Monday: 45 minute pool run, 40 minutes elliptical
Tuesday: 8 mile run
Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 60 minutes yoga
Thursday: 10 mile run
Friday: 60 minutes yoga, 8 mile run, 60 minute massage
Saturday: 2 mile warm-up 3.1 mile race, 12 mile bike ride and got a flat tire, 2 mile walk and 10 mile ride from a good samaritan (more on that later)
Sunday: 12 miles at 8:34 pace, 30 minute deep water run
Week 3 total running mileage: 43.1
This week was a nice little recovery week to prepare me as I head into another higher mileage week including my first 18 miler of the training program! The recovery week couldn’t have come at a better time with Mother Nature being so hot-headed. I honestly don’t know if I have ever been so sweaty in my entire life than after my runs this week!
Overall I am pleased with my workouts. Heat and humidity are my kryptonite, I’d seriously rather run through a torrential downpour or blizzard. But I am really proud of myself, I gutted it out through some miserable weather, and dug a little deeper than I thought possible. My long run was a tad slower than I had hoped, but not from lack of effort. I seriously felt like I was running 6 minute miles, but alas they were between 8:10-8:45 pace. A younger version of myself would have given up at some point today during that 12 miler and slipped into a slower, yet more comfortable pace. I dealt with some cramps in my side for 11 of my 12 miles, and nothing alleviated the pain, so I just grunted through it the best I could. There were moments that I wanted to stop and just throw in the towel and try again tomorrow, but then one of my favorite quotes popped into my head at one of my lowest points:
“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.” ~ U.S. Soccer Champion Mia Hamm
Don’t ya just love that? It really boosted my mood and lit a fire under my tush. I have race goals that I want to accomplish and they aren’t going to come without me putting my nose to the grindstone and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I want to be the best runner I can be and really RACE a marathon. After all of the 26.2’s I have accomplished, I can safely say that I am finally starting to understand the distance and race strategies a little bit more, and I am ready to put it all out there, to push past my pain threshold, to blow through the walls that will pop-up in front of me and race to my fullest potential.
104 days until I toe the line in Staten Island!