This week was 52 miles of running, 1000 yards of swimming and 27 "miles" of pool-running -- training log is here.
This week I decided to revise my fall plans, and drop down from the full marathon at Indy Monumental to the half marathon (assuming I'm able to - I sent a request in asking if I could switch). I'll still do the Columbus Half Marathon, which was originally scheduled as my tune-up for Indy - now my planned schedule is Columbus half on October 17, Indy half three weeks later, and then a turkey trot before taking my season break.
It was a tough decision, but ultimately the right one, I think. It's obvious to me that I'm not where I should be fitness wise 5-6 weeks out from a marathon. At this point in a cycle, runs of 20+ miles should not feel challenging (though including marathon effort work at the end might be). But that's not the case for me right now - I'm just not as strong as I would like to be. It's the unfortunate but understandable consequence of starting this training cycle at a deficit due to iron deficiency.
At the same time, my fitness is definitely improving each week, and I think I'm in a good place to run some fast half-marathons, especially if I add a bit of speed to the strength I've built so far from the marathon work.
Additionally, I haven't been able to race a turkey trot in several years since I've always run a late fall marathon - it will be great to finally be able to do that. Another plus is that I won't have to take quite as long a break after the end of my season (which will now be after the turkey trot), since I won't have to factor in post-marathon recovery. I can take a few days pool-running/junk food and a week or two of hills, and then start building for the spring.
Saturday's workout was originally planned to be 2x5 at marathon effort, but I swapped it down to 3x3 miles at marathon effort, plus 1 mile a bit faster. Both are technically marathon workouts, but the second works much better for a half-marathon, especially with the faster mile at the end. It went mostly well. I ran the last 3 mile segment a bit too hard/fast, but that's not a big deal if I'm not using it as training for a marathon.
Monday: 8 "miles" pool-running and streaming yoga. Foam rolling at night.