I know that marathon training weeks vary. Some are all kinds of awesome and you nail every workout while others are the complete opposite. Last week was the latter. I’m disappointed, frustrated and starting to get worried with only a few weeks left of training. I don’t feel confident nor do I feel ready in the least.
I talked briefly about my little setback last week and that was one major factor that put a damper on my runs. I didn’t want to push it in terms of speed and I didn’t want to aggravate anything by doing too much distance so my week looked like this:
Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:43
Friday: 3.1 miles @ 8:19
Saturday: 3.56 miles @ 8:40
Sunday: 16 miles -> first 14 @ 8:49, last 2 @ 7:51 (I was supposed to do 5 more at this pace but I quit early)
Total: 26.56 miles
I skipped a tempo run, an interval workout, and cut my long run short by 5 miles. Part of me feels like a failure but another part of me thinks that was all I was able to handle (mentally and physically) last week. My right leg still hurts but for some odd reason, I didn’t feel any pain during Sunday’s long run. The weird thing is that it doesn’t hurt when I put my body weight on it while I’m walking. It hurts while it’s in the air/right before I put my right foot down again. So strange.
One good thing I have to report – I listened to a podcast for the first time during my long run and all I have to say is WOW. Time goes by SO fast!!! I enjoy my peaceful, media-free runs but it was a nice change to have something to listen to. I know I’m late to the party, but I decided to start Serial and it sucked me right in.
My Jabra Sport Pulse wireless headphones are pretty much the best ever. No dangling cords and a nice, snug in-ear fit.
I also just bought myself a new Nathan handheld water bottle because my last one was too small and I’d have to stop at every Starbucks/Running Room/water fountain on my long runs to keep refilling it. This one is quite a bit bigger.
Pros: fits more water (duh), has a big enough zipped pocket to fit my iPhone, iPod, and gels. Cons: all of these things make the water bottle pretty heavy so I have to alternate hands every mile so that my arms/hands don’t get too tired. Or maybe this is a PRO? Weight training + running combined?!
Anyway, this week was supposed to be a “recovery week” for me with some easier runs but I think we are switching things around since last week wasn’t aggressive. I’m craving WORK. I want hard runs and I want to smash them. I don’t know how much progress can be made in a few weeks…or how much confidence can be built…but I know I’m going to have to try real hard because things just don’t feel right. I’ve got today (rest day!) to get my head straight and then it’s back to business.
Congrats to everyone who raced over the weekend!! Many BQs, PRs, and fights to the finish line. Lots to be proud of!! REST and EAT today while you bask in your post-marathon glory!! That’s my plan anyway and I didn’t even run a marathon… 😉