This past week was one KICKASS week of training!! I nailed my speed work paces, logged 55+ miles, ran with a friend twice and ate SIGNIFICANTLY healthier than in previous weeks!! From start to finish it was one huge win!!
On Monday my close friend Molly paced me during my 8x800s. She knew every 200, 400 and 600 split we had to hit to nail my overall goal paces. She did all the thinking and paced each lap perfectly as her sheer presence tugged me along. I didn’t have to worry about my watch or the pacing- all I had to do was follow Molly. Lap after lap together we nailed my goal paces and nearly manged to get faster with each successive repeat (3:17, 3:18, 3:15, 3:14, 3:10, 3:10, 3:10, 3:09).
Seconds into the eighth and final repeat I knew I had no gas in the tank. I just felt it. My legs were fried and I was tired. I blurted out, “I can’t do it Moll- I’m toast.” She wasn’t taking any of it, “Yes, you can Kass!! Take it 200 by 200. Come on- we got this!” I tucked in behind Molly and reminded myself, “Just follow Molly. Don’t think, just run.” On the final 100 pushed as hard as my legs could take me but in my heart I knew that we were going to log a 3:20 or slower. We crossed the finish and Molly screamed “3:09!!!” Wait- what?! Despite what my body and mind were telling me about being tired and done for the day somehow I was able to ignore it all and just keep moving forward. How was this possible? Molly. While my mind made it complicated, Molly made it so incredibly simple. I didn’t have to think or even look at my watch! I just had to follow Molly and together we were able to do something I have never been able to do on my own: descend 800’s and 100% nail a track workout!! After the workout I clobbered her with a ginormous hug! THANK YOU MOLLY!! 🙂 I LOVE YOU!
On Wednesday I leaned into the hurt for a 2×15 min tempo. I let go of my stress and just ran. With Wollaston Beach and a beautiful view of Boston to my right I felt like I was flying. I wasn’t thinking about work, the bills, the separation or the other random worries that comprise my typical inner monologue; I just flew. Left foot, right foot, repeat. Letting go of stress to relax and give myself wholeheartedly to the run has been really hard to do this training cycle, but today it all came together. My tempo interval paces were 6:48 and 6:49!!! BOOM! YES!!! I may have literally jumped for joy over these paces!! Wahooo!!!!
On Sunday Molly and I joined forces again to complete our 19 mile long run in Bridgewater, MA.
Around mile 14.5 I noticed that the balls of my feet were a little sore, my right hamstring felt really tight and my hip flexors felt just plain tired. Lifting my legs on every step required a little extra effort than earlier in the run. The body wasn’t revolting or shutting down, but this week it was definitely starting to talk back. Molly and I were clicking off sub 8’s and beginning to accelerate the pace into the final miles. Molly, a 2:49 marathoner had kindly offered to pace me on this long run; as I huffed and puffed along all 90 pounds of her effortlessly bounced beside me.
As I drove home from the run every inch of my body was tired. My muscles. My legs, My brain. My bum. My calves. My feet. OUCHFEST 2016! They weren’t necessarily in pain, but they were truly exhausted! But this is the epitome of MARATHON TRAINING! Marathon training hurts!!! During my first marathon training cycle I may have questioned whether all of these boo-boos and owies were typical, but now I know better. I may or may not have pulled to the side of the road to youtube Miss Celene Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me Now video and sent it to Coach Beth. Why? Because it’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me nowwwwww……. MARATHON TRAINING HURTS (and I’m slowly losing my mind!! muahaha) !!
