Monday, October 29, 2012

Training log - Week ending 10/28/12

This week was 82 miles of “real running” and 10 “miles” pool running, no swimming breathing drills -- training log is here.  

Last week of marathon training is done, and now I’m tapering.  My week ended up being a bit skewed – since I needed to run my last 20 on Saturday (so I could cheer at the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday), I needed to push back my last tempo to Thursday.  In turn, I ended up skipping my Tuesday interval workout – it just didn’t make sense to pile a 10 mile race, an interval workout, a tempo, and a 20 mile run into 8 days.  So subbed easy miles for Tuesday’s intervals. 

The workouts that I did do went well – despite feeling the cumulative effect of the past month’s training, I was able to hit the paces I would expect to hit while sustaining the proper effort level (not straining).  My legs feel like they’ve traded their top end speed for strength – that seems like a good tradeoff for marathoning.  

I was particularly happy with my long run, which I paced exactly how I wanted.  7:03 feels very natural and comfortable, though I’m thinking that I’ll still start out with a more conservative marathon pace, and then see how I feel at the halfway point.  If I run my marathon and finish feeling like I had too much in the tank at the end, that’s not the worst thing in the world.  In fact, pretty much ideal for a first marathon.  

My long run also taught me an important lesson.  My coach continually reminds us to hydrate and eat early -- “if you wait until you start feeling hungry or thirsty, it's too late!”  I’ve read that and processed it, but I didn’t really comprehend it.  Until Saturday’s long run.  I carried a water bottle with me, but wasn’t particularly thirsty, so I didn’t drink much during the first parts of my run, and just took a brief sip at water fountains – I had the bottle with me, so I figured I could just drink whenever I wanted – i.e waiting until I was thirsty.  So, not much water.  

Whoops.   Towards the end of the long run (just past 18 miles) I suddenly got ridiculously thirsty, and running got a lot harder.  Drained my handheld in about 2 seconds and wished I had two more.   Hung on to finish a full 20 miles with 8 at marathon pace, but had a valuable lesson drilled into my head as well.  The memory of how those last few dehydrated miles felt will help me take my hydration seriously during my race, and hopefully ensure I don’t make the same mistake again.


Monday:   In the morning, 60 minutes of easy pool-running for “6 miles” followed with upper body strengthwork and injury prevention exercises.  3.5 miles very easy (8:33) plus foam rolling at night.

Tuesday:  In the morning, 7.5 miles very easy (8:32), followed by yoga.  Later did another 8 miles easy (7:53).  Got a massage that night.

Wednesday:   In the morning, 9 miles very easy (9:07), followed by light injury prevention work and foam rolling.

Thursday:   In the morning, 14.5 miles, including a tempo workout of 2x3 miles on a local bike trail (pace of 6:33 for uphill 3, 6:26 for downhill 3), followed by injury prevention work.  20 minutes of shakeout pool-running and foam rolling at night.

Friday:  In the morning, 10 miles very easy (9:04 pace), followed by upper body strengthwork and injury prevention exercises.  Foam rolling in the afternoon.

Saturday:   In the morning, 21.5 miles as a progression long run, split as 8:34 for first 7 miles, 7:42 for next 5.5, 7:03 for next 8, and then jog last mile.  Followed with 20 minutes of recovery pool-running; foam rolling in the afternoon.

Sunday:   8 miles over the course of about 4 hours (cheering for the Marine Corps Marathon).  Foam rolling in the afternoon.


  1. Woohoo!!!! Cris is running a marathon! Congrats on completing training strong and un-injured! :-)

  2. I'm glad to hear that you have gotten to taper in good shape! And with the hydration mistake, a bit better prepared heading into the race!

  3. I never, ever, ever, ever manage to drink enough in the early part of a long run. I'll think I am, and then suddenly, boom, I want four water bottles stat. I think when I have my handheld, I'm terrified of running out, which is silly, because if I suddenly need to drink the whole bottle ... I'll run out.

    Bring on the taper!