Only six weeks to go until the Boston Marathon! This past week I felt for the first time in my training cycle the familiar hunger and fatigue that goes along with marathon training. To me it says I am pushing my body out of it's comfort zone, which I love. To counteract these symptoms I did make an effort to go to bed a bit earlier and make sure I was eating when my body said it was time to eat. Sounds simple in theory but the demands of life sometimes get in the way!
This past week I ran 80 miles. I had some faster workouts that looked scary on paper but went well and made me excited about how my training is going.
Monday - 13 miles at 7:56 average pace. Ended the run with 8 x 20 second strides.
Tuesday - 8 miles at 8:44 average pace
Wednesday - work out day! 4 mile warm up at 8:14 average pace. I then put on my fast shoes and ran a total of 6.2 miles, which consisted of 6 reps of .7 miles @ 7:03 pace, and .3 miles @ 6:22 pace (ultra intimidating to me!). I finished the faster segment with .2 miles @ 6:00 pace. My cool down 2.8 miles at 8:20 pace.
Thursday - 10 miles at 8:39 average pace
Friday - 8 miles at 7:58 average pace, ending the run with 8 x 20 second strides.
Saturday - 20 mile long run. First 6 miles easy at 8:13 average pace, then 10 miles with the goal range of 7:12 - 7:18. Actual average was 7:14. I don't want to describe this is easy, but it definitely felt comfortable. I ended this run with 4 miles at 8:06 average pace.
Over the last few weeks I have been using the faster segments of my runs to figure out which shoes I will be wearing for the Boston Marathon. My contenders are: The Skechers GoMeb Razor, the Adidas Boost Adios 3, and my go to, the Hoka One One Clifton 3. I realize it could sound a little weird I am obsessing about this, but your shoes can make or break your experience. I can always stay in my comfort zone and go with my Clifton 3's, but there is something about a lighter, faster shoe on race day that gives you a little psychological boost.
Yesterday marked the end of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Last month I celebrated 21 years of post anorexia health and wellness. I am very open about my past and welcome the chance to talk about it in the hopes it may help out someone who is struggling. I'm sure some assume that since I no longer starve myself, running is the new way I control my weight. This could not be further from the truth. It would be impossible for me to run as many miles as I do without injury if I wasn't fueling adequately. It truly is possible to get to a place of recovery. Eating disorders are very prevalent in the running community, and there are several forms, not just the widely known anorexia and bulimia. At some point I will write a post dedicated to my experience with anorexia, but until then, I want to pass along a link to a wonderful blog post I read yesterday. Mary Johnson is a great writer. In addition to her latest post, I encourage you to read her other blog entries. She is brutally honest and laugh out loud funny. You can read the post here.
On a lighter note, let's end this post with a shot of my guy Levi helping me do core work.