Carlsbad Marathon Training: Week 8
WEEKLY TOTAL: 58
IOWA. This week saw some COLD miles and they were AWESOME. With Christmas next week, this week’s schedule was a little weird. Usually my long runs are on Sunday, but this week was a planned down week - with just 8 miles on Sunday. With my family christmas being the following Sunday, i needed to move that long run to Saturday. So what started as a down week, ended with a long run!
Long Run: 18 miles
There’s a trail that runs from town to town, totaling 33 miles long, near my home. i knew this would be the best option for the long run.. but boy was i wrong. The plan was to have my sister bike next to me for the 18-20 mile run.. We quickly realized this was going to prove difficult since the path was covered in snow.
This run was different in that it had a workout component to it - the workout was 6 easy, 6 at 9:10-9:15 pace, 6-8 easy. I really liked this layout because it allowed me to think of the runs as 6 mile runs, rather than 1 daunting 20 mile run. My coach made a note that i needed to practice patience and not go out too fast. I reminded myself to go at a comfortable pace the first 6, but that wasn’t too hard since the snow made sure i was going slow. Dani was able to stick pretty well with me the first 6.
Then i picked up the pace, dodged the snow when i could - the first two miles of this section were good. It took me a few minutes to find my groove. Then mile 3 hit and so did the snow. I was watching where to put my foot and just hoping there wasn’t ice for me to fall - the third mile was my slowest of the middle six, but i was okay with that since i wasn’t about to get hurt and miss out on the marathon! The next 3 miles went by fairly quick and snow was intermittent. I took it slow when snow and ice were present and sped up with the ground was clear. It was during mile 3 that I lost Dani and her bike actually broke. My phone had also died early in the run (at 30%, eyeroll), so i knew i had to keep track of Dani so i would have a ride home! I backtracked multiple times to find her - shortly into my third set of 6 miles, i found her riding the bike! she had fixed it but it wasn’t a match for the snow and ice patches and she ended up walking next to it for a majority of the last 6.
I came up to the town we were planning to get picked up in - i had 2-4 more miles to complete the run. I wanted to get 4 in and I felt good. I wasn’t too cold and i felt like i had plenty of energy. Once i started running in town I was actually able to get into a groove too and felt more like my normal runner self! My dad drove by me and i didn’t want him to wait another 20 minutes for me, so i called it at 18. All things considered, it was a pretty good run!
Speed Work: 5 x 1k
This workout happened on a Monday (because of travel), i was a little nervous about that because my Sunday 8 miler was rough on my legs - they felt heavy and sluggish. I surprised myself with splits averaging 4:47. My legs felt great and i was even able to put in two on the following morning.
Tempo: 7 miles
This was another treadmill tempo run. I wasn’t super happy about this one. I had planned on running outside, i went out to move the car and saw it was ridiculously windy and cold. The layers i had on weren’t doing anything to keep me warm. I opted for a treadmill run, changed into a tank top and shorts. I immediately started sweating in my parents basement but kept on for 7 tempo miles.
Nutrition: is nutrition real on vacation?
water intake: all. the. water. excellent week!
Core work: zero. again. boo.