Carlsbad Marathon Training: Week 6
WEEKLY TOTAL: 50
How in the world am i already halfway through this training cycle!? The time is going so fast - I feel like I just started!! Looking back at the runs i’ve completed, i have a huge sense of pride and excitement for what’s to come in the next 6 weeks. I will say this week seemed to lack energy, my eating (nutritional food) was sub par, water intake was worse, and somehow I strained an ab muscle. I contemplated taking a day or two off but knew that the real battle i was losing was mental and that physically, although a little worn, i was capable of the mileage.
Long Run: 14 miles
This week started off strong - I got my running buddy and we took off for 7 miles on the strand. We hit 7 and turned around. The miles seemed to fly by as we chatted; shared the dread towards drudging through the sand that had blown onto our path; we joked about doing a trail run. I got into a good groove with my fuel, drinking sword every three miles. I took along a hand held water bottle and while i didn’t love it, it wasn’t the worst thing ever. I did have to fill it up around mile 11 and pour some more sword in, and that left the bottle pretty sticky, so the last 3 miles weren’t super great in that aspect. We finished with a 9:21 mile (the avg pace for the run was 10:12) so it was awesome to know i had that much gas left in the tank. I was also really surprised that I wasn’t sore the following day. I know that day is coming but i’m happy it’s holding off for now!
Speed Work: 3 x 1600m
Tuesday morning was a strange one. William slept until 7:43. that’s 43 minutes later than he has ever slept before. The babysitter texted and said 8:30! I started rushing around - I had to pump, get William breakfast, drink a little coffee, get both of us dressed, get the diaper bag ready, get out the door. What’s that phrase - running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off? That was me.
I got William dropped off at 8:34, and started my run. Almost immediately i knew it was going to be tough workout - the warm up felt hard and i was going at 11+ pace. Oof. I stopped at a bathroom about 13 minutes into my warm up before finishing up the 1.5 miles. I started off my first mile and felt a searing pain in my ab. I thought, it’s fine, you’re fine, it’s just a weird cramp. I kept up an effort for about 3/4 of a mile and then i threw up in some poor man’s yard. Unfortunately, it was right next to a school and parents were dropping off their kids.. sorry everyone.
I decided to not pay attention to paces from then on and just try to complete the workout based on effort. (The goal was 8:00-8:08 pace) The first mile completed in 8:16. I had an 800m recovery jog, that took me right by a water fountain. I stopped for water and actually checked to make sure my ab wasn't bruised. It felt like the time my brother had tackled me while playing hide and seek, and he legitimately left a bruise.
Mile two started and i was very conscious of the terrible form that was happening as a result of my ab pain. I was hunched over, an image of the Quasimodo running kept going through my head. I finished the mile in 8:30 and thought, eh not terrible for the way i’m feeling. I hobbled through another 800m recovery, with the pain just increasing. I started the third mile and immediately threw up again. I couldn’t push myself faster than a 9:00 pace and decided to throw in the towel since the pain was just increasing. I hobbled on home feeling mentally and physically exhausted.
I texted my coach and told her about the ‘workout of the hunchback’. She reminded me that I had 4 weeks of killer workouts in the bank, so one ‘bad’ workout wasn’t going to make or break me. Did it stink? yes. Was I going to let it get to me? no. I quickly brushed it off and looked forward to the recovery miles and tempo miles of the week.
Tempo Work: 7 miles
Another week of miles on the treadmill. Last week I ran the first 6 at the speed of 6.7. This week I ran the first 6 at 6.8. Somehow my mile splits this week were 20 seconds slower than last week. Riddle me that.
After looking at some of the other data from the run and talking to my coach, we decided to side with the treadmill. According to my Watch my heart rate was 87 bmp for the entire run, I needed NO recovery time after the 9.3 mile workout, and I had only burned 208 calories (on the previous day, i had run 6 miles at a much slower pace and burned 567 calories with an average heart rate of 157.)
So with that all that being said - this workout was closer to 10 miles than 9, and my average pace was closer to 8:49 than 9:14. My legs felt pretty heavy the the following two days, so i know i put in some good work!
Nutrition: what’s nutrition? Am i addicted to chocolate? Did i buy a bag of hugs? Is it almost gone? Do i have no self control? This week was absolutely terrible in terms of nutrition. Target got me with holiday candy being on sale; since we are throwing a holiday party this weekend, i convinced myself we needed it. Since i have no will power towards white chocolate, i might need to go buy more. Good job, Jessica.
water intake: Still drinking the vitamin C, but the water intake is pretty bad. I have my 40 oz Hydro Flask - but it also happens to be one of Williams favorite things. It also happens to be too heavy and has smushed his fingers a couple times. Hydro Flask roulette is a super fun game that William plays and usually results in a crying baby and me putting the water bottle somewhere not easily accessible and therefore, I don’t drink as much water.
Core work: Since my ab felt strained I forewent core work this week. I iced my abs twice a day and took some ibuprofen. Tuesday was the worst for the strain, Wednesday felt better but not 100% and Thursday felt normal. So i’m hoping it’s healed and we can resume some core work next week!