I hope you all have had a great weekend. Congrats to everyone who raced!! Things have been go, go, go, around here as usual. The good (best) news is that our high school TRACK SEASON IS DONE which means I get my husband back. Woo hoo! His schedule will be much less stressed during the week days now, and he won't have to be gone on the weekends. He has been coaching track since right after Christmas vacation, so the break (and more time with him) will be great. Yay!
My training is
going well. I had a progressive 20-miler on Friday, an easy 8-miler on
Saturday, and then a 12-miler this morning with 8 miles at goal marathon
pace or slightly faster. It was a really fun run. This week I have 90
miles on the schedule. 90! I have done 85 miles quite a few times now
and it is only a few miles more, but 90 sure sounds like a lot. There is
a lot of intensity in those 90 miles (including today's run) but I feel
really good/excited/confident about it.
I have really,
really enjoyed this training schedule. It has been short (only since
Boston in April) but I have loved the workouts. I have been able to find the "razor's edge" of pushing
it, yet not pushing it too far. We have built mileage and intensity
cautiously, and am evaluating how I am feeling
mentally and physically. I have gotten to this point feeling good all the way around.
Since I went into Boston feeling confident and ready, this has
been sort of "bonus" training, so I am feeling even more confident and
ready. Boston did shake my confidence and discourage me some (it was just an extremely
difficult race, physically and mentally) but I have been working on that
a lot too. The mental aspect of training and racing is so important and
I want to go into Utah Valley feeling happy, strong, and confident, and
believing in myself, my training, and my abilities.
morning I ran alone, without any music. It was a BEAUTIFUL clear
morning, with the sun coming up over the mountains, and the roads empty
and quiet the way that they are in a small town on a Sunday morning. I
focused on my form, my breathing, and thinking positive thoughts. My splits were 8:23, 7:57, 7:27, 7:10, 7:06, 7:07, 7:13, 7:08, 7:05, 7:10, 6:59, 8:34. I finished up with 5x100m strides.
This week I will be paying extra attention to getting sleep/rest,
eating well, rolling and stretching, and taking care of my body every
way that I can. For the 20-mile progressive run on Friday, Josh is going
to pace me on his bike, which I am really looking forward to. And then
after Friday's run, it will be taper time! I am doing a two-week taper
for Utah Valley Marathon since the two-week taper I did for Boston left
me feeling rested but fresh (and was the first time I felt that I had
gotten taper "right" for me).
So, it's the final push this
week before Utah Valley Marathon. My goals for the week are to stay
healthy, stay motivated, and get to taper tired, but happy, knowing I have put the work in.
What do you have going on this week?
Here is a funny for you!