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I’m pretty sure that I CONTINUED will be tattooed on my forehead at the end of all this.
I went through a super funky funk in Week #13. Here was my original note:
This was not a successful training week for me — and I’m generally feeling bummed out. I know you can’t rush marathon fitness, but I feel as though I should be better conditioned than how I feel during my runs (particularly my easy ones). I have my first 20-miler next weekend, and I just don’t know if I can do it.
But I feel completely opposite of that feeling as I’m sitting here today. I’m EXCITED about Saturday’s 20-miler, and despite feeling really fucking tired (sorry… ear muffs), I know that I CAN do it. So: SHUT UP, BRAIN.
MONDAY I should have looked at my training plan earlier; I didn’t realize that my strength workout was scheduled. I rested.
TUESDAY Easy run day, followed by a core workout. This run felt really good – and I must have been running the right effort level because I felt like I could have run 5 more miles.
57:48 / 11:32 average pace
Splits: 11:40, 11:31, 11:29, 11:27, 11:28
WEDNESDAY I had Intervals on my training schedule and took another rest day. We originally had our Broadway subscription tickets on Friday evening, but we changed our tickets since I had to wake up super early on Saturday to drive out to the Hawkeye race.
THURSDAY My weekly yoga class at Life Time Fitness; felt really strong and class was much-needed.
FRIDAY Rest for my 25k! Spent some time foam rolling before bed.
SATURDAY Drove out to Solon, Iowa for the Hawkeye 25k — a trail course and my first 25k race! Race recap coming soon. I wish I could have enjoyed it more (though I certainly did enjoy parts of the course), but I was too deep in my funk to really have fun. My effort level felt harder than what I thought it should be and I couldn’t push past the negative thoughts.
After finishing the 15.2 miles of the course, I ran another 2.08 miles. Those last miles were SO SLOW that I gave up trying to complete the one additional that I needed to make 18 for the day.
15.18 miles / 2:52:11 / 11:20 average pace
2.08 miles / 25:35 / 12:20 average pace
SUNDAY I waited until late evening to complete a run on the treadmill (after eating a bunch of tacos! haha) and followed my run up with another core workout.
2.06 miles / 25:13 / 12:13 average pace
WEEKLY RUNS: 3 runs
WEEKLY MILES: 24.32 miles
TOTAL TRAINING MILES: 243.58 miles
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