Nashville Marathon Training: Week Ten (39.11 miles)

Only seven weeks left in this training cycle!! I was very thankful for a drop down week this week. My body was craving it. I missed some miles, but I got in what I could and enjoyed the little bit of a “break.” Plus it was a race week, so lower mileage earlier in the week was a good thing for my legs.

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday – 3.1 miles

I didn’t have a lot of time in the morning before conference day two, but I had to get in a short run to explore DC at least a little bit. Managed to fit in 3.1 miles. Ran downhill on the way out and uphill the entire way back. Extra hills are always a good idea if you ask me. DC is beautiful and I wish I could have run for longer, but I did what I could!

Tuesday – 5 miles

Met up with Carly after work and we ran 2.5 miles to an event and then ran another 2.5 mile “fun run” there. The pace was pretty slow, but it was nice to log some easy miles. Again, not the mileage I was supposed to hit, but 5 miles is better than nothing!

Wednesday – Torch Class (1/2) AM + 8.11 miles PM (speed work)

I showed up to my 5:45 AM Torch class, but my body was not having it. I was exhausted from my travel and the long weekend and not feeling great. I decided to just do one rowing section and one strength section after the warm up. So, approximately a 33 minute workout and then I left. I knew I had my speed workout after work too and I’m trying not to burn myself out. I really didn’t need the extra miles during class and I was happy with the decision. After work, it was mile repeats. Talk about wind. It was really tough, but we got in 4 repeats at 7:27, 7:16, 7:02, 7:12. With warm up and cool down it was 8.11 miles. So, 8.41 miles for the day with my little treadmill warm up from class in the morning. Lots of work today! Strong speed workouts give me hope for strong marathons.

Thursday – Cycle Class PM

I moved my run to Friday, but still wanted to take a cycling class at Studio Three for March Madness. Went with Kyle and Cara. Class is always more fun with workout buddies. Kyle and I are in March Madness which means we’re matched up against another couple and the couple with the higher average power score moves on. We aren’t sure if we did better yet, but even though I highly doubt we did, I’m glad we signed up. I scored a 303, which is strong for me. We will see what happens!

Friday – 7 miles

I normally wouldn’t have run 7 miles at 8:11 average pace the night before a half marathon, but when Kati is in town and wants some company for a long run, I’m there. I joined her for 7 miles of her 12 and it was SO nice to catch up. Miles truly fly by with good company. Pace felt easy. It was cold and windy, which was a nice preview for the morning, but we had fun.

Saturday – Get Lucky Half Marathon (13.1 miles) + 2.5 miles warm up

Race day! I ran 2.5 miles to the start line as a warm up so I would hit 15.60 miles for the day. I wasn’t exactly sure I was going to race this half, but I felt like my legs had some speed. The wind was brutal. It was so so cold. I will write a separate race recap, but I ended up finishing with a time of 1:38:59. 7:34 average pace. Missed my PR by about 16 seconds, but it was still a very strong race for me. I’ll take it!

Sunday – Cycle Class + Yoga Flow 75

Sunday is my cross training day, which means multiple hours spent at Studio Three – the place to be. 4 PM cycle class with Sayre and Yoga Flow 75 with Katy on the agenda for this afternoon. My tired legs need to get flushed out and then stretched out, that’s for sure. My favorite way to end a hard week of work.

Week 8 =  39.11 miles 

I didn’t take a complete rest day this week, which wasn’t really on purpose, but it worked out for me. Too much I wanted to do this week! My schedule can get a little crazy and I know I’m juggling a lot, but my body is responding well. If it doesn’t? (Like on Wednesday morning) I listen. Doing what is right for your body is so important throughout training.

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