I’ve made it through my peak week #1 of training. And boy am I glad that week is done! Not only was the weather brutal but I developed some leg pain on Saturday (boo). Only two more “long” runs before Wineglass and I am starting to feel a bit more confident. I had a couple of tough runs that really helped my mental game.
On to my marathon training recap for this week:
Monday: I celebrated Labor Day by taking a lovely (but humid, of course) five mile run in Rock Creek Park. It’s fun to switch up the scenery sometimes! I also went to an evening Pure Barre class.
Tuesday: Pure Barre
Wednesday: Track workout – this was a tough one (again). I thought that last week’s weather was awful. This Wednesday was even more oppressive. The humidity had to be just about 100%. It was so painful. We did 3×800, 3×600 and 3×400, plus a warm up and cool down to equal out to 6 miles. I had also run 2 miles at lunch to equal 8 miles for the day. I was wiped out by the end of this. Very very tough workout due to the weather.
Thursday: Pure Barre
Friday: Rest day.
Saturday: Twenty miles. Oh man. This was an interesting one. The weather was a definite improvement in terms of temps but the humidity was high, again (ugh). Two things happened at mile ten: first, my left calf began cramping and seizing in pain. Not good. Second, it began raining. I’m okay with rainy runs (especially in the summer), so that wasn’t so bad. You might recall that I experienced leg cramps during the latter portion of the Richmond marathon last fall. Not good. I began panicking because I was really nervous that the cramps that basically ruined Richmond for me, time wise would ruin this run. I told myself that I was just getting a chance to test out my mental strength and figure out how’d I deal if it happened again on race day. So, I took an extra salt stick, ate a few pretzels and kept telling myself “I am fine. I am fine.” I kept saying it enough that eventually I started to believe it. Somehow, the cramps subsided enough for me to run a strong finish with mile 19 as the fastest of the day. Physically, my calf is still kind of tight. But mentally, I’m feeling really solid and encouraged that I can handle unexpected pain and not fall apart.
Sunday: A slow two mile recovery run. My calf felt better but was still a bit tight. I’ve been really bad about doing recovery runs so it was nice to finally get one in.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve also been doing the Jasyoga 26.2 readiness plan. I’ve been doing one yoga pose each day, along with various exercises they’ve shared. I’m hoping this is one more piece of the puzzle that will help me be ready for October’s racing!
This was my first peak week of the season and I ended it with 36 miles. I initially wanted 40 miles, but I only had time for 2 recovery miles. It was a solid week and I think the weather should be improving in DC soon. Fingers crossed!
When is your peak week of training?