Monday, April 16, 2012

Not according to plan! (Week 13 of training)

Week 13 of training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is done. This week did NOT go according to plan, but I guess that's why it's a "plan" right? Things are meant to be changed when needed. I wish there was a better reason for my training not to go according to plan, but unfortunately, Friday evening I was struck with a stomach bug. UGH! I haven't had a stomach bug in THREE YEARS. So, of course, I get one the night before my second 20 miler of this training cycle. I have been so happy with my training for this marathon compared to my training for my first marathon. I've been feeling great, I've been hitting goals, I've been keeping up with speedwork, with strength training, core work, everything I wanted to. I think that made me even more disappointed to miss this run. After the first 20 miler two weeks ago that went really well, I thought if I could get 3 20 (+) milers in this training cycle that it would make the first 20 miles of the marathon that much "easier". That was my delusion. Luckily, I have some great running friends with some very wise words. They quickly pointed out that missing one long run with the mileage that I've had so far isn't going to hurt me (too much). Just keep doing what I've been doing and listen to my body. That plan hasn't failed me yet, so that's what I'm going with.

Honestly, I know I have had a super 13 weeks of training. I took a deep breath and I am trying not to look at is as a missed run, but more that my body needed a break. So I gave it one. I have logged 448.75 miles over 13 weeks of training. There are just over 4 weeks and 184.8 (planned) miles more to run. That's 633.55 miles to train for the marathon. For USAF, I ran 427.26 miles. Looking at the fact that I've already trained more, I know I WILL BE READY!

Wednesday's mid-long run was fantastic! I drove into town to explore the streets like I haven't done since I was a collegiate several a few years ago. It was a lot of fun to see the campus on foot, to run through town. And best of all, I ran all 8 miles with NO MUSIC! It was a gorgeous day and I wanted to hear the sounds of nature, plus, for whatever reason, I didn't feel a need for my iPod. It was in my SpiBelt and I figured that I would pull out my earbuds when the need for music arose. I realized when I got back to the car that I never stopped to do that. It felt great to realize that I don't HAVE to have music on my longer runs. Before Wednesday, I think that farther I had ever gone without music was 4 or 5 miles. apparently, I CAN handle the thoughts in my head!

Week 13 stats:

Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8.14 miles
Thursday: 4.5 miles with middle 2 miles close to tempo pace
Friday: strength training
Saturday: SICK!
Sunday: 4.5 miles

Total for week 13 of marathon training: 23.15 miles

Hope everyone had a great week training and/or racing! 

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