Carlsbad Marathon Training: Week 9

WEEKLY TOTAL: 42

Iowa winters, i did not miss you. As hard as it’s been to get out the door into the freezing weather, i know it’s making me a better runner (both physically and mentally). This week was a little different with the flip flop of some runs with the Holidays; no track workout & no long run.  The best option for me was an extra recovery day (since i bookended last week with s long run!) instead of a track workout! Since it was so dang cold out, i was perfectly fine with that! I’m down to T H R E E weeks until the marathon. to say i am so excited is an understatement. Whenever someone brings up running i cannot help but smile ear to ear. I’ve fallen in love with running even harder over this training cycle.

Long Run: nada

Last week my long run was on Saturday, so Sunday didn’t see a long run. Next week i’ll start off with a long run to get back onto my regular Sunday Long Run schedule.

Speed Work: nada

This week was more about recovering from the long run than gaining speed!

Tempo: 7 miles  

Despite the poor weather, this run was a blast! I vigilantly watched the weather and picked the perfect window to get in my 9 mile workout. The forecast called for rain all day, with the lowest chance happening at 1:30. So, at 1:30 i laced up my shoes and headed out the door. My sister in law gave me a route to jump onto the trail about 2 miles from her house. I set out and tried to warm up in the first mile, the temperature wasn’t terrible and i shed my outer layer about a half mile into the warm up.

I started my tempo miles and encountered a german shepherd off leash so, i had to turn around and pick a different road to get to the trail (8:26). I found the trail and found a groove I felt i could hold for 6 more miles. About a mile later (8:26) the trail that was paved, turned into soaking wet limestone. I tried to run on the trail but in a fleeting moment i wondered if quicksand was real and if i could out run it. Right next to the path was a grass path meant for horses, so i tried that. Sure shooting, the grass was full saturated with water so my feet were soaked within 3 steps. I wanted to get halfway done with the run and turn around but i got a mile out on the limestone and knew it was hurting my performance. My feet were heavy and i had run through a couple spots of standing water causing me to slow down. Miles 3, 4, and half of 5 were in the wet muck and those were my slowest miles (8:47, 9:09, 9:16). I got back on the cement and was able to pick it up a bit but my feet still felt heavy. I finished up with an 8:46 and 8:44. I was still happy with my efforts and my overall tempo average of 8:49.

Tempo miles are hard but so fun. I love a good challenge and that’s exactly how i view these workouts.  

GOAL PROGRESS

  • Nutrition:  surprisingly i’ve been doing fairly well with this. I think William is going through a growth spurt so i just keel making sure he was getting good nutritious food and i was eating the same food!

  • water intake: Staying with my sister in law this week and her fridge has the water spout on the door. Apparently that’s my secret to getting in all the water. I was standing at the door at least 10 times a day, filling up my cup.

  • Core work: nope.

Treadmill miles make me go nuts, but some days i know the cold would be worse.  

Treadmill miles make me go nuts, but some days i know the cold would be worse.  

Christmas Day run with my sister and husband!  

Christmas Day run with my sister and husband!  

Pretty but terrifying to run up!! 

Pretty but terrifying to run up!! 

I got to put in some miles with my old coworker turned friend! Even tho it felt like 6 degrees we had a good run!  

I got to put in some miles with my old coworker turned friend! Even tho it felt like 6 degrees we had a good run!  

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Jessica Kennelly