Nashville Marathon Training: Week Six (44.18 miles)

Just like that six weeks have flown by. This week was one of my favorite so far because I got to explore new places, run lots of hills, and push myself with my long run. This was the highest mileage week yet and I’m feeling good.

Here’s my week breakdown:

Monday – 7 miles + hiking

Early morning 7 miler through Sedona! I got to  watch the sunrise and enjoy the fresh air. It just felt nice to be running in short sleeves outside in February. The route I took was definitely hilly which was tough after my hilly Saturday race, but I enjoyed the change of pace. Then Kyle and I spent the day hiking. No idea how far we went, but it was some great cross training. I loved spending time outside in the sun.

Tuesday – 4 miles 

Explored a super rocky trail for 4 miles to kick off my birthday! The terrain was tough to move quickly on, but I did what I could. And I didn’t twist my ankle which was all I wanted! I live for tough trail runs in new places. It was the best way to kick off 24.

Wednesday – Cycle Class AM + 8.18 miles PM (speed workout)

Almost missed my spin class due to turning off my alarm, but I sprinted to the studio and made it just in time. It felt like I hadn’t been to spin in awhile, so I was just happy to be there. Then after work I had my speed workout with the group. Mile repeats times 4, plus a warm up & cool down brought us to 8.18 miles. Repeats were all between 7:20-7:40 average pace which is even a littler faster than we wanted them to be, but we felt strong. I definitely wouldn’t push myself as hard during speed work if I didn’t have the group.

Thursday – Rest day

I moved my rest day to today instead of Friday because I was really tired and sore. And I was hoping it would be a little warmer on Friday morning.

Friday – 7 miles 

It wasn’t warm. 14 degrees and windy, but I still got outside and got my 7 miles done. Held an 8:29 average pace and felt pretty good. I always enjoy running after a rest day.

Saturday – 18 miles

18 hilly miles at 8:14 average pace. What?! I’m still in shock this happened. I was really nervous going into this run. Already hitting this high of mileage and running tough hills is intimidating, but this running group makes the miles fly by. I was really tired and had my doubts for the first 6 miles. But then I found my stride and felt a lot better. The hills are always tough, but they’re making me stronger. I can’t believe 8:14 pace is starting to feel like my easy pace. I really enjoyed this entire run. The company, the weather, the course. It’s nice to get out of the city. We killed it!

Sunday – Flywheel class 

Sundays are for cross training. Started my day with a 45 minute cycling class at Flywheel. High torq was tough on my sore legs and I struggled a bit, but it was still nice to flush out my legs. And I’m going to do a lot of stretching today!

I feel like I’ve really hit my groove this training cycle. I’m hitting the miles, cross training, and holding faster paces. Training doesn’t feel like a burden, it’s just part of my life. I love it. I’d prefer to always be marathon training. And I can’t wait to see what the next 10 weeks hold!

Week six – 44.18 miles 

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