This week was 59 miles of running, 24 "miles" of pool-running and 2000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
I'm back of the swing of things this week. And it's very familiar but also strange.
The "4-3-2-1" workout I did on Sunday was simultaneously easy and challenging. Since I ran marathon pace for a bit over 26 miles not too long ago, I subconsciously have this naive expectation that any shorter distance I run at marathon pace - for example, 4 miles - should feel as effortless as the first few miles did at Chicago. So when I started the workout, and realized that I was actually having to work a bit, it was a bit of a surprise. It shouldn't have been a surprise, but it was.
But once I accepted the fact that marathon training requires one to buckle down and do work, it was fine. Almost easy, in fact. It wasn't terribly hard, it just wasn't effortless. The paces I ran were slightly faster than what I held for this workout during the Chicago cycle, but my heart rate was exactly where it should be for marathon pace - I think the faster pace can be attributed to the 25 degree drop in temperature between then and now.
The other challenge of the past week was trying not to do too much. It's the same battle I think most marathoners face when tapering - you're trying to do just enough to maintain your fitness, without overdoing it from a fear of losing fitness and sabotaging your race.
It's hard to ride that fine line for a 3 week taper. It's harder to ride that fine line for 8 weeks between marathons, when the temptation is to pile everything on and rack up as many miles and hard workouts as you can in that short time between races. So far, I think I'm hitting the right balance of doing enough but not too much. But it's tricky, to say the least.
Monday: yoga and 7 "miles" pool-running; 3 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling at night.
Tuesday: 11 miles, including 4x1200 in 4:43, 4:39, 4:40, 4:38. Followed with injury prevention work and 750 yards of swimming. Foam rolling at night.
Wednesday: 10 miles very easy (8:56) plus upper body weights. 4 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling at night.
Thursday: 9 "miles" pool-running in the morning. Foam rolling at night
Friday: 11 miles, including a workout of 3200, 1600 in 12:37 (6:28/6:09) and 6:07. Followed with injury prevention work and 850 yards of swimming. Foam rolling at night.
Saturday: 10 miles very easy (9:15) plus drills and strides and upper body weights. 3 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling at night.
Sunday: 17 miles, including a workout of 4, 3, 2, and 1 miles at marathon pace, with 1 mile easy in between. Splits were:
4 mile in 28:08 (7:06/7:01/7:02/6:59 - average pace 7:02)
3 mile in 20:57 (7:01/6:58/6:58 - average pace 6:59)
2 mile in 13:59 (6:59/7:00- average pace 7:00)
1 mile in 6:41
450 yards of recovery swimming and foam rolling in afternoon.