Monday: Full Rest I was surprisingly not tired or sore from the hefty 20 miles earlier, but still felt it was probably best to let my body fully recover and take the rest day and actually rest. I don’t love running more than when I’m on a full rest day.
Tuesday: Track Day! I was so excited to get to the track for this workout. I was also a little intimidated by the workout and felt tempted to modify it – but I’m glad I didn’t. I started a lot earlier than I would have since I had a job interview in the early afternoon and needed to be done & showered with plenty of time. It was rather cold, about 25 degrees, so I decided to do a longer (4 miles), slightly hilly warm up through the backroads around the school before heading down to the track. The workout was 3X3k (2 at half marathon pace, 1k at 10k pace) with two minute rests. Last time I did this I broke up the 2k from the 1ks by resting between them. Today I ran them back to back making a full 3k. I ran the first 2k a bit fast, so I decided to just go with it. 2k at 6:25-30 pace, 1k at 5:35-50 pace. I banged out these sets with ease. I was tempted to then hash out a few quick 400s, but decided against it since it wasn’t part of the training schedule and I didn’t really have much time to waste. Finished off the morning with a 2 mile cool down.
Wednesday: Easy Run I had intended to do the full 6 miles from the training schedule, but had a rather upset stomach and had to do laps through the neighborhood to stay close in case of an “emergency”. I made it a full 5 miles before I finally gave in & called it quits. Managed to get in a Bowflex workout a bit later.
Thursday: Tempo What should have been a rolling hills aerobic run (8:00 per mile pace) quickly became a very quick tempo run – so I just went with it. I got faster & faster, especially with the downhills, so I decided to roll with it as I wasn’t getting tired and it felt so easy. I was controlled & strong, despite the pace. First 2 & 1.5 miles “easy”, 5 in the middle “hard”. 8.5 really great miles.
Friday: Easy & Weights It was Good Friday, so the kids didn’t have school, but my husband still had to go into the office. This meant that I had to get up & out early to be able to get any running in. I assumed that because it was early and a holiday that I’d have the road to myself, but I was wrong. There was a ton of traffic! I had really intended to make up for the miles from earlier in the week by doing 6-8 miles, but because I started so early and without breakfast first, I was just starving! I absolutely had to give up at 5 miles so I could get in a quick bite to eat before heading to the weight room for squats and lunges.
Saturday: Long Run I’ve finally done the last long run of training! I hemmed & hawed about where and how much I was going to do. I’ve been following the Level 3 plan for most of my workouts, but the Level 4 plan for my long run distance. L3 asked for 1.5 miles easy, 10-11 marathon race pace, 1.5 easy while the L4 asked for 1.5 easy, 12-15 marathon pace, 1.5 easy again. I felt confident in doing the full 18 miles, but this seemed like a lot so close to race day. In my past two marathons I’ve done 18 miles 3 weeks out. & this has worked very well. I’ve also never jumped into marathon pace so quickly unless it was an actual marathon. I decided to meet both plans in the middle by doing 16 miles: first 4 easy, 10 at race pace, 2 more easy. My “race pace” was closer to that of a half marathon, averaging out at 7:00 per mile. But, again, I felt great! I had to work a bit on the last mile at pace due to some hills, but that was about it. Easy-peasy & felt amazing to be done with all the hard stuff!
That’s 47.31 miles this past week and feelin’ pretty darn groovy about it all. I feel ready to go. I’m as trained as I’m ever going to be – as fast as I’m going to get this time around. I’ve done all the work and I’ve done most of it well. Now, all that’s left to do is let my body heal, hydrate, and fuel up for the main event. I’ve got two weeks of taper ahead of me and plan on making every moment of it count. I’m planning my meals carefully – drinking copious amounts of fluids – and committing the Boston public transit maps to memory.
I am ready to go crush my 6th marathon.