Boston Marathon Training Week #5

Life is super all-up-in-my-face right now. In a good way! But there have been so many changes in such a short period of time (as in, a few days), that I’m feeling a little off kilter. Kind of like I jumped into someone else’s life.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s all exciting, but it’s just a lot. Not to mention there’s this little race in 37 days that I’m not feeling very ready for, in any regard.

Nevertheless, I’m trying to keep training up and running (pun intended), despite the fact that I’d rather be sleeping and watching House of Cards in bed 99% of the time. Screw daylight savings time, too. Has it been worse this year?

Unrelated picture of BF and I in our Uhaul. The cat is in his cage under that pillow. He hated every minute. Also, Broncos.

Unrelated picture of BF and I in our Uhaul. The cat is in his cage under that pillow. He hated every minute. Also, Broncos.

Here’s how last week looked, which was my last week in Seattle. “Last” was the theme of the week…as you’ll be able to tell.

Monday: 8 miles + some core

This was my last day in the office at work, so a run was necessary. It was a pretty good one, and with no stops needed along the way, I was a happy camper.

Tuesday: ~80 minute swim

Last swim in my gym’s dirty, dirty pool. Not exactly sad to say goodbye.

Wednesday: 6 miles + Total Body Conditioning class

Considering the torrential downpour we were getting, I did my run on the treadmill, and (big surprise) it sucked. Not as bad as it did a few weeks ago, but I’m realizing more and more that my treadmill tolerance is really waning. The class was HARD also. Like, oddly harder than perhaps it’s ever been. This was my last time going though, and I tried to appreciate it through all my burpie-hating and dead lift cursing. Seriously though, I have loved this class and it’s going to be hard to find a replacement.

Thursday: Spin class + stair stepper

Nothing special to report here. Trying to get in additional cardio other than running, which is much less fun.

Friday: 20 miles

First 20-miler of this training session and I felt great. Oh, and this was also the best run of my entire life 🙂

This was my view for the entire road trip. It did not suck. And please do not make fun of my special pinky.

This was my view for the entire road trip. It did not suck. And please do not make fun of my special pinky.

Saturday: Rest

My legs were jacked after that long run followed by sitting in the car all day. One of my calves felt like a brick, and it took a lot of stretching to get that bad boy back into working condition. My diet of girl scout cookies, gas station coffee, and Bugles probably didn’t do much to aid recovery. #fitfluential

The only time I thought to stretch my legs out the entire trip. Wyoming is boring. And windy.

The only time I thought to stretch my legs out the entire trip. Wyoming is boring. And windy.

Sunday: 6 miles

First run in Denver! Also the sloggiest run I’ve had in a while. Not like I’m surprised. Altitude + sore legs + sitting in a car for two straight days= struggle. And I struggled. But it was nice to see the new neighborhood.

Total= 40 miles

I’m happy about that number. I’d rather be effortlessly logging closer to 50-55 (duh), but this is suitable for now. This week has been a cutback week, and the next two weeks will be focused on logging quality miles before tapering. And…WTF? How are we already talking about tapering? So scared.

I’ve almost always done a three week taper, but I’m considering cutting it to two given my lack of training. What do you think? Part of me thinks I shouldn’t mess with a good thing, but another part of me knows that I’ve always in better marathon shape than I will be this time around. Thoughts?

Also, thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments and responses to my special announcement on Wednesday 🙂 It’s been one crazy week, but I’m still tickled whenever I remember that there’s a WEDDING in our future.

Denver residents!

Denver residents!

 

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One thought on “Boston Marathon Training Week #5

  1. cisforcourtney

    on a roll, girl! welcome to denver! awesome job maintaining that mileage during a super busy week! i promise running at altitude gets easier and will only make you stronger! just keep truckin’ through it! sweet hat! ps: the only thing i’d like to remember about this past super bowl was the commercial with david beckham running through the streets in his… shorts… haha!

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