I can not believe I just finished two months of Berlin marathon training. Time is going by quickly and race day is just ten short weeks away. I have run 208 miles in training so far, which seems really low, but then I remember that the plan starts off pretty mildly, mileage wise. Over the next ten weeks I expect to run about 475 more miles before crossing the finish line in Berlin. So far, I’m feeling mostly good. I’ve had some tendinitis in my right ankle, but I pretty quickly realized that it was a result of not foam rolling my extremely tight calves, so I’ve been committed to daily rolling and that has helped. The heat has been a challenge so far and I am learning again how important it is that I recover properly from long, hot and humid runs.
Here’s how last week shook out:
Monday: 5 easy miles to start the week. It was hot and humid, but that statement can be applied to all the runs this week.
Tuesday: 6X800. I was nervous about this – I’m nervous about pretty much all my workouts! I chunked it up in my head and told myself it was only 24 hard minutes – and that I could do that. It helped a bit, because I hit all my paces and survived. LOL!
Wednesday: REST DAY IS THE BEST DAY!
Thursday: My friend and Oiselle teammate Daniela was here from NYC. She agreed to run with me for my tempo run. It was extremely hot and humid and we definitely turned the run into a sports bra run because it was just so gross. It was really nice to have speedy company on this run. Also notice the coordination – it was NOT planned. 🙂
Friday: Meant to run 5. I slept in and only had time for 3. It was blazing hot, so I didn’t feel sad.
Saturday: 16 miles. This was my longest run since March. It was also HOT and HUMID and HILLY. We were climbing for about three miles straight. If you are familiar with DC, we ran from VA to DC then all the way up to MD, back into DC and then back to VA. My calves and glutes are still sore from this run, lol.
Sunday: 4 easy and slow miles over to see my bud Caitlin’s new house in SE DC. Caitlin just bought a home and since she is my closest neighbor friend, I had to know how to run from my house to her new place. So we mapped out that route and lucky for me, her new house is right off my favorite trail. Yay!
I’m heading to NYC for a couple days. Anyone have any ideas for a track close to Midtown I can use on Tuesday?