Marathon Training Week 16

It was a busy week! I was glad to get back to the pool, and my spin workouts were really good. Tough. I felt like I worked hard all week and definitely enjoyed my rest day on Saturday.

Monday – I did elliptical for 1 hour 3 minutes, 8.36 miles.  I was sweating pretty good, but my heart rate didn’t really get up very high at all, my average was only 117.  I also did weights for 35 minutes. That was tough, since I had taken 3 weeks off from that too. But I was able to up some of my weights with lower reps!

Tuesday – I managed a 6.44 mile run in 1 hour, 9:19 pace. I warmed up for about 15 minutes, did 2 minutes fast and 2 minutes recovery 7 times, then ran the rest of the way home, about 18 minutes. Everything felt pretty good! The knee felt a little weird at first, but once I was warmed up I really didn’t have any issues. I hope that it stays that way! I also biked to and from work, 40 minutes and 5.65 miles. Nothing to write home about, just a little extra activity. After dinner I did this yoga video and it was exactly what I needed. I was SO sore all day and this really loosened me up and got me nice and relaxed. Love that feeling 😀

Wednesday – Spin for an hour, then I did weights for about 40 minutes in the morning before work. After work I went to the rec center and did pool running for an hour. Later on I did some yoga to stretch everything out.

Thursday – 9 mile run, 9.23 miles in 1 hour and 28 minutes, 9:35 pace. I was trying to keep my pace around 9:10 for the most part besides my warmup and cool down miles, but I stopped a few times so my overall pace was higher. Nothing hurt though!!! I felt a few niggles in my ankle, but I just tried to keep good form and everything was fine. I did the Standard Warmup before and after. After was pretty funny, I could barely move, and even  just reaching down to my toes was so painful lol But once I got into it I was glad I had done it. I wasn’t super stiff and sore later on so I think it helped. After work I went to the rec center again and did pool running for 1 hour and 20 minutes, 850 yards. After I got done I tried swimming a few laps. I suck so bad at swimming lol I ended up doing backstroke mostly.

Friday – Spin bike 1 hour, then weights. After work I put on my 20# weight vest and walked on the treadmill, 1 hour/3.3 miles changing up the incline every 5 minutes or so. It was a climb from level 3 to 9, and then a shorter ‘descent’ After that I did yoga for about 40 minutes.

Saturday – Thought about riding my bike outside for a couple of hours, but I didn’t end up doing anything. I decided a rest day was probably a good idea after all I’d done this week!

Sunday – Ran 18 miles! 2:57:29 for a 9:51 pace. This included all of my walk breaks and stops, so I think that’s pretty good! I walked every 2 miles, and fueled at miles 4,7,10,13, and 16. I really wanted to try and go 20 miles, but after 18 I was just beat. And it was almost 3 hours anyway. I didn’t want to push my luck so I just walked home for about 10 minutes. That was painful LOL I took a very cold ice bath after I did my warmup moves again. The knee and ankle were not hurting, but I could tell there was something going on. Too much time on my feet. So far though they feel okay and not hurt **knocking on wood**

It was a long, tough week! But I feel like it’s working. After my long run today I laid around for a while, but now that I’m up doing stuff like making dinner I feel pretty good. I feel worked, but good. Hopefully it stays that way! One more week of as much workouts as I can stand and then it will be time to take it easy,-er.

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