I’m going to (try to) start doing a weekly review of the training for the week before. This will likely be pretty dry for most of you out there (unless Michelle and I continue to have long run adventures like the one this weekend!). But, I want to highlight the ups and downs of a training cycle this long and intense mostly for myself but also so that those of you who want to go for it can see what it’s like and maybe, hopefully be inspired.
So. 14 weeks to go. 3.5 months. Seems far away still.
Monday: Mondays are a circuit day for me. I also want to make them a yoga day, but I’m not waking up early enough to go to the 6am class at StudiOne. It’s a weekly struggle. I did get in 3 rounds of full body circuits, and a little bit of yoga simply from teaching to my class.
Tuesday: Track day! I ran a descending ladder today with the StudiOne track group. My target track pace for Boston is really fast (to me). I aim for under 7 min average on every track interval. I hit it today and felt really strong! Tried the Run Fast Eat Slow Beet Smoothie after and almost loved it.
Wednesday: More circuits. And I went to Rachel’s 5:30pm flow class at StudiOne. I want to make Wednesday a yoga and circuit day too. Nailed it this week! I had my first appointment with Dr. Brandon Washatka DC that Michelle recommended to me. My shoulder has been hurting, feeling a little bit like tendonitis, my low back feels compressed and my left hip is very tight. I always have to very carefully open up into Warrior 2 from Warrior 1. I told him all of this and went over other health history things. He cracked me a few times, and I felt like a completely new person when I left. My neck and shoulder muscles relaxed, which released some of the pressure on my shoulder, my low back felt like it had space again and my hip is bothering me less. I’m going to keep going to him on his recommendation throughout the training.
Thursday: This is a buddy run day. Michelle and I get together around 8:30 after my first two classes to crank through a tempo run. Sometimes we follow the template and sometimes we just run hard. Today we went for 1 mile easy, 5 miles hard and 1 mile easy. We made it but both almost puked at the end of that 5 mile interval. I could feel a difference from the adjustment and think I ran stronger because of it.
Friday: Rest day for me.
Saturday: Taught yoga class so got a little bit of a stretch. Ideally we’ll run long on Saturdays but an actual monsoon descended on Tulsa today so we didn’t run. I did my third circuit in the afternoon at the Studio so that I can practice running long on tired legs.
Sunday: Long run. Went 17 miles! This is the farthest I’ve run in over 4 years. I was surprised how easy it felt not only to go that far but to maintain our pace. We strategically drove to southwest Tulsa so we could have the northeast wind at our back most of the way. It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed adventuring along the river and on the backroads of Jenks. We encountered flooded roads to wade through, 20+mph winds and a little sleet storm on our cooldown. All kinds of crazy weather. And then, we brunched.
Overall, this was a great week for me. I feel healthy and strong in my bones and muscles and we hit all our target pace times. Maybe I can do this after all…..