Monday – Strava link here
Its the last hard week before taper and I got my easy run in the AM so I wouldn’t have to struggle in the afternoon. Turns out it’s almost as bad, but at least I got it out of the way. I ended up heading onto a local golf course for about a mile, which ended up being a little hilly, but it was a nice break up.
5 miles, 8:50 pace, 139 avg HR + 10min strength
Tuesday – Strava link here
Cumulative Fatigue continues and the heat shot up today making this run pretty brutal. With my legs feeling like lead and the heat getting up there, I surprisingly did well on this run. Ran most of it with Dennis which was good way to keep it going. I pushed a bit harder effort than I should have, but the heat will do that to you.
Was thankful to have my Simple Hydration bottle with me, as I don’t think I would have done so hot(GET IT?!) without it.
10 miles, 8:22 pace, 155 avg HR, 561 feet of elevation
Wednesday – Strava link here
Decided to get my run in the morning again and with an added bonus of planning to meet Cory for it. I took it a little harder than I should have with it being recovery, but I usually don’t get as fast as I do on Wednesdays. Glad to have a good training partner to keep me accountable. Plus – This HEAT!
5 miles, 8:16 pace, 148 avg HR
Thursday – Strava link here
Know whats terrible? Waking up at at 4:40am to get your run in to only get your warm up in because a storm blows through.
Was happy to try and knock this workout in the morning with the heat, but there were other plans to be had. Ended up having to the workout at night time and boy, the heat was a scorcher. I knew I was going to be paying for the consistency and pushing the Yasso’s tonight, but got them in.
Friday – Completely off!
Saturday – Strava link here
Well, I was completely right about paying for my 800’s on this run. I actually felt pretty decent on the first 5~ miles of this pace run but then really died after that. Between the heat, allergies and not being topped off from Thursdays run, I ran into BonkVille. Having this happen for the second time in a row on a pace run, its a little discouraging, but I’m trying to see the better light of it(although its hard).
Last big workout in until the marathon though, so I have that going for me 🙂
10 at MP – 7:05~
Sunday – Strava link here
Woke up to a great surprise before my last long run of this cycle. I was chosen as the Runners Community Runner of the Week!
This was such a great thing to have in the morning, especially with how my run occurred.
Turns out BonkVille was holding on to my keys to my new house in Taper Town, so I had to go back and get them.
Off the bat, I felt pretty decent, didn’t feel like I was going to struggle to much, but 20 miles is 20 miles and you can change from feeling good to completely awful within a mile(Really mile 10 -> 11).
I kept well until about mile 15 and then I started struggling as we put more hills in and I was getting more dehydrated and heating up. By mile 16 I was almost out of water and took my last Honey Stinger for the run and almost lost it immediately as it didn’t sit well.
I struggled through the last 4 miles and soon lost sight of Dennis and Cory, as I told them early on to just head off without me. Sometimes in the mental battle, you need to have the road to yourself to curse like a sailor. I ended up having to stop for a bit to wait for the light at 18.5 miles in and it helped partially, but there was one more hill to tackle.
When I crested the last hill I decided to stop and gave myself a good pep talk for a minute or two before heading off to finish. This was not necessarily how I wanted to cap off my last long run, but the mental struggle actually will help in the end.
I finally got those keys to Taper Town and I am going to take as much relaxation as I can from here on out!