4 weeks until the marathon! Holy cannasta. It is coming fast.
Despite my doubts after being so sick with bronchitis, I totally staged a comeback last week. It started with that 13 mile run in Chicago. That run was tough, but I was able to complete it without feeling too tired - and I wasn't sore the next day, which was a good sign. I decided to err on the side of caution and rested both Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, I decided to try to do my first run club workout in over 3 weeks! I had ran with the group the previous Wednesday, but I just did an 'easy pace' run instead of yassos since my lungs were not fully functioning!
The workout on Wednesday was pace work - after the warm-up, we did 2 miles at marathon pace and 2 miles at half marathon pace. When I started the workout, I really wasn't sure if I would be able to do the full workout, but I wanted to give it my all (while listening to my body). Well, it turned out to be one of the best work outs I've had all year! My goal pace for the marathon miles was 9:09 and I ran them at 8:48 and 9:00. My goal for the half marathon miles was 8:45 and I ran them in 8:21 and 8:26.
I WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER THIS WORKOUT. Seriously. I had been seriously doubting my ability to run the marathon, but this workout really gave me a boost of confidence and showed me I CAN do it. I may need to adjust my goals and expectations, but I am definitely going to be able to run a strong marathon!
I capped off the week with an AMAZING 18 mile long run! I actually had to consciously try to hold myself back during this run as my legs were ready to GO. Next week, I will do my 2nd and final 20+ mile run. I am a bit disappointed that I won't get 3 20+ milers in, but I will take what I can get! It just feels so good to be BACK! I wanted to high five the world on Saturday!
In fact, how I felt is best summed up by this:
Here is how the training broke out:
Wednesday: 2xMP, 2xHMP, 8 miles total
Thursday: 4 mile recovery at 9:24 pace
Saturday: 18.25 miles at 9:20 pace
Week 14: 30.25 miles (still too low but I'll take what I can get)
I am traveling again - this time I am in Charlotte - so I will have to miss run club again tonight! And I will be traveling next Monday as well, and the following weekend for Nora's wedding (so 3 trips in the span of 2 weeks). The timing of all of this travel is not optimal, but I can't really control my travel schedule right now and I just have to roll with it and fit in runs when I can!!
When is the last time you had a workout that left you feeling like you were on cloud 9? The last workout before Wednesday's & Saturday's was probably about a month ago when I held an 8:30 pace for 4 miles (which is good for me!)!