It’s Marathon Monday! I wrote a quick blurb on my Instagram page about what this day means to me. Good luck to everyone racing in Boston today!
15 weeks down and three to go. This past week was by far my biggest week since I started running! I am feeling so good right now and can not wait to race! Let’s look back at what happened this past week.
[ week 15 / 3 weeks until the Mississauga Marathon ]
Monday – Recovery Day.
Tuesday – W15D02 – Steady Run – 13.5 kilometers/1:02:03/4:36 pace. The runs this week are a little longer, which means I really need to plan them out. There’s usually a small window between getting coming home from work, walking my dogs, and picking up my son from aftercare for my runs. With a 14km run scheduled today, I was fortunate enough not to have any late meetings. I also forgot to unpause my Garmin for 500m, so I ended up with 13.5km! I also ran a tad quicker than I should have!
Wednesday – W15D03 – Workout. I did this workout last week and forgot the last part of it. Even without that last part, it’s a tough workout! I did my workout in the cemetery today. It’s so peaceful running through there; there’s just a number of tight turns you need to navigate when your workouts stretch over 800 meters! After running yesterday’s steady run a little quicker than I should have, I was not sure I would have the legs for today’s workout. Thankfully, I was wrong and I felt great!
Workout: 2 x (1000m, 2:00 rest | 800m, 2:00 rest | 400m, 1:00 rest | 200m, 4:00 rest), 4 x 100m, 100m jog
Thursday – W15D04 – Recovery Run – 12.0 kilometers/59:53/4:59 pace. Slowing down for recovery runs is one thing, but when it’s a 12 kilometer recovery run and you have things to do that don’t involve running, it can be very easy to speed up! Thankfully I kept it nice and light today! I didn’t notice any issues with my legs feeling heavy after two days of hard running; that’s a good sign, right?
Friday – W15D05 – Workout. Today’s workout consisted of a light warm-up, 7 kilometers at marathon pace, and a light cool-down. I took the bookends fairly light, but did go a little quicker in the marathon pace section. I ended up running between marathon pace and half marathon pace. I still have a lot to learn about pacing!
Saturday – W15D06 – Easy Run – 8 kilometers/40:08/5:00 pace. Easy run today and I kept the pace nice and light. I caught some flak for posting such a serious photo on Instagram today, but I’ll chalk it up to being in the zone and ready to go! Feeling really solid after a big week and I still have a long run tomorrow!
Sunday – W15D07 – Long Run – 32.4 kilometres/2:30:04/4:38 pace. WOW! What a run! Dom and I ran together for our last long ass run of this marathon training plan. Since Coach Colin called for segments of the run to be done at marathon pace and faster than marathon pace, we decided to take the run down to the Martin Goodman Trail. The plan for today’s run was to complete the first 10km at easy pace, the next 10km at marathon pace, the third 10km at easy pace, and the final 2km at faster than marathon pace. I felt great the entire time and when it came time to the last 2 kilometers, I still had enough energy to drop a 4:17/km and 4:25/km pace! In the past, I dreaded these long runs, but today, I embraced it!
Dom also had an amazing run which really has me hopeful for what we can do in three weeks!
I closed the week out with the highest kilometers I ever ran in my life. This week was such a confidence booster! I can’t wait for race day!
Total kilometers this week – 86.8
Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!
I’m off to track a bunch of amazing people run the 2017 Boston Marathon!