The last big workout is done! We did 7 x our mostly downhill mile repeats. We love doing these 10ish days before a marathon because it is a great opportunity to get the legs to turnover fast without putting too much of an aerobic effort in. I averaged a 5:37 for these (I started at 5:40 and went down to 5:35) and felt very in control of the pace.
15.28 miles @ 7:07 pace total. 2ish mile w/u, .7 mile recoveries after each repeat, 2ish mile c/d.
Nothing like sitting in actual sunlight after a workout. It was so healing. Our area is supposed to heat up drastically next week, so now we are worried about flooding because of how much snow is in our mountains. Really hoping it doesn’t warm up too much, too soon.
*I notice my ankles have weakened since I haven’t been on the trails for so long. I feel them on tight turns or bumps. I need to work on ankle mobility and strength because I am not getting it anymore from the trails like I normally do.
*I don’t even flinch taking a Maurten gel anymore. My body is so used to taking several of them each week that it is just normal now. If you have a hard time with gels, the more you practice, the easier it will become.
*Perceived effort is such an interesting thing to me. 6 out of 7 of my MTC miles were with someone next to me, right in front of me, or right behind me. Those felt so controlled and easyish. For a few of them, we were talking the entire time. I did one alone (#6), and it felt much harder than the ones with people next to me. It’s crazy how much of a difference I feel alone vs. someone close. Thank goodness I’ll be near people for every step in Boston. I have a friend that will stay with me for the first 15 too, so I am excited about that.
*All of our hamstrings felt it during the workout because of how cold it was. 18°. I didn’t wear shorts which was shocking to my friends.
*A few of my friends keep their shoes so loose they can slip their feet in and out of them without retying them. They do tighten them when they do speed. I tie my shoes abnormally tight for each run.
I don’t have any Friday Favorites this week because I can’t even find anything in our house ha, but here is how our day in Midway looked:
Donuts at Judy’s —> best Apple fritter ever.
Does your watch give you accurate race predictions?
Do you tie your shoes loose, medium, or tight?
What are you looking forward to this weekend?
What’s for breakfast today?