Even though my training schedule was extremely abbreviated (9 specific training weeks) I’d built up an extremely solid mileage base which helped me crush my goals. I’m sure that a full training schedule would have helped me power through those low moments from mile 22-26.53. That being said, I’m looking forward with eager anticipation to Savannah! Full training cycle (starting in June) and a pancake flat course. A large part of me wants to make 4 hours my goal. We’ll see.
How did race week play out?
Monday 5 miles
This was supposed to be a fartlek run but I decided to make it a recovery run in anticipation of the marathon. I wanted to keep my legs fresh. I felt sluggish at the start (as evidenced by my splits–9:03, 9:09. 8:53, 8:50, 8:36) but eventually warmed up and hit my stride, even when I had to slow down on the uphills. I love my 8:54 average pace.
Tuesday stationary bike at gym
I didn’t do a Nike Training Club workout to keep my legs fairly fresh for the marathon. The ride was good except I occasionally felt a twinge on the outside of my right knee. I hoped it was just a taper side effect. Thankfully it was.
Wednesday 5 miles
The heat and humidity definitely slowed me down this morning. I felt solid throughout though. As I’ll mention for Thursday. I’m fairly certain a lot of my fatigue during the last few days of training had to do with mild dehydration. I’m definitely getting back on the wagon.
Thursday 2 miles
Thanks to a dailymile friend I realized that I hadn’t been hydrating well. I started drinking plenty of water Wednesday afternoon and it definitely made a difference. I wanted to go longer but this distance worked perfectly.
Friday stationary bike at gym
It was nice, steady ride. I was very thankful that there were no “phantom” knee twinges like Tuesday.
Saturday New River Marathon
I don’t think it could have gone better.
I definitely took advantage of this one. Rest days are always 1000 times better when a showing of Hunger Games is included.