Honestly, marathon training is SUPPOSED to hurt! You are pushing your body outside of its comfort zone to get stronger. On it’s way to getting stronger the body will often experience a fair bit of soreness! It’s normal to go to bed at 9 pm the night before and after a training run. It’s normal to feel the need to awkwardly stretch in public places, like in the line at BJ’s Wholesale Club or while at the playground with your daughter. Totally normal my friends. It’s normal to finish your long runs and want to just sit on the ground and have someone else spoon feed you and bathe you- I can promise you they won’t do it, but it’s normal to want someone else to do these these for you. It’s normal to have soreness in your knees to hurt a little as you go down stairs after your long run. It’s totally normal for your feet to hurt on mile 20- YOU ARE ON MILE 20!!!! It’s normal to carry around extra snacks during the day “just in case.” IT’S ALL NORMAL! It’s marathon training- NOT a trip to the cape. It’s supposed to hurt. 🙂
Here’s how the week shook out:
Miles: 10 miles with 8x800s descending in pace down to 3:09!
Meals- no pic and I can’t remember! But I’m 99% certain it was BBQ Chicken… A.G.A.I.N.
Miles: 3.3 recovery miles @ 9:22 pace
Meals: For lunch I’ve been REALLY trying to up my protein intake. I’ve been eating a spinach salad with turkey or BBQ chicken leftovers, fresh veggies and avo AND buying extra grilled chicken and fruit if needed at Whole Foods. On Tuesday we had our weekly family dinner at Owen’s where he cooked homemade garbanzo bean gnocchi with steamed broccoli and tomatoes- seriously the man knows how to cook! 🙂
Miles: 9.2 miles @ 7:45 pace (with 2×15 min tempo intervals of 6:48, 6:49!! yay FINALLY I NAILED THIS WORKOUT!!)
Meals: My favorite! String beans, edamame, a ginormous sweet potato and Parmesan cheese! I also ate some turkey jurkey before dinner… I rationalized that it was added protein…maybe… maybe not… 🙂
Miles: 2.6 recovery miles @ 9:35 pace and Lift!
Meals: I had an easy run/lift so I ate a pretty light lunch of turkey rollups with shredded mozz cheese, avo and a drizzle of fig balsamic, with a yogurt and trail mix :). For dinner I simply wasn’t in the mood to cook! I’ll be honest I was just feeling lazy so I went to the grocery store and got a few chicken wings, served them with peas turned on The Vow with Channing Tatum and called it a day.
Miles: 7.2 easy miles @ 8:22 pace
Meals: My body seems to really like pasta as my pre-long run meal! So I’m going to roll with that! Pasta with meat balls it is! Plus this marathoner’s version of wine: pellegrino. Oooh so fancy!
Miles: LONG RUN: 19.2 miles @ 7:55 pace* descending splits. Goal was to run comfortably for first 15 miles/2 hrs then descend pace and MOVE MOVE MOVE for final 30 minutes (final splits were 7:41, 7:49, 7:28, 7:28)!!
Meals: Immediately after my long run I had a protein recovery drink. Then Molly and I enjoyed pancakes with sliced bananas and a side of bacon! YESSS! For dinner I went out to dinner at Lime Leaf cafe in Weymouth and devoured the tastiest Thai food on the South Shore (Crispy chicken basil and Crispy pineapple beef) ! Even though Saturday is my day to indulge, I made sure to only have one helping at dinner – so hard to do!! So good!
Miles: 3.7 recovery miles @ 9:35 pace
Meal: Lululemon Marathon Maven Mingle @ Drink in Boston. After getting a flat tire on Saturday post long run and locking myself out of my new apartment on Sunday I made it to the Lulu-party and was totally ready to relax! After snapping this quick pick I put my phone away! Sorry guys! Either way I had a blast meeting tons of the other mavens from each of the other Lulu locations around Boston and as politely and respectfully as possible inhaled the most delicious mini grill cheese sandwiches I have ever eaten in my life!! THANK YOU LULULEMON for a super fun nigh! Hugs!
Even though I was missing my mini me a ton this week it all shook out pretty darn well! With 7 weeks to go training is in full swing!! But it’s important to remember that a solid marathon performance is more than one good week of training so I have to keep this train rolling!! Giddy up and let’s go- on to the next week!
Never stop running,
The Lone Runner/ Kass