Week 15 of Marathon Training has come and gone, and here I sit writing another recap. I mentioned last week that it seems like sometimes the runs are long but the weeks are short. This would be another of those weeks. This was the last big training week of the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Plan that I’ve been following. I’m going to write a whole review on the plan when I finish the actual marathon. This week was another big week with 35 miles total, but it is the last week that I’m over 30 miles in this training program. Taper has started!
This is what this week looked like:
The Tuesday run was a Fartlek run, so I’m not sure if it should be considered my pace run for the week or speed training. I didn’t get in a pace run this week even though I was supposed to, because my hip got all funky on me on Tuesday after that run.
I decided to take Wednesday off to give it a rest, but since I like to follow my plan, I just moved my other five mile run to Friday since I didn’t want to miss a planned day.
Thursday and Friday’s five milers were nice runs, and Friday’s at 9:13 pace felt especially easy. It gave me a lot of confidence about where this plan has taken me. All of my runs were outside this week, and though the weather has been unpredictable, who knows what marathon day will bring! I want to be ready for hot or cold.
My twenty miler yesterday was pretty awesome. My splits were consitently in the 9:30s, 9:40s, and 9:50s, and the only mile above 10:00 was mile one! It was the perfect warmup mile. I haven’t uploaded my splits onto my computer yet, but I did check through them all while ice bathing yesterday after the run. I ran the first 7.5 without music and without stopping. Then I stopped at a gas station to get water and take my first Honey Stingers. From there I turned on a podcast and ran the next 4 without stopping except at crosswalks to check for cars. After seeing 11.5 and knowing that I still had 9.5 to go, it was a mental battle. Because I was by myself I struggled a bit too with boredom and getting mind over matter. I stopped to readjust and mentally prepare myself to push through, then I saw an old BodyPump instructor run by, and that gave me the motivation I needed to run to mile 14 without stopping. I walked for a second there, then turned and ran back to mile 14.7 where there was a Starbucks. I didn’t carry water, so I stopped at the Starbucks to get water to take my GU with. I saw one of Tim’s friends, so I chatted for a second, and then it was go time. The last 5.3 miles were mentally the hardest, with the last one being the hardest by far. I ran the rest of the way home, but stopped cold for about 10 seconds twice to give myself a break. There was no walking, but there was stopping. Somehow that mentally helps me push through to the next piece of the run.
All in all, it was a beautiful run. I was happy to be out there, it was chilly but I dressed appropriately, and when I finished I knew my next “long runs” were 12 then 8, though that sounds a lot less challenging after all the 17s, 18s, and 20s that I’ve done. I did learn a few weekends ago to respect the distance though. I’m not going to view 12 as short just yet.
Today we’re headed to Busch Gardens, where I’m planning on wearing my Garmin to track walking mileage to count for cross-training.
For this upcoming week, here’s what it looks like:
I’ll have to shake some things around with Christmas being this week. I’m also headed to Chattanooga on Thursday to be with my family until Sunday, but I already know from Thanksgiving week that I’ll still get in all of my runs.
The marathon is three weeks from today!
How were your runs/workouts this week? Linkup your recaps below!