I’m wiped. 18 miles took a lot out of me today. Tapering is always a bit hellish, but I’m glad to have my long runs behind me for this training cycle. Here’s what I did for long runs this time around (a LR being anything more than 10 miles):
Week 3: LR = 14 miles @ 8:53 avg
Week 5: LR = 16 miles @ 8:50 avg
Week 6: LR = 15 miles @ 9:44 avg (mountain trail run at 9,000 feet – 1,500 ft. elevation gain)
Week 7: Half marathon race @ 8:12 avg (1:47:31)
Week 8: LR = 21 miles @ 12 avg (Run with Dean!)
Week 9: LR = 11 miles @ 10:30 avg (trail run – 1,000 ft. elevation gain)
Week 10: LR = 16 miles @8:53 avg
Week 11: LR = 20 miles @ 9:15 avg
Week 12: LR = 19 miles @ 8:49 avg.
Week 13: LR = 16 miles @8:30 avg
Week 14: LR = 18.08 miles @ 8:39 avg
The average paces are moving paces and do not include breaks taken to crap, vomit, cry, stretch, GU or wait at lights.
The weather was on my side today: sunny and high 40s at the start. I wore my new Pearl Izumi arm warmers and fell in love with the arm warmer concept. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to grab a pair. And for only $20! Takes me back to my favorite leg warmers in the 80s. Only cooler.
Even though the run was done at a pretty quick pace (I was trying to keep it closer to 9 minute miles) it did seem to drag on. My legs felt more sore than usual and I’m attributing that to my tough speed work and tempo runs this week. I do feel it’s time for a rest and in that sense, I am welcoming my two week taper. I want to show up at the start line of the Denver Rock ‘n Roll rested, strong and fresh.
Tomorrow I am running the Race for the Cure in Denver (5K). My friend Kathy started running in July when I created a training plan for her with this race goal in mind. We will run together, and her goal is to come in under 32 minutes. We’ve got our pinks shirts and “Save the Tatas” socks laid out and ready to go for a 7:00 a.m. start. I feel privileged to be with Kathy as she crosses her first race finish line ever. And, for such a great cause. Should be an emotional morning.
On a closing note, I don’t step on the scale often, but I did today after my run. I think I’ve lost about five pounds in the past month. Weird. Usually I will gain a pound or two during marathon training due to eating more and building muscle. Great, could it be possible I’ve lost even more weight in my already itty bitty boobs? Super. I’ve never trained for a marathon through the summer and am wondering if this is part of the weight loss. Sweating more? Not being as hungry? I also think there have been some stressful events (Running with Dean, being the volunteer coordinator for my first race, gum surgery, skydiving) that all hit within weeks of each other. I am the type who responds to stress with a decreased appetite. I know, hate me.
Do you gain, lose or remain steady during training?
PS: I have a series of cool giveaways coming up with a motivational and goal-setting fitness theme. Stay tuned for this at some point in the next week or two. I’m really excited about it.