Week 14 of this training cycle has been by far my favorite! I have discovered my new favorite work out, and I was treated to my favorite type of long run, an easy time on my feet run. That kind of run is when I am able to mentally organize the upcoming week, and I tend to come up with my best ideas. I ran a total of 84 miles, so there has been a lot of foam rolling and stretching going on.
Monday - 13 miles easy at 8:03 average pace
Tuesday - 8 miles easy at 8:27 average pace
Wednesday - my new favorite! 3 mile warm up at 8:11 average pace, then 3 x 3 miles at marathon pace (goal - 7:00 - 7:05), with a .5 mile recovery jog between reps. I averaged 7:03, 7:02, and 6:58 for the three sets, and finished the run with a 3 mile cool down at 8:06 average pace.
Thursday - 10 miles easy at 7:57 average pace
Friday - 8 miles easy at 8:26 average pace
Saturday - my longest run of the training cycle. 3 hours and 5 minutes easy, which came out to exactly 23 miles. This is a good thing because if it had been 22.81 I would have kept going until I hit 23.00! Average pace was 8:04. Side note about this run - per my coach's instructions, I was to have fuel prior to the run but not during. I had a scoop of chocolate protein UCAN and a scoop of pomegranate blueberry UCAN pre run and felt great for the entire three plus hours. Message me if you want to know more about Generation UCAN.
Sunday - 6 miles very easy at 8:43 average pace
A lot of the miles were on the treadmill this week due to high winds (we're talking 60+ mph!), and wind chills hovering around zero. The issues I have had at Boston in years past were due to abnormally high temperatures and me not being acclimated yet due to how cold it usually is in Michigan. So hopefully the time I've spent in my ultra warm basement on the treadmill might be to my advantage!
I recently made a long term commitment to continue on with my coach, Esther Atkins. I am feeling fitter than ever and love having someone else determining my schedule. I am doing a lot of new workouts that I have never done in the past (hello running 6:40 miles!) and I think the variety is helping move above the plateau I've been at for quite some time.
Wishing you all calm winds and real feel temps above zero! Look for a new post this week about a new tool I've added to my recovery arsenal.