There are four weeks until the Richmond Marathon and I am EXCITED and NERVOUS all at the same time. That’s how it goes, though, so I’m okay with that. I had another really good week of training, including an awesome long run that I’m so excited to write about! Of course, I posted about it on the interwebs, but I’m excited to share it here as well. I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed how I just tagged on marathon training after already being trained for my half marathon last month. It’s so much easier mentally! I may do this for all my future marathons. Can we take a time out and talk about how I’m now a person who says “future marathons” not ironically?? Okay, now that we’ve discussed that. On to my Richmond Marathon training recap for last week!
Monday: Pure Barre class. It was extra hard on Monday, probably because there were a lot of new moves introduced. Ouch.
Tuesday: Speed work day. 3×1600 at a 8:25 pace. This hurt, but I got it done and was so excited to finish this workout.
Wednesday: Spin class – my legs needed this workout. It had been awhile since I’d done a spin class and I loved it.
Thursday: My birthday! I celebrated by running 10 miles at a 9:59 average pace.
Saturday: 18 miles. This was my longest run since my last marathon and it was awesome. A little pain near the end, but nothing major. Julie was out of town, and most of my other run buddies are in taper mode for MCM, so I was on my own. I ran from my home down to the National Mall (and took the amazing picture above – no filter – it was gorgeous out!) and then crossed over into Virginia and ran to the airport. I stopped at Gravelly Point and watched the planes take off over my head for a minute before turning around and heading back home. This run felt strong. I felt strong. My mental game was on point – I sang Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” to myself on repeat and just took in the sights. I ran up Capitol Hill (you DC folk know what I’m talking about) in mile 16 and didn’t stop to walk. This was a good run. Splits: 10:16, 10:11, 10:03, 10:11, 10:18, 10:23, 10:22, 10:15, 10:15, 10:17, 10:01 (fastest mile), 10:19, 10:20, 10:30, 10:34, 10:48 (slowest mile – running up Capitol Hill), 10:22, 10:27. If I could run at this pace during the marathon, I’d be stoked. I took a cold water bath post run and relaxed the rest of the day. Alabama embarrassed Texas A&M, which really helped make this a banner Saturday!
On Sunday, I thought about going to barre, but ended up resting and was happy for it. Sometimes you need rest! I had earned mine. 🙂
Tell me about your week of training – how was your weekend?