FOUR DAYS until the big day!!
My stomach felt terrible (but it won’t by this Saturday… gotta love being a girl:) so I took it nice and easy for my 7 miles @8:51 average pace. I just listened to music and ran along the same roads that I’ve done most of my training on the last few months and thought about all of the previous miles leading up to the race.
On our way to school (Andrew was driving) Brooke said to me, “You know mom…I understand why you like naps so much, they really are the best.” We just get each other now on this topic.
Just the normal ‘before school starts’ photo.
Andrew and I were out getting a bunch of things done all morning and then chick-fil-a just sounded like a need on the way home. Their sauce is everything and so are their fries and their wraps.
The rest of the day was filled with the normal stuff along with TJ’s Halloween cookies.
And a new swing for the kids.
Time for a few TANGENTS!!!
*This week feels so much more relaxed to me compared to my normal ‘week before a marathon’ feelings in the past and I’ve been really thinking a lot about why that is. I think the reason for this is simply that I just feel enough no matter what my time says on Saturday. It’s refreshing to feel so calm this time around. I think for so many of my previous marathons I’ve made myself SICK with worry because I was so afraid of failure and feeling like I wasn’t enough if I didn’t accomplish X, Y & Z. With age and life stuff I feel like I’ve finally learned that I’m enough no matter what I accomplish or don’t accomplish so I don’t have this crazy fear of failure for Saturday. I get to just go out and do my thing and love it. I’m not fixated on splits (besides just making sure I am smart and conservative in the first 1/2) and I know my body is ready for my goals. I know I’ve done the training and controlled the things I can control so now I just get to go run and do what I love to do. No matter what happens I’m going to be proud of myself for finishing a marathon 10 months after having Skye. I’m proud of my training and how hard I’ve worked and I know that those things are going to translate into my dream times so for 26.2 miles I’ll fight for it and soak in the experience that I feel so lucky to get to do.
*“The more discomfort an athlete expects, the more she can tolerate, and the more discomfort she can tolerate the faster she can go.” (Source)
*Actually, I think I need this candy at the finish line… this was made for me.
*Maybe I’m a bad example with my Fresca love.
*The amazing MEGAN is putting together strength training plans for runners! Her plan will include 3 workouts per week with additional core add in if you have the time. We were talking and figuring out how much time a runner usually has per week for strength? If you had 3 strength workouts a week, how much time would you have for each one? I’ll let you know when her plans are available… they are going to be amazing!
*One thing that I love to do before a big race is compare weeks in my training cycle. I like to look at the beginning, somewhere along the way and peak week. Doing this gives me confidence to see how far I’ve come. It reminds me to trust the entire process, including the taper (which is very needed during the taper). Here’s what things have looked like over the last few months. My easy paces have not changed much (so I took those out to make this not a monster post but my easy paces were usually ranging between 8:20-9:00 throughout the process) but the long runs, weekly mileage and workouts have changed. PS when I am starting a training cycle I just focus on the week I am in… it’s overwhelming to start marathon training and see a 20 miler weeks ahead when you are starting off.
Rewind to 3 months ago as of this week and my workouts (not including easy runs) looked like:
Wednesday: 7.86 miles @ 7:42 average. 3 times 600m, 3 x 400m, 3 x 300m, 3 x 200m with equal recoveries and my paces ranged from 6:20 for the 600m down to 5:40 for the 200m intervals. I remember this workout almost killed me.. it was tough.
Saturday: 11 miles @ 8:17 average.
44.11 miles for the week.
Rewind now to a month ago:
Tuesday: 10.17 miles total. Track workout!
2 mile w/u, 2 miles @ 6:31, 3 minutes walking, 1 mile @ 6:00, 3 minutes walking, 2 miles @ 6:26, 3 minutes walking, 1 mile @ 6:01, 2 mile c/d
Saturday: 20.1 miles. 10 w/u, 7 miles @ 6:47, 3 mile cool-down. 7:27 average!
57.27 miles for this week.
Rewind to peak week (2.5 weeks) ago:
Tuesday: 13 miles @ 6:59 average. 1 mile w/u, 4 miles @ 7:06, 1 minute @ 6:17-6:26 and 1 minute @ 7:10-7:25 repeat for 3.54 miles, 3 miles @ 6:43, 6:43, 6:29, 1.46 mile c/d
Saturday: 22.2 miles @ 7:47 average. 1400 ft of UP.
62.4 miles total for this week.
OCTOBER 6th:_________________ (<— I can’t wait to fill that part out).
If you are gearing up for a race don’t forget to look back at your training and congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come. Humans love progress so take a look at how you’ve progressed over the weeks/months training for your next big race! This is one of the many reasons I love running… we see growth and change in ourselves!
PS I love this below quote a lot because while I love to see how far I’ve come over a training cycle, I also love to avoid comparing training cycles from different times of life… be your best in this moment!
If you run and strength train (or want to start adding strength training to your workouts)… how much time could you budget in for 3 strength workouts a week? 20 minutes, 30-45, more or less?
Favorite thing to order at chic-fil-a?
Have any tangents to share?
Has your training or racing felt any different lately?