I want to apologize in advance for the lack of pictures in this post. I didn’t realize that I really dropped the ball on picturing taking this week, until it was too late! Oh well!!
This week’s long run was part of my “recovery/easy” week. At the beginning of my marathon training I had printed out a training plan from Runner’s World (free) Smart Coach that I have used to train for all my races I have ever done. I knew at the beginning I wasn’t going to follow the plan EXACTLY and would adjust the schedule accordingly. It was about a month or so ago, that I started following my hubby’s “training plan”, it seemed logical and made sense. I do still use my original plan for my weekday runs, but on my long runs on Sundays I am having an “easy” long run every 3rd Sunday. For example, this coming Sunday I am going to run 18 miles (YIKES!!), following Sunday 18 again and the Sunday after that will only do 10-12 miles. Of course, if I feel like I need to change the length based on how I am feeling I will do so, but so far I have been able to finish all my scheduled long runs during this training. I haven’t decided if I want to do my 20 miler 2 or 3 weeks out from the race. Any thoughts or advice? Should I run (2) 20-milers before the marathon?
Total miles run this week: 17
This month (August): 74
Year to date: 440
10 mile run (Sunday “easy” run)
I never thought I would be able to say a 10 miler is my easy run! I think back to when I was training for all my half marathons and how hard it was to run even a 6 miler and now I am running double digits every Sunday. It has taken me a long time to get to this point and it is something I never thought was possible.
1 mile sprint (for time)
It has been years since I have done a timed 1 mile sprint. I was feeling good on Tuesday so instead of doing my 3-4 miler I substituted a 1 mile sprint. I was a little disappointed in myself because I felt like I could have gotten a faster time if I would have picked up the pace sooner than I did. I was under 8 minutes, but not by much. I know to most of you runners, your average pace is my fastest 1 miler, but it felt good to see how far I could push myself for that 1 mile.
6 mile run
Earlier in the week I made another trip to my local running store (Fleet Feet) for 2 reasons. One reason being I needed to load up on more gels/chews/Nuun. The second reason was to see if I needed some inserts for my shoes. Since I have been running in my new shoes (Brooks Ghost 6) I have been experiencing some discomfort when go past 5-6 miles. I notice the pain when I go on runs that last 6+ miles and the pain will come and go for several miles. The pain wasn’t consistent but it would really affect me on my really long runs. The employee at Fleet Feet had me try on a couple different inserts and then she trimmed them down to fit my shoe. Of course I couldn’t tell if they were really going to work until I went on my next run. I normally don’t like going to Fleet Feet during the week because then I have to bring Z along and he just ruins the whole experience (sorry Z!), but they had a whole tub of toys for kids to play with while their parents shopped. That made the trip much more tolerable. This run was my first one with my new inserts and I had absolutely NO PAIN!! Hopefully, this is a good sign for tomorrow’s 18 miler!!
Yoga into Shape
I took my 2nd yoga class this week! This one was geared more towards strength training and muscle-building. I didn’t sweat as much as the first class, but still got a great workout. I also did my first ever Wheel (or full backbend) Yoga pose! I didn’t think I could ever do it, I am not flexible at all!! Obviously, this is not a picture of me. I don’t look that good while practicing yoga. I don’t think anyone wants to see me while in yoga class, I am quite a hot mess!! I just wanted to show you a visual of what the pose looks like for those of you who haven’t taken yoga yet, which I highly recommend you change that!
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Do you have to wear inserts too in your running shoes?
Any fun plans for the rest of the weekend?