Recap of Mileage
Total Miles: 184.95
Long Runs: 79 miles, ranging from 5 to 17 miles. Average pace 9:22
My long runs were all on the river trail or at North Park.
Easy Runs: 72.7 miles, ranging from 3 to 6.2 miles
My easy runs are all over the place- Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Roads, Trails, Treadmills - basically anywhere and everywhere!
Speed Workouts: 33.25 miles, ranging from 4.5 to 6.75 miles
Some of the speed workouts that I did include:
- Mile repeats (average pace of 8:00)
- Tempo runs (average pace of 8:10)
- Marathon pace runs (average pace of 9:00)
- Ladder workouts (average pace of 6:51)
Cross Training: Usually twice per week
I've tried a lot of different classes for cross training, including:
I was signed up for two races, but I chickened out with the weather on both.
What's working for me
Listening to Podcasts:
I love listening to podcasts at the beginning of long runs, or during my warm-ups for speed work. This helps to keep my pace slower when I start out. Once I start to get tired (or start my speed work), I switch on music and that helps to give me a burst of energy when I need it the most! You can see a list of podcasts that I love in this post.
I've been focusing on making recovery a priority. After every run, I stretch out (doing a lot of my favorite yoga moves), foam roll (I have this one), drink tart cherry juice, and hydrate with an alpha amino acid drink. Whenever I have issues popping up (this time around it's been my back that's giving my problems) I also use a heating pad. This is great for large muscle groups that are really tight and sore. For smaller areas or more acute pain, I'll use ice and compression socks.
Believing in myself and getting support:
A marathon is a huge challenge, and coming into this training cycle I was really nervous. My previous two full marathons were both disasters, so I thought I wasn't cut out for the distance. After really great training cycles for two half marathons last year, I decided to give it another go, and so far it's been great! I realized that I need to believe in myself and forget about the mistakes I've made in the past, and focus on being stronger in the future.
I've also gotten a lot of support from fellow runners. I think that we can all relate to having those negative thoughts, or feelings that we can't do something. My friend Sokphal gave me some great advice the other day after my 17 miler, including this gem- "You are always stronger than you think you are". That's going to be my mantra for the rest of training- so simple and powerful.
Cleaning up my eating:
I talked enough about the magic of Whole30 enough, so I'll keep this short (if you want to read more, make sure you check out my Whole30 recap!). Changing how I eat has completely transformed my life and my running for the better, and I think it's a big reason why my times are getting faster and my recovery is better than ever!
What to improve
Longer mid-week runs:
So far, I've been shortening my mid-week runs. There's been a lot going on in my life lately- from house hunting to wedding planning- so most of the time I'm just trying to squeeze in a few miles before I have to head off somewhere. I'm hoping that most of the hard work is behind me, and I can start to add miles onto these easy runs. I'm also able to start running before work now, which should help free up time!
More consistent cross training:
I've been all over the place with cross training. Some weeks I'll do an activity pretty much every day, and other weeks I completely skip it. I would like to get into a routine for these final eight weeks, and hopefully include swimming and core as my main activities. I also see huge improvements when I go to group power, so I want to prioritize that as well!
I mentioned above that I skipped my two races that I had scheduled so far this year. Of course, the worst weather days happened to fall on those days, so I'm trying to not beat myself up about missing. Heading into the second half of training, though, I want to make sure I get in some races to practice race-day fueling and paces. I have a few scheduled right now, so I'm hoping nothing catastrophic happens!
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How is your training going?
Does anyone else have a mantra when they're running?
What can you improve for the rest of your training cycle?