It’s officially taper time, people! I ran my last 20-miler this week and logged a total of 41 miles to finish off my peak mileage weeks. The marathon is three weeks from today and I can say with confidence (after a GREAT long run) that I am ready to take on Big Sur. Seriously, I can’t wait. Here were my workouts this week:
Monday- Cross-training day with 50 minutes of Vinyasa Yoga at work.
Tuesday- 3-miles easy in 26:30, 8:50/mile.
I ran after work today on the treadmill. I took it really easy because I had a really long day and just wanted to get it done and go home. My splits:
Mile 1 – 8:57
Mile 2 – 8:57
Mile 3 – 8:40
Wednesday- Run 1- 10th Street Hill workout, 5.11 miles in 48:04, 9:24/mile.
Run 1 of 2- I was not excited to do this hard hill workout because I was running it by myself for the first time but honestly, it went SO well! I only had to walk twice, which was a huge improvement for me. I took it easy going up and kept my stride short and head down. Although breathing was hard with the wind and allergies, my legs felt good. Splits:
Mile 1 – 8:35/mile
Mile 2 – 11:11/mile (this begins the ascent so there was some walking)
Mile 3 – 10:19/mile (more hill)
Mile 4 – 8:34/mile
Mile 5 – 8:33/mile
Mile 6 – 7:54/mile (for 0.11)
Total ascent: 554 feet
Run 2 of 2- 2 miles in 17:20, 8:37/mile.
I did my second run on the treadmill after work. It was quick, easy and painless, just the way I like it!
Mile 1 – 8:40/mile
Mile 2 – 8:32/mile
Strength training with the Oiselle Dirty Dozen workout.
Thursday- 6 miles in 55:42, 9:16/mile.
I took it really easy on this run and went with my roommate. It was really nice though because we went running after work and took a different route down on a rail trail near the river. Overall I felt good but my ankles were a little sore, probably from yesterday’s intense workout. My splits:
Mile 1 – 9:37
Mile 2 – 9:08
Mile 3 – 8:50
Mile 4 – 9:00
Mile 5 – 9:39
Mile 6 – 9:29
Friday- Rest and foam roll like cray cray.
Saturday- 20-mile long, slow distance in 3:07:00, 9:20/mile.
This was my last really long run of Big Sur Marathon training and it went flawlessly. I think with this run I finally nailed my fueling strategy and mental strategy. Make it to each 5-mile mark, fuel and then make it to the next 5-mile mark. I made my route a bit extra hilly this time too to make sure I was fully prepped for Big Sur. My pace was steady for the most part, besides getting a little slower around some of the really big hills in the middle. I finished really strong though so I was really proud of myself for that! Here are my splits:
(1) 9:39 (2) 9:01 (3) 9:02 (4) 9:14 (5) 9:22 (6) 9:35 (7) 9:23 (8) 9:14 (9) 9:45 (10) 9:28 (11) 9:44 (12) 9:41 (13) 9:19 (14) 9:25 (15) 9:35 (16) 9:57 (17) 9:19 (18) 9:17 (19) 9:08 (20) 8:49
Sunday- 4-mile recovery run in 36:00, 9:00/mile.
My legs felt pretty dead when I woke up after my 20-miler on Saturday but I had an easy shakeout run on the schedule. I went for a run on the trail with my roommate and once we got running my legs felt a little better. We maintained a conservative pace and then went for brunch so overall it was a really great day!
Mile 1 – 9:07/mile
Mile 2 – 8:53/mile
Mile 3 – 8:58/mile
Mile 4 – 9:04/mile
20 minutes of Yoga for Recovery sesh.
Total mileage: 40 miles.
See all training recaps here.