Well, if you’ve been following my blog for more than the past couple of days, you already know that this week wasn’t the best for me in terms of training. The silver lining is that the injury scare seems to have been just that, a scare, and the week ended with a great race effort and a huge PR (my first of the year!) Me thinks that this can only mean great things for Boston, even if the mileage total wasn’t nearly where I expected it to be.
Week #13 (3/2-3/8)
What I Planned:
Tempo Run: 10 total miles with 7 tempo miles at 6:30 pace
Recovery Run: 8 miles at easy pace
Marathon Paced Run: 16 miles at 6:52 min/mi pace
General Aerobic Run: 8 miles at 7:05 pace
NY Colon Cancer 15K Race: 9.3 miles at race pace
Total week 13 distance planned: 51.3 miles
What I Ran:
Tues – Tempo Run: 10.6 miles with 7.1 tempo miles at 6:21 pace
Wed – Recovery Run: 8.6 miles at 7:05 pace
Sat – General Aerobic Run: 7.1 miles at 6:58 pace
Sun – NY Colon Cancer 15K: 9.3 miles at 6:19 pace
Total week 13 distance: 35.5 miles; avg pace – 6:45 min/mi
How I Ran:
So, if you already read my injury account here, and my path to recovery and racing here, then you pretty much already know how I ran this past week. Although I cringed a bit as I was crunching the numbers, it really wasn’t as bad as it would initially appear. Considering that I ran 10+ miles more than I was supposed to the previous week, and missed essentially only one long run even as I was actively recovering, I am pretty confident that sitting out for an extra day last week was the right move…which, if you could imagine, felt like torture for me! In the big scheme of things, I think I’m going to just chalk up last week as a step down week, take the hammy strain as a reminder of the danger of overtraining beyond one’s capabilities and just move on. I consider myself fortunate that I only lost a couple of days of training through all of this and so far seems like there’ll be no negative consequences on my running going forward. Whew, crisis averted!
Looking ahead, there’s just one more 20 miler, one more long marathon paced run and one more long tempo run culminating in the final 50+ mile training week for me before the taper. And you know what, for once, I’m actually looking forward to the challenge of the quantity as well as the quality.
So as I say to my previous self who made this schedule way back when thinking half-heartedly that I'd NEVER make it this far... Bring. It. On.
Have a great week of running in this first official week of spring everyone!