This week was 60 miles of running, 1000 yards of swimming and 21 "miles" of pool-running -- training log is here.
I'm three weeks out from the Houston Marathon. Normally when I marathon train I either a) do the last 20+ miler four weeks out and then race a half-marathon 3 weeks out or b) do the last 20+ miler three weeks out. However, since three weeks out coincided with both Christmas and the polar vortex, I did my last 20+ mile last weekend (4 weeks out) and decided to just focus on form and leg speed this week.
Since I raced a marathon back in October and my last 20 miler felt so good, I really don't think I need much more marathon specific training. At the same time, I know I have a lot of room for improvement in terms of leg turnover and gait, so I'm mostly focusing on those for the last few weeks.
For that reason, I did an Iwo Jima hill workout on Friday - normally I do this workout a few times at the very beginning of a training cycle, and then progress to more standard track and road workouts. But I thought I could really benefit from another session focusing on leg power and gait (especially fast downhill running) so I added this one in when the Friday track workout was cancelled.
[Incidentally, the Friday track workout was cancelled because the "polar vortex" was approaching. Fortunately, the polar vortex did not arrive in DC until exactly 8:35 am. I did my hill workout in a fairly reasonable 45 degrees with light rain and moderate wind. As I cooled down, I could see a dark shelf cloud rolling in. I finished my cooldown at 8:30 am and hopped in the car for what ended up being a sketchy 15 minute drive home in ice pellets and high winds.]
I spent the weekend on my treadmill rather than deal with single digit (Fahrenheit) temperatures outside. I was pretty happy with both weekend runs - the treadmill has been a real challenge for my neurological issues in the past, but I handled it fairly well this weekend. I was especially happy with Sunday's workout, which is the fastest I've been able to run on the treadmill in a while. My heart rate was also very controlled for the whole workout, which was a positive sign for my fitness.
Monday: 9 "miles" pool-running. Foam rolling at night.