Subtitle: Maybe I am tapering after all.
Whew another busy week! My July’s just always seem to be that way. I am trying REALLY hard to not stress myself out over mileage and missed workouts because I know getting stressed doesn’t do any good, but still I can’t help but just wish I was doing a little more. I just need to make it happen!
I like writing out my thoughts so that I can look back and remember what was going through my head after the fact, so I am going to ramble a bit here to get some things out. Don’t mind me.
One thing I am having a little bit of a hard time grasping mentally is running a marathon as a “training run” for another race. Portland is my “A” race which is 10 weeks after SFM, but I am having a hard time seeing passed SFM to my goal race. I really wanted to embrace this whole flow of running and marathon training, but at the same time I am having a hard time with it. A marathon is still a marathon and I have a hard time not taking it “seriously” (tapering, etc) even though I will be running it as a “training run” vs. racing hard.
I am SO excited for the race, a little nervous as to how I might feel after, but this shift of focus I am experiencing is what I am not sure that I *love* and I will definitely look back on this before I considering setting my schedule up this way again. It seems to work great for a lot of people, but I just don’t know if I work that way. I am kind of scared that it will take more out of me than I want it to, since I had such a hard time finding my legs after Big Sur (which was a totally different story), but it still makes me nervous. BUT I did get my long awaited BQ 10 weeks after another marathon, so there is that also. I am just going to keep doing what I am doing with training hard, taking rest days when I need them, and making sure to really take care of myself before and after SFM so I can recover fast!
All that being said I have TWO weeks until my 11th marathon and am really excited for the race and a fun filled weekend with friends, food, and lots of events. It’s going to be a blast!
Ok enough rambling now, onto my week in review:
This week was the first week for the 7 mile option at team lemon run club, so I wanted to make sure to participate! I decided to do my progression run that day (10 miles with last 6 moderate), which ended up not being so progressive. Oops.
I ran 3 miles before meeting with the group @ 8:19 avg, not quite an “easy” pace. Then I ran a couple easy miles in the middle and picked it up on the way back. The weather was SO much better this week than the last couple and I used it to my advantage. It felt good to push the pace a bit at the end too.
10.0 miles/1:23:32/8:21 avg pace
I slept in and did my recovery run after work. Chris decided to ride the mountain bike next to me which he hasn’t done in forever so it was really fun to have him to chat with! Things were going just fine until around mile 2 when that feeling hit and I HAD to find a bathroom ASAP. This was one of the worst experiences and closest calls I have had in my many many close-call-runs. Not fun! After over a mile we finally found a bathroom and I felt a little better but the rest of the night my stomach was not happy with me.
5.0 miles/46:37/9:19 avg pace
10 with 5 tempo rest
I woke up on Thursday morning ready to head out for my run and my stomach was still hurting from the night before. I was too scared to try and run for fear of the night before, plus I just didn’t feel good at all, so I didn’t go, even though I knew I would not have time after work since it was Chris’s 30th surprise dinner! 30th birthdays definitely win over running though.
I have been having a sucky time getting my tempo runs in lately and I am determined to get one in this week! No excuses.
After a late night of fun at the surprise dinner, I met up with Kristin for an easy morning run. I only looked at my watch one time during the run and I could have sworn we were going way slower than that – it definitely felt easy! Oops.
8.0 miles/1:10:40/8:50 avg pace
20 long 17 long
Kristin and I met up with Alyssa, Katie and Megan for our last long run around San Francisco before SFM. We had planned on 20 miles but knew we had options of cutting it a little shorter if need be. We met at the Ferry Building and were planning on the full marathon course minus the bridge and the out and backs in Golden Gate Park.
We set off and were having a great time chatting like we usually do and Megan and Alyssa ended up going ahead for a while. Katie, Kristin and I were cruising along and we got to the hill before the bridge, which since we weren’t running the Golden Gate Bridge continued to the big hill after the bridge all in one swoop. We were pretty close to the top (closer than I realized) and I just had to stop for a minute to catch my breath and get my heart rate down. After a quick rest we finished the hill, enjoyed the downhill and were on our way through the Avenues around Mile 8 climbing some more as you can see.
I was not feeling very good at this point and vocalized how I was feeling and they agreed to cut the run even shorter as well. We had a plan made to get us back to the start in the shortest distance possible, and just needed to find the other 2 girls to let them know. We found them at the corner, told them we were done but then decided to join them through the park to avoid some massive SF hills we would have to cross.
Long story short, we ended up continuing on and finishing most of the route and 17 miles! I started feeling better after our conversation and just decided to slow it down a bit (which never really happened). I think I just needed a quick recharge and the rest came with it. I was so happy to get that many miles in after it not looking good at all around 8! Just goes to show you runs DO turn around, so don’t give up too soon.
17.0 miles/2:29:07/8:46 avg pace
Blue Bottle coffee was my reward for the day. They even gave me an extra fancy design. They must have known.
Kristin and I headed back to the East Bay to finish off an amazing Saturday with a lululemon fit session and I got to participate in my first bridesmaid duty of joining her in her wedding dress try ons! It was such a fun day, but 12 hours later when I finally got home, I was wiped! Needless to say I slept well Saturday night.
I met up with my friend Lauren at the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail and we cruised along chatting away. We saw Kerry who was out on her long run as well and we all ended up going to get coffee after for more conversation. Another great morning with friends!
8.0 miles/1:11:13/8:54 avg pace
Total for Week 10: 48.0 miles
Obviously this is not where I planned on being this week mileage wise. I was really hoping to get another week close to 60 this week but what can you do? I can’t go back and make up runs or re-do the week. I am doing my best to not be a stress case about mileage and just really enjoying the fact that I am getting a lot of great runs in when I do run!
I will probably keep it pretty close to the same this week mileage wise with less of a long run, and back off a little bit the next week for race (!!) week. We will see how it goes since not much has been going exactly according to my plan these days. It’s life right?!
2 weeks until SFM, 12 weeks until PDX!