Here we are in week 13 of training! Only a few more weeks and I get to taper…ahhhh I never thought I would be looking forward to that so much. After a long hard summer of training, I’m ready to run this marathon and take a break! Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the weekly wrap!
Monday, September 25: Plan- 5 miles, Actual- 4.01
Today’s shakeout run with the RunTampa group was really good. I’m really enjoying the Monday evenings with them. Even though it was supposed to be ‘easy’ miles and I ran faster than I have all summer…oh well. I was enjoying myself and my legs felt good. Cut it short at the group turn around though. Pace: 9:54
Tuesday, September 26: Plan- 3×2 mile repeats, Actual- Rest day
Since I’ve been swapping Tuesdays for Wednesdays in this workout plan, I thought I’d stick to it. Pretty much since I work 12 hours most Tuesdays it’s easier for me to not have to worry about running as well.
Wednesday, September 27: Plan- Rest day, Actual- 4.5 miles, mile repeats
At the bridge group this morning, I did 4 mile repeats (9:45, 9:33, 9:50, 9:55) and a 1/2 mile cool down. Felt good for most of the miles, but I’m not sure I could have gotten more in at that pace. That seems to be my cutoff for sub-10…4 miles or less.
Thursday, September 28: Plan- 8 miles @ goal MP, Actual- 8 miles @ (a little faster than) goal MP
I have a hard time slowing myself down. So for this run I actually ran faster than my goal MP (marathon pace). It was a really good run though- I think the best midweek run I’ve had since I started training! Pace: 10:57
Friday, September 29: Plan- Rest, Actual- Rest
Friday’s are my second rest day of the week and I have no problem sticking to that one!
Saturday, September 30: Plan- 6 easy miles, Actual 5.6 easy miles
I ran into a bit of a time crunch as I had to go to work early and couldn’t stay out longer than an hour today, so I got done what I could in that time. Tried a new route through a neighborhood in the Riverview area which wasn’t too bad. That rounded off my monthly miles with 104.71 for September, the second month I’ve hit 100 miles for marathon training. Pace: 11:04
Sunday, October 1: Plan- 16 miles, Actual- 16 miles
Went with a friend from the RunTampa group today and knocked out my second to last long run of this marathon training cycle! I’m honestly so excited about this being my second to last…I have one more 16 miler to get done in two weeks and then I’m done. At least with THIS marathon training cycle…I’m about to add another one after the first and my rest weeks. I felt pretty good this whole run…we started out faster than I was used to (my first four miles came in at 10:45, 10:44, 10:54 and 10:39) and then continued on at a more modest pace (for me) in the 11’s for the remainder of the run. The fact that I can hold that pace for 16 miles when it’s in the 80s gives me a lot of confidence going into this marathon. I know that since I’ve trained over the summer, I’m ready for this race. Even if the weather turns out hot (which I really hope it’s not!) I’ll still be able to finish! I definitely have to remember to pace myself well though- I can’t start out that fast in the marathon itself or I’ll fade quick. Pace: 11:19
This was a really great week in training. I hit some good paces, felt good on *most* if not all of my runs at some point, and really surprised myself with my capabilities speed wise. Let’s hope for another good two weeks to finish out my marathon training cycle before the taper and have a strong race on race morning!
Have you ever surprised yourself late in the marathon training cycle? Ever run faster than you thought you could?