One more week and I’ll be halfway through the training plan. Before I know it, it’ll be taper time. There’s a lot of work to do between now and then. And after this week, the work that needs to be done, is a little more clearly defined. I’ll explain.
First I’ll start with the week six recap. This week was a little different because I had a race worked into the plan on Saturday. That meant taking it a little easier during the week to keep the legs fresh for the weekend. I did my typical three runs during the week; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, each 4 miles a piece at an easy pace. I only captured one workout in photo, and since it was a “race” week, I decided to add a race related quote.
So, I wasn’t as camera friendly last week, but I wasn’t any less devoted. Friday was a day off and Saturday was the Spring Thaw Race. (See full race recap here)
Typically before a long race I start hydrating like crazy a day or two before, and change my diet slightly by laying off the high fiber foods that typically dominate my diet. I also made a batch of beet juice. I became a firm believer in beet juice ever since the Boston Marathon last year when I was introduced to it’s potential racing enhancement qualities. I shared the simple recipe on Instagram and now here, below. Want more information on the powers of the beet? Check out Running.Competitor article “Beetroot Juice: The Drink of Champions”.
2 beets diced – juice from 1 lemon – fresh ginger diced – 1 apple – 2 cups water
Blend, Strain, Enjoy!
Saturday’s race was a designed to be a gauge to see how my fitness level is so far in training. I have NEVER done a race during training, I typically shun them, but will ALWAYS do this during marathon training from now on. It was a great way to recognize some “weak” spots and allow me to properly make adjustments to correct them. I won’t go into the race details, you can read the full Spring Thaw Race Recap here. This was also my long run for the week – 15 miles, for a total of 27.
One important change that I’ll be making from the outcome of the race is changing my speed work strategy. I have always done speed work on the treadmill. I think from now on I am going to complete these sessions on the track whenever possible. I don’t know if it will help, but it can’t hurt and I figure if anything, it will better simulate race “feel”. I will also complete my first hill work session this week. I have the perfect hill in my neighborhood for this, so we’ll see what I have in me when it comes to the hills. And for Pittsburgh, I’m gonna need a lot.
This week’s schedule:
- Monday – Rest
- Tuesday – 4-5 miles @ 9:12 – 9:27
- Wednesday – 4 miles hill sprints
- Thursday – 4-5 miles @ 9:12 – 9:27
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday – 7 miles @ goal marathon pace (8:47 – 8:57)
- Sunday – 15 miles slow long distance @ 9:27 – 9:57
Total miles: 35 – 36 miles
So, as I said earlier, lots of work to do. I don’t know what it is about this marathon that has me so fired up, but I am determined to own this course. After it knocked me down in 2011, I’m back and ready to fight!
Have a great week!
Do you have certain things you drink/eat before a big race?
Do you typically run a warm-up race prior to the “big dance”?