Done and done.
Just one more really hard Wednesday workout left before the marathon! We aren’t doing speed on Saturday this week (doing a crazy trail adventure where survival is the goal instead), and I kept reminding myself during the workout when my brain was telling me to slow down that this was the only speed of the week so ‘don’t slow down’!!
We started the run off with a 3.5-mile w/u (remember when you are doing workouts, the w/u, c/d, recovery paces don’t matter… focus on the interval paces instead) and then started our first of five intervals.
I wanted to keep things at about marathon pace effort for the first one and work down from there. The roads we did the intervals on were all over the place–> uphill (the entire 3rd interval was uphill), downhill, flat, and rolling. It kept our body guessing, and I kept telling myself that the change in ascent/descent was using all sorts of different muscles, which was helping them stay fresh;)
Averages for the 5 sets–> 6:14, 6:01, 6:39, 5:59, 5:49. The breaks in between were .5 miles but included stopping for the restroom or drinking water.
This is not a normal marathon workout! The most I’ve ever done in a marathon training block is 3 or 4 x 2-mile intervals. I am doing this for my goal of a sub 2:45 at St. George in October.
My legs are officially cooked, and all of the recovery was done afterward.
Let’s talk about fueling before and during the workout–> I ate graham crackers on the way to the workout with Liquid IV (code HUNGRY-RUNNER-GIRL gets you 25% off), and then I took a Maurten with caffeine right before we started the warm-up. I took another Maurten caffeine at mile 6 and a normal Maurten at mile 10. When we finished the workout portion at mile 15.5, I pulled out the strawberry sour patch kids to munch on during the cooldown. With marathon training, I get sick of taking so many gels, so having candy to get in some calories when I don’t need to run fast anymore is my favorite option.
We had a dentist with us running, and he approved and joined in on the candy eating for the cool-down ha.
I brought one of my water bottles to put in the pocket of my shorts, which worked great for my liquids. I also refilled my bottle at a drinking fountain during one of the recoveries.
This Gatorade that my friends planted for us saved us too. It was cold, and it tasted so good.
I had been doing lower body strength workouts with weights on Wednesdays after the workouts, but I’ve decided to stick to more body weight lower body stuff until the marathon. My body can only handle so much right now, but I want to keep things activated and strong too.
I loved this one with Jess:
Now for a few more random things before I let you go on with your day (ps I cannot thank you enough for letting me be a part of your day, it means a lot to me ((and yes, I’m just in an emotional mood today so excuse my cheesiness)).
*A new planner from Target is giving me all of the motivation to get organized.
*I’m ready to hide the bop-it. I hear thus thing way too many hours each day.
*New nails! Lily @ (424) 944-7977 is just the best. She is a single mama and just THE best, so if you are in the area, please go to her!
*Lauren thinks I’m not running enough if I have the energy to curl my hair.
*A Jamba and Great Harvest date with Andrew.
Do you like getting your nails done? How often do you go?
-Lily’s last so long, I only go once a month.
If you ever do this… What do you think is the best candy to eat while running?!
Best Gatorade flavor, in your opinion?
I’d love to hear something random in your life!