Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dallas Marathon Training: Week 20 Complete!

Last week's workouts:

Sun 11/24: Rest
Mon 11/25: Elliptical 30 min + lower body strength training
Tues 11/26: Pace :50 5.23 mi, 49:33
Wed 11/27: Yoga Post-run Stretch and Flow podcast, 25 min
Thurs 11/28: Dallas Turkey Trot (8 miles) 1:15:10
Fri: 11/29: Rest
Sat 11/30: 9 mi 9.56 mi, 1:41:09

Everything felt good this week, no more ankle/shin pain, whew! I think the massage last week really helped.

The Dallas Turkey Trot was lots of fun! It was really cold that morning, which made waiting for the race to start pretty miserable but made for a good race. There were a few changes to the course from last year, making it flatter and therefore faster. I didn't really have any particular goal time in mind, I just wanted to run a good race without pushing myself too hard.

This year, they had a separate start corral for the timed runners which alleviated a lot of the congestion at the beginning of the race. Here I am in the start corral, my mom was on the other side of the fence. I hadn't thought to wear my thermal headband that covers my ears. It wasn't until we were in the windy downtown that I regretted that, so my dad gave me his thick red headband. Haha, I looked silly but felt warm!

On Saturday, I met up with my pace group for one last "long" run. It was still really chilly out and only a loop around the lake, so it was a small group that morning! But it was really a beautiful morning and we got to see a beautiful sunrise over the lake.

Jessica took this gorgeous picture.

After the run, we met some other DRC runners for breakfast and race strategy talk. Steve (our coach) and Vishal (the training program director) gave us good advice geared towards the first-time marathoners.

Well, the race is in a week! I feel much more prepared this year than I did last year. The weather is looking like it will be cold, so that is good news. I just hope it stays dry! But we can't control the weather, so whatever happens I will just have to deal with it.

Race week plans:
Sun 12/1: Rest
Mon 12/2: Base/easy :30
Tues 12/3: Pace :40
Wed 12/4: Yoga
Thurs 12/5: Recovery :30
Fri 12/6: Rest
Sat 12/7: Recovery 2 mi
Sun 12/8: Race day!!!

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