Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dallas Marathon Training: Week 18 Complete!

Let the taper begin!

Last week's workouts:
Sun 11/10: Rest
Mon 11/11: Base/easy :40 3.5 mi, 38:40
Tues 11/12: Tempo 1:20 8.53 mi, 1:21:41
Wed: 11/13: Vinyasa yoga 1 hour OR strength training
Thurs 11/14: Base plus strides 1:30 8.02 mi, 1:27:07
Fri 11/15: Recovery :50 3.14 mi, 39:59
Sat 11/16: 22 mi long 22.44 mi, 4:04:07

This week's training was great, I feel like I am finishing the season feeling confident about the Dallas Marathon!

Tuesday night our group did a tempo workout. We warmed up, then ran our tempo pace (around 8:50) for 20 minutes, ran easy for 10 and then picked it up to a tempo pace for another 20 minutes. We were supposed to do an out-and-back run but we actually figured out we could go all the way around the lake it we took a shortcut. So it was a fun, adventurous run! It was definitely a tough workout, too, the tempo pace was really hard for me to keep up with. The temperatures dropped significantly on Tuesday so at least we were running in the cold.

Wednesday I was happy to be able to make it to yoga, I haven't been to the studio in a couple of weeks. It was a great class, very challenging with lots of backbends and hip openers. Thursday my legs were pretty sore (from speedwork and yoga) but I managed to keep a pretty good pace for my run. Friday I ran a little shorter than scheduled and really slowly with some walk breaks. I wanted to make sure my legs were well-rested for our 22 mile run!

Saturday's run went great. It was actually really humid (about 95% humidity if I remember correctly) but the sky stayed overcast and there was a breeze, so it didn't feel that bad. We all made sure to take in plenty of water and electrolytes throughout the run. Myriam led us on the first 9 miles, then Clay met up with us to finish the run. (He is tapering for the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon next weekend.) We had great conversation and I think everyone felt strong through the run! I finished feeling very tired, but happy with the way my run went.

Post-run: me, Brandon, Clay and Jessica.

Now I am officially in taper mode! I'm still reluctant to set a time goal for the marathon, I think my main goal is just to beat my time last year. The weather is going to play a big factor in how confident I'll feel going into the race. At this point, the training is done and I feel like I've had a strong season. Now all that's left is to wait for race day!

This week's plans:
Sun 11/17: Rest
Mon 11/18: Base/easy :50 + strength training
Tues 11/19: Pace 1:00
Wed 11/20: Vinyasa yoga
Thurs 11/21: Base + strides 1:30 (plus I have a massage scheduled)
Fri 11/22: Recovery :40
Sat 11/23: 14 miles with fast finish

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