Week 12 was a great training week. It was a cutback week, only 5-6 miles, but was a welcomed mental break.
The good: nailed all my hard runs and the paces felt easy! Did some climbing on my long run and that also felt easy.
The bad: because of weather, I rearranged my schedule and put too many quality runs close together. My body is feeling the effects of that. Note to self: do not put quality workouts back-to-back. Bad, bad idea. I also didn’t finish my mileage from Tuesday, so I put 3.5 easy miles on Wednesday morning, my rest day. So, I didn’t have a rest day last week. Also a very bad idea. Even though they were short, easy miles, my body needed a day off.
One more thing I shouldn’t have done was allow myself to run my easy 10 on Thursday too fast. Even though an 8:13 pace is easy, I shouldn’t went slower to allow my body recovery time. I also ran my “race pace” day too fast. My goal marathon pace is roughly 7:45, but I ended up doing all nine miles at a 7:20. FAIL. Normally, I’d be excited, but this isn’t good because I need to dial into race pace.
When I get nervous, I tend to run too fast. I know it’s a ways out yet, but running the Boston Marathon has me both excited and freaked out at the same time.
•Easy 6 miles, 8:48 pace
•Strength run day, 7.5 miles total
•6 at strength pace, 7:36
•Easy 3.5, 9:04 pace
•Easy 10 miles, 8:13 pace
•Easy 3, 9:14 pace
•Easy 14, 8:22 pace, 639 foot gain
•5 minutes of planks
•air squats and push-ups
•Race pace day, 11 miles total
•9 miles at GMP, 7:20 pace
•5 minutes of planks and additional core
•2 strength sessions
So, overall it was a successful week, but I made many mistakes this week, too. My goal for Week 13 is to dial in and stick to the plan – no switching days/mileage around, and not running any prescribed paces too fast.