Marathon of a training week

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
1 mile 1 06:51.1 24
1 mile 2 06:40.1
1 mile 3 06:41.5 10
1 mile 4 06:30.0 7
1 mile 5 06:14.7 5
1 mile 6 05:59.7 3 8
1 mile 7 06:02.9 32 34
1 mile 8 06:02.4 20 65
1 mile 9 05:51.5 56
1 mile 10 05:52.6 9
1 mile 11 05:44.3
1 mile 12 05:54.6 7 11
1 mile 13 05:55.3 9
1 mile 14 05:52.5
1 mile 15 05:53.6 24 29
1 mile 16 05:54.5 16 76
1 mile 17 06:07.1 64
1 mile 18 05:59.4 9 12
1 mile 19 04:56.6 5
1 mile 20 05:55.9 6
1 mile 21 04:59.1
1 mile 22 05:56.4 6
1 mile 23 04:50.5 11 13
1 mile 24 06:17.3 20 75
1 mile 25 05:17.5 52 23
1 mile 26 05:07.3 27
1 mile 27 05:08.7 5 10
1 mile 28 05:06.2 2
1 mile 29 06:19.3 6 3
1 mile 30 06:13.3
0.01 31 :04.2
30.01 Summary 56:20.0 389 407
5:53 avg.

 

8/18-24 AM PM Total
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
150

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    Maurice Bélanger

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    Always thanks for sharing. It’s a real boost. You write about your running like you are self-coached , if it’s the case, that’s great. You know where you’re going and you know why. All the best!

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    Tony Mollica

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    Once you are done with making the US Olympic team, you might want to consider running ultras. Your 50K time would be smoking fast!

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