I love it now. So refreshing (plus it contains high levels of electrolytes = win)! This one from Thirsty Buddha has tiny pieces of pulp in it!
I think that’s it for now! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already. I’ll be emailing the winner tomorrow! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!