When I posted my previous update last Sunday evening, I was somewhere above Colorado en route from Falmouth back to Eugene. I wrote about how much I was looking forward to finally sleeping in my own bed and getting back to a regular routine. Well, United Airlines had other plans for me. Rather than arriving in Eugene late Sunday night, I didn’t make it back until Monday afternoon around 3:30pm thanks to 2 cancelled flights and a lengthy delay on flight #3.
Certainly not the most ideal way to kick-off the biggest training week of my marathon block, but some things are out of your control. Running 150 miles in a week is hard enough, so I wasn’t thrilled about beginning the week unnecessarily behind schedule. I readjusted my goals for the week and chose to turn my focus to my two main workouts and if I ended up reaching my mileage goals, then great.
What followed this week, surprised even me. I went to do my hill circuit in Hendrick’s Park on Wednesday and ended up doing the most repeats I’ve ever done before (13 loops) then yesterday’s 30-mile long run / workout ended up being probably the best workout of my life. The plan was to try and run 30 miles as follows: miles 1-5: easy, relaxed; miles 6-16: @ 6:00 pace; miles 17-18, relaxed; miles 19-24, alternating 5:00 / 6:00; miles 25-28, @ 5:10 average; 29-30, easy. As you can see below, it went pretty much as scripted…maybe even better than planned. 30 miles @ 5:53 pace, with the last 12 averaging ~5:30 — now that’s a marathon workout! Being able to nail a workout like this gives me a lot of confidence as the Chicago Marathon draws nearer. Most importantly though, I woke up this morning feeling fine and the legs were good for an easy 14 miles.
And despite the rough start to my week, I ended up reaching my goal of running 150 miles (*as long as I make it out the door for my afternoon run). A lesson in life: you can either complain about the cards your dealt or you can work your ass off to change the narrative of the story that’s being written. You get to control your attitude and outlook; make them performance enhancers, not inhibitors.
I became tougher this week. And a better runner. One step closer to a breakthrough in Chicago.
|Distance||Split||Time||Elevation Gain||Elevation Loss|
|Monday||OFF||16 miles; 45 mins S&C||16|
|Tuesday||14 miles||7 miles||21|
|Wednesday||4 mile warmup. 13 x Hendrick’s Hill Loop. 5 mile cooldown. 15 miles total.||7 miles||22|
|Thursday||13 miles; 45 mins S&C||8 miles||21|
|Friday||13 miles||7 miles||20|
|Saturday||30 mile long run / workout||OFF||30|
|Sunday||14 miles||6 miles||20|