It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN!!! (Admit it- you just sang that line). I am in the final month of marathon training and I pretty much hate everything right now. I mean some mornings I wake up super motivated to get out and kill my run and the next morning I could be dragging ass…literally. I’m in and out of a groove, up and down, emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted and pretty much all over the damn place. But it’s the last month of training before the big day and I am so ready for it to be race weekend! (I say that now- on race weekend I’ll most likely be freaking out). Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!
Monday, October 2: Plan- Easy 5 miles, Actual- Easy 5 miles
I think I’m getting used to running the day after my long runs. Getting the lactic acid out of my legs and keeping them moving feels so good. I honestly have come to enjoy the runs following my long runs. It’s going to be weird to not have to do that anymore come next month!
Tuesday, October 3: Plan- 2×3 miles speed, Actual- Rest
Keeping with the switch from Tuesday to Wednesday, I haven’t been doing my runs on Tuesday’s.
Wednesday, October 4: Plan- Rest, Actual- 4 miles tempo
I was supposed to do yesterday’s workout today, but I wasn’t in the mood to do 6 miles, so I cut it to 4. I know, I should have sucked it up and gotten in the full 6. But honestly sometimes I feel like if you’re just not into it you can do yourself more harm than good. So I cut it off after a good 4 mile tempo and called it a day. It was really nice weather this morning though, so that was a great thing! For the first time this season it felt like fall!
Thursday, October 5: Plan- 9 mile tempo, Actual- 9 mile tempo
I nailed this workout. With the exception of a short difficult stretch near mile 8 when I had to run back up the bridge into a nasty headwind (which really turned into a short walk because the wind was so strong I couldn’t run anyway) that messed up my pace, I hit on or close to my goal pace every single mile. I felt pretty badass at the end of this run. Another really nice morning for a run…it was in the low 70s. It felt divine.
Friday, October 6: Plan- Rest day, Actual- Rest day
Today was a sad day for me…first of all it was the day I should have been flying to Chicago to run the marathon. So I was bummed to begin with after that. Then I literally was cussed out and screamed at for no reason by a customer at my job…it’s been a long time since someone treated me with that much disrespect right from the get go. Honestly I don’t understand why some people are so mean…everyone tells me its because they are miserable and need to make everyone else miserable too. But I can’t fathom ever walking into a store and treating a stranger with that much disrespect. My parents raised me better than that. Anyway, we ended up having a date night so it was nice to get out of the house for a bit today after everything that happened. To say it was a rough day was an understatement though.
Saturday, October 7: Plan- 8 miles easy, Actual- 8 miles easy
Well, I wouldn’t say today’s run was “easy” physically, but my pace was in the easy range. Today I just couldn’t get going. My legs didn’t want to work and they hurt pretty much the entire run. It wasn’t until mile 6 that I finally started feeling a little better. I ended up with a good overall pace on my run, but I can’t figure out why my legs felt so crappy this whole time. Some runs are just sucky!
Sunday, October 8: Plan- 10 miles long run, Actual- 6 miles
As of me writing this at the moment, I haven’t yet gone for my 10 miler, but I’m doing an evening run rather than a morning one. Last night I was just so tired that I honestly didn’t feel up to waking up early to go on a run. I decided to go for an evening run instead. What I didn’t bargain on was the fact that all the neighborhoods around here get EXTREMELY dark and have no street lights. So it kind of backfired on me in that I had to cut it short at 6 miles. Well, I didn’t have to but I didn’t feel safe being out by myself at night and to top it off I’m not super familiar with the neighborhood yet and worried about getting lost if I wasn’t with the group I normally run with. Oh well, at least 6 miles is better than no miles right?? And I was rewarded with the gorgeous sky in the pictures…it really was bubble gum pink like that! (I barely had to edit the photo).
This week was a pretty good week in runs. I cut down some of the mileage a few times, but still got all my planned runs in; I didn’t skip any altogether. I’m already almost at 50 miles for the month…oy vey! These are the “hardest” two weeks I’ve heard…when the mileage is at its highest and you’re peaking for training. If I can just get through this next week and a half I’ll be golden!
What part of marathon training is hardest for you?