I started the week a little cranky because my toe was still bugging me. As the week went on, it finally started to feel better. It’s still sore and slightly swollen, but I guess my voodoo magic is helping. Or maybe it’s just healing. Either way, I’m feeling a lot better about it. Maybe the toe injury came at the right time. I was on a pretty huge high from my training this whole cycle, and I was pretty heavy on the mileage. It might have caused a bunch of anxiety and made my past few weeks of running a bit less enjoyable. It is also likely that without it, I might not have taken my taper quite as seriously. Just looking for the silver lining and trying to keep a positive attitude.
At the end of the week, I paced a half marathon. I do this pacing gig every single year and it will get a post of it’s own. This year, I had a lot of anxiety over it for a few reasons – and my toe was one of them. Maybe it started to feel better after the race because it was like a weight was lifted. Who knows! Either way, I’m heading into my final taper week before Boston and I’m getting excited.
Here’s the pace guide I’m using:
Marathon Goal – 3:05
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs – 7:03/mile
Recovery Runs – 9:11/mile
Aerobic A/Easy – 8:36
Aerobic B/Easy – 8:01
Long Run: 7:42
Monday, 4/4: 6 Mile Easy Run + Pole Fitness + Core/MYRTLs
SIX! SIX MILES! SINGLE DIGITS