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.
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.
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