Boston Marathon Training: Week 7 Recap (1/12 – 1/18)

This week was intense!  I had 2 group runs to go to which was awesome and forced me to get the job done.  And I had run the 3 previous days to this week (last Friday, Saturday, Sunday) so that made for 8 days of running in a row.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to any cross training classes this week, but that’s an on-going goal.

Monday – 6.4 miles avg 8:01 pace

Woke up to get this run done on the treadmill and start the week off on a high note.  I started at 7.2 and increased by .1 every 2 songs.  My plan was to stop at 6 miles, but i still had a bit left to go to finish 2 songs at the 7.8 speed so I kept going!

Tuesday – 7 miles w/ 4 x 1 mile repeats

I have a new training group!!  And I can’t wait to write more details about it later, but I’m very excited about it – 5 other girls in my pace group are all running Boston this year.

We headed on a 1.5 mile warm-up to the track and on this warm-up I could tell these were some serious runners.  The track was too icy to run on (which I was OK with because I liked the workout we ended up doing better than what the track workout was supposed to be.)  Our workout was 3 x 1 mile repeats at a 7:15 pace.  We did these 3 in: 7:08, 7:04, and 6:40 on a route that had a few hills (really hard to get up the last hill on the 3rd one).  Then, just for fun, we decided to throw in another as a group at the 7:15 goal pace, so that’s exactly what we did.

I LOVED running with such a fast group of people again!

Wednesday – 5.8 miles avg 8:11 pace

And this run was with my other training group – Fleet Feet.  They had 4 on the schedule, but I added on a little beforehand.  It was a hilly route and pitch black during this.  Cincinnati doesn’t have much in way of street lights, especially on the side streets.  Luckily we were all wearing little blinky lights or reflective gear.

Thursday – 14.25 miles avg 7:56 pace

I wanted to get my long run in on Thursday because I had big weekend at UD planned and knew it wouldn’t happen otherwise.  I decided I’d do as long as possible on the treadmill and then switch to the indoor track.   I even set the treadmill at 1% incline the whole time!  Normally I don’t do that, but I keep hearing that you should do that to make it more like running outside, so I finally gave it a try.

I started easing into the run from 7.2 – 7.4 for the first 2.85 miles.  Then I did 7.5 (8:00 pace) until I got to 6 miles and then bumped it up to 7.7 (7:47 pace) until I got to 8.25 miles.  And then I called it quits on the treadmill and hit the track for another 6 miles.

I ended up running with some random guy for the first 3 miles of this which pushed me because we did those 3 miles at about a 7:30 pace and we chatted that so that nice.  But then I was back on my own for the final 3 miles…the final 2 of which were ROUGH.  I wanted to stop each time I came around but kept going ’til i finished!  And then I wanted to lay on the mat at the gym and never get up.  But don’t worry, I eventually did and had a delicious pasta meal.

Friday – 3.3 miles avg 7:59 pace

So fatigued.  I met Lindsey after work with the intention to do the 5 mile Lunken loop, but I could tell from the start my legs weren’t going to make it that far.  We finished up at 3.3 and she told me our pace and I was shocked because i felt like i was barely moving.  I have no pace perception when my legs are that fatigued I guess.  Normally I could tell you an 8:00 pace with no problem.

Saturday – OFF!

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Still hit my Fitbit step goal though…boom.

Sunday – 5 miles avg 8:03 pace

After an exhausting weekend of partying with friends at UD and drinking for the first time in a few weeks, I came home to take a 3 hour nap…then forced myself to get to the gym to get a run in.  No time for 2 days off in a row!  The 5 miles on the treadmill were very relaxed which was refreshing and I was congratulating myself in my head the whole time for getting it done.

Total miles for the week was 42 – the most I’ve had since the week of the Chicago Marathon in 2013!  More on my training groups coming soon!

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