Carlsbad Marathon Training: Week 11

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 47

Back in sunny (?) California! As it turns out when we left Iowa it was actually nicer in the midwest than the west coast - go figure. The week was fairly chilly, i only got to run in shorts one day. Come on California, you have one job!

This week was my last ‘hard’ week, since week 12 is a taper. Mother nature dropped in on me, which stunk, but i’m glad it happened this week and not next — momma’s, when you got your period back was it regular or did it take awhile to normalize itself? My workouts and easy runs were clouded with cramps, but i told myself the cramps were just the first 20 miles of the marathon and used it as a mental game.

This week also brought my acceptance to the Nuun 2019 team! I have been dropping an ‘immunity’ tab into some hot water each morning (after coffee of course). I’ve managed to stay pretty healthy during this training cycle so adding this drink seemed like a good idea to help continue my healthy streak!

I’m getting so excited for the marathon - Colton surprised me with a thoughtful gift; he had my coach send a good luck note on her NYC marathon bib! it was on my wall within 10 minutes. I look up to my coach big time, so this was SO COOL!

Long Run: 11 miles

My legs were fairly tired from a day of travel, but I got the 11 miles in without much happening. The run wasn’t exciting, but at this stage in the game - i’m taking that as a really good sign.

Speed Work: 2 x 3 mile

I texted my coach right before i went out for the run. Cramps were killing me and I was exhausted from a clingy, teething baby. I had asked if i could run easy today and push the workout to the next day but the moment I sent it, I thought - just go see how it feels. If you think you’ll die, then go easy - but if you can manage the workout just do it.

Turns out i wasn’t going to die. My first set of three miles averaged 8:36. Not bad, especially since the goal was 9 - but i felt like i could go harder. It takes me a little bit to find my groove so i was ready to hit the second set hard. Second set averaged 8:12 - with the final mile clocking in at 8:00.

When i started training for my October half marathon, coach had my track workouts with a pace goal of 8:00. I had 2 different mile repeat workouts and i couldn’t hit an 8:00 mile to save my life. Then i started training for the full and while I felt stronger and faster, I completely failed my attempt at the mile repeat workout. So - FINALLY. On my last track workout of the cycle, i hit an 8:00 mile. Call it fate.

Tempo: 8 miles 

I knew this was my LAST workout of the cycle. I had been thinking about it all day; I had woken up with the start of a sore throat and hoped it would go away in time for me to crush the workout. I guzzled glasses of hot tea, emergenC, and Nuun immunity throughout the day in an attempt to help myself. I’m not sure it worked, but whatcha gunna do.

I set out again with the mindset that if it felt unbearable, i would take it easy - but if i could manage the tempo, I would do the workout. First mile clocked in at 8:16 and I felt like i could hold that pace for 7 more miles. Then the urge to go to the bathroom hit - i thought about where the closest bathroom was and decided that the mile to the house was my best route. 8:03 was the second mile, i blame the bathroom call. After making a quick pitstop I set off in hopes of finding the groove from mile 1. I was starting to find it when a woman texting and driving nearly hit me (she had a stop sign, but never stopped). The moment threw me off and I had a really hard time finding cruise control after that. I was hyper aware of everything around me, not trusting anyone driving by. Third mile came in at 8:19. Fourth at 8:44. I felt like i was slowing down and it showed. My back was starting to feel crampy so i knew I needed to focus more on my form and the run and less on the vehicles flying by. I tried to find a balance and told myself that 8:44 was still well below the goal pace of 9:00-9:10. Mile 6 clocked in at 8:42. I stopped for a quick swig of water and thought - only 2 more hard miles left between you and a marathon, you got this!.

Mile 7 was my slowest at 8:53. I ran through part of a park on a dirt path that wasn’t the smoothest so i think the slower time was partially due to that - i felt myself slow down to navigate the dark path. I also had to get onto a walkway overpass - oh well, the split was somewhat of an outlier so i wasn’t too concerned.

On the homestretch. Only 1 mile left. Give it everything you got. I kept telling myself you worked SO hard to get here, you had to go out with the best mile. 7:50. This gave me a lot of confidence for the marathon but ALSO made me super excited for the next training cycle. I’m excited to see how my fitness can progress.

I started running just 6 weeks after William was born, my first mile postpartum was 13:48; I had to run/walk it and i’m fairly certain a lot more walking than running happening. I can remember coming home with the BIGGEST smile on my face because i had waited for the opportunity to run for over 10 months. Sure it wasn’t where i had been a year prior, but it was a great start. Now i’m faster and stronger than i was before pregnancy - and i’m not even a year postpartum. Coming back from pregnancy wasn’t easy, but it is SO worth it & I have the cutest little running buddy!

GOAL PROGRESS

  • Nutrition:  Finally back in our kitchen - eating lots of veggies and fresh fruit. Plus a whole lotta pasta. We joked with my brother when we were home - he says he’s been carbo-loading his whole life for a race he’ll never run. We love our carbs!

  • water intake: I’ve drank ALOT of hot water this week. Whatever works.

  • Core work: nope, but i DID reach out to a personal trainer and ask her to help me with a strength plan for after the marathon. So while i know i completely bonked this goal this cycle, i’m going to make it a goal again with a better plan on succeeding.

William really missed Dawson while we were in Iowa, and i think Dawson missed him too. The two have been really bonding the last week. It’s so fun to watch!

William really missed Dawson while we were in Iowa, and i think Dawson missed him too. The two have been really bonding the last week. It’s so fun to watch!

William started walking this week so he’s been chasing around Dawson. Dawson is so patient with him and is constantly offering him balls to throw.

William started walking this week so he’s been chasing around Dawson. Dawson is so patient with him and is constantly offering him balls to throw.

Will and I hit the running path for one of my easy runs this week. He loved waving at everyone and even felt some of the mist from the big waves - he thought that was pretty funny.

Will and I hit the running path for one of my easy runs this week. He loved waving at everyone and even felt some of the mist from the big waves - he thought that was pretty funny.

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Jessica Kennelly