Weekly Workouts 1/6-1/12 (Marathon Training Week 17)

Good morning!!! I am feeling downright chipper this morning! This is a really nice change of pace from how I've been feeling.

I have to be honest, last week was not great for me. I felt down emotionally, and physically sluggish. It doesn't help that my body has been craving junk, and that's exactly what I've been giving it. I don't know if it's due to my tapering or what the problem is, but I just haven't felt good in any sense of the word for the past week or two. I feel lazy, and like I've already let myself down and ruined my months of training for the marathon. And I haven't even made it to the start line yet!

My Monday run was pretty good, albeit a little all over the place in the splits department. I'm having a really hard time keeping a nice pace these days.

Tuesday was actually my best workout of the week, I think! I took some time to finally get my bike sensor to work while I'm on the trainer. The last couple of weeks I've been about over the spin class video I'm doing, but I decided to give it another shot so that I could see how I've been doing speed-wise, now that I had a working sensor. I was shocked to find out that the 16-16.5mph speed I've been estimating myself at was actually 19.2mph! I think having the numbers in front of me really helped, because that was the best I've ever felt on the trainer. Sometimes I just need that data to push me and keep me motivated! After the bike I finished up with my last weights workout before the marathon.
Couldn't find the zip ties, so I made due with some tape...whatever works, right?
Wednesday was just a short 5k. I felt like I blinked and it was over! I can't even remember the last time I only ran 5k...

Thursday I had 4 miles to do and it felt pretty blah. I got slower and slower as the week went on.

Friday was rest day, which I usually welcome with open arms, but I actually felt pretty antsy. It's probably because I've dropped down in mileage so much and my body is like, "That's all you got?!"

Saturday was my last long run and we all know how that went. It was 60 degrees and rainy (but not actually raining) and muggy (100% humidity, UGH!). I felt so sluggish and awful. It was one of those runs where I felt every. single. step. Not to mention my calves felt like they were on fire for the first few miles, something I haven't experienced in a very long time. I wasn't trying to hold a particular pace, but all my miles were a pretty consistent 10:30 pace. I was trying to take it easy, but every time I tried to slow down, it just felt worse. The second half felt better than the first half, but not by much. I would like to think the weather played a big role, but maybe it was just me. Not a confidence builder at all!

Things finally started to turn around on Sunday. I fell asleep Saturday night watching Spirit of the Marathon and it must have seeped into my brain while I was sleeping, because Sunday I actually felt a lot better, mentally. As usual, I slept in a little bit before getting up to make a big breakfast. Breakfast is hands down my fave meal of the day. I made some decent food choices for lunch/snack, drank a ton of water, and felt like I was back in action! I had energy to take care of some things around the house and go to the grocery store. I did a short core circuit, because I wanted to get in some strength training but didn't want to do anything that my cause my legs to be sore for next weekend. Later in the evening I did yoga and felt fantastic! My hips and hamstrings felt much looser than they have been feeling. I felt strong and confident. After yoga I had a date with these guys, the best!!!

I am so excited for this Monday! For one, I start the spring semester today. My current goal for school is to have the girliest school supplies possible, since I have class with a bunch of boys (I'm in engineering school). I can't even explain how excited I am for my new Erin Condren life planner to arrive and really complete the package. 

And I'm excited because....it's finally marathon week!!!!! This is it!!! Ready or not, it's here!!!! I am so excited for what this week will hold for me. I know I won't be able to focus on anything else this week, but oh well. Anticipation gives me the worst anxiety. Not that I want to rush this, but I've been waiting for it for how many weeks now? I'm kind of ready to just do the damn thing!

1 comment

  1. I hope you had a great first day!!! Eeek marathon week wahoo!!! :)