I can’t believe I’m writing Training Log Week 14 of this training. It has gone by so fast, especially the last couple of weeks. When I ran into a friend yesterday at a store and she asked me when my Marathon is I told her: “Today in 2 weeks”. That’s when it honestly occurred to me for the first time, too: Really? Only 2 more weeks? I knew it all along, of course, but I never really inhaled and exhaled and took it all in. No matter how this Marathon goes, I will be forever grateful for this training.
After moving to South Florida from up North (that’s what people call it down here 🙂 ) I never thought I could ever run in such hot conditions, especially no long runs, 16 plus miles and I never thought I could hop over snakes and toads when they happen to stretch out along the side of the road and it was sometimes too late for me to see them until I was an inch away from them and I never thought I could run 40 plus miles a week with sooo little sleep. As a Mom I got tremendously less sleep than during my last Marathon, a few years ago, when I had no kids yet.
Anyway – this training has been an amazing journey.
Here is how my week went:
Monday: no run. I ran 20 Miles the day before and I needed the day off.
Tuesday: 6 Miles. Nice easy pace around my neighborhood. Pace 9:35
Wednesday: 12 miles. By the time I left the house for my run it was already 9 am and the sun was blazing at 84 degrees, but it felt like 90. I didn’t want to run my usual route, I needed a shadier path. So I explored a new route over to Abacoa. It had some beautiful, tree lined shadier paths, not too long, but good enough to give me a break here and there.
12 Miles, Pace:9:10. Post Run I needed this Mixed Berries Protein Smoothie. Felt so good! This is actually my favorite Smoothie.
Thursday: 5 Miles. Not an easy run. I didn’t fuel right before, so I felt weak during this run, the humidity was high, ad I just wasn’t in the zone. Pace: 9:35
Friday: 6 miles around my neighborhood, later that night. Earlier in the day I started feeling a bit soar in my throat. I was hoping that this wouldn’t stay. My husband felt sick that day as well.
Saturday: 6 miles. Late night run. Around 7 pm. For the first time the temperatures dropped to 79 degrees and it was the coolest run for me of the season. Yipiie!
when I got home I was starting to feel more sick and a few hours later I had a full blown cold. I used Coldcalm to treat, which helped quite a bit and extra Vitamin C. I was really scared that this could develop into something respiratory right before the Marathon.
I still took a pic of this amazing sunset. The photo doesn’t even do it justice.
Sunday: 5 miles. Still sick but better. A lot. 5 mile easy run.
Overall Weekly Mileage: 40 miles. The benefits of my new running shoes were really kicking in this week, too. I had much less ankle pain.
Goals for the next coming 2 weeks: Paying better and closer attention to my diet, including more complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, Farro and some pasta. Plus pumping up my hydration.
How was your week? Are you looking forward to cooler Fall temperatures?