We are less than a month away, folks!!! And the nerves are settling in…
Marathon Goal– 3:50
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs– 8:45
Monday, October 3–
5 Easy Miles, 10:01 avg. pace
Easy miles around my neighborhood. I feel like I’ve been trying to make these be slower but they’re not coming out as slow as I’d like. This struggle was pretty much the theme of the week. And I know I have to work harder as I want my easy runs to really be easy, especially as I get closer to Hanson’s “taper”.
Tuesday, October 4
–8 miles: 1 mile WU, 6 @Strength Pace, 1 CD
I was a little late meeting up with my run club and rushed going into this run, unnecessarily, as I’d spent the afternoon Halloween decorating (priorities, right?). So my warm up was faster than I would’ve liked, there should’ve been an 800 recovery between the 6 strength miles, and my cool down should’ve slower. I was pressed for time going in and then pressed for time finishing as I had a dinner date with friends. My six miles were faster than strength pace–this whole run was just not exactly what it should’ve been, lol.
Wednesday, October 5
–4 Easy Miles, 9:22 avg. pace (<–ugh, another too fast easy run)
What??!!! Isn’t Wednesday rest day??!!!
It is…BUT, my best running friend Jennifer had a run today and I wanted to squeeze in a good luck run with her before she left to tackle the Chicago Marathon (more on that a little later!).
Thursday, October 6–
11 miles: 1 mile WU, 9 Tempo miles, 1 mile CD
It’s getting harder to wake up now that it’s getting cooler. I actually like summer running (I know, crazy!) because when it’s cold outside, all I want to do is snuggle under the covers. Much easier to wake up at 4 when it’s hot than when it’s cold.
Again, a little faster than tempo pace. I finally got it together a little after the first half…
I absolutely love this ^ quote. I feel like that’s something I’ve been working on a lot this year as far as goals and challenging myself–not compromising or settling and just going for it.
Friday, October 7th
–0 miles, REST DAY
I moved my rest day to Friday since I didn’t get it mid-week. It worked nicely as we were driving out of town early morning.
Saturday, October 8th–
8.15 Easy Miles, 9:53 avg. pace (<—yep, too fast)
We were visiting my hometown on the border and I got in some easy (too fast) miles along the fences.
I did my run on this side…
…and then had post-run tacos on this side.
Sunday, October 9th
—10 Long Run miles, 9:30 avg. pace
This was the only run this week that was right on target pace, lol! My splits were kinda all over the place but it averaged out to be exactly what it needed to be 🙂
What I liked about our route, and this was done intentionally, is that we made sure to have long inclines throughout (to help prep for those darn NYC bridges).
It doesn’t look like much of an incline, but I could certainly feel it.
My motivator for this run was getting back so that I could track my BRF Jennifer at the Chicago Marathon. The rest of the morning was spent seeing her little runner figure move across the course (the Chicago Marathon tracking app was amazing!) and screaming out loud to myself. She was doing so well and then finished strong snagging a MASSIVE PR!!
I saw her hard work first hand leading up to her big day and saw what hard work brings. Yes, I cried. I was/am
freaking proud of her. This is a picture she shared–she’s done 3 marathons, all of them Chicago and all of them for #TeamFox. ❤
Total weekly mileage
: 46.37 An overall great week. I need to get my easy runs back to being easy. I had been doing well in previous weeks, just need to get back there. I can’t believe the big day is less than a month away….
–Did you know anyone doing the Chicago Marathon??
–Do you find yourself compromising with goals you’ve set?
–Am I the only one that decorates for Halloween?