5 weeks! Only 5 weeks until I will be running a distance further than I drive in a week. 5 weeks until I will be in Las Vegas. 5 weeks until I become a marathoner.
[ week 25 / 5 weeks until 26.2 ]
Sunday – Long run (recovery week from half marathon). 8 miles, 1:12:46, 9:06 min/mile.
Nice easy “short long run.” It was a beautiful 8 miles. I just enjoyed the weather and a nice, easy pace. Looking ahead at next week, I have a 16-miler and an 18-miler the week after, so I took it easy and was completely OK with a shorter long run this week!
Did some strength training in the gym, nothing too strenuous. Mostly leg exercises and some core work. Squats, lunges, dead lifts, planks in between reps among the workouts.
Tuesday – 4 easy miles. 35:06, 8:45 min/mile.
Felt AH-MAY-ZING! I just wanted to go FAST and go FOREVER. I felt great not only because I felt well-rested from the recovery week after the half, but because of my new shoes! I may have found “the ones.” The New Balance Zante v2. Great weather and just all around great day and run today.
It was warm today but still not bad. I wasn’t as energetic today as I was yesterday, but I was still excited to get out there! I saw the first fall leaves of the season!
All I wrote in my journal for today was, in barely-legible handwriting, “Hot. Tired.”
Texas was just kidding about the cool weather that day. It was back to being it’s regular, hot, humid, miserable, summer self. But I managed!
It was so cool outside!!! (Texas is indecisive). In fact, today I was reminded about my paper thin ears. I need to wear an ear warmer apparently in any temperature below 65. 4 easy miles then I cycled after work. It has been a while since I did a spin class at Flywheel and I could tell! My “power” points were a bit less than they used to be but I still did well and got an awesome workout. I’m going to try to go a few mire times before marathon day. Cross training is the best!
I’m ready to ramp up the runs for the next few weeks leading up to marathon day! Thank you so much to my coach, Andrew Simmons, for getting me there! Let’s do this!
Any marathon day tips for a first-timer?
Tips for weeks leading up to marathon day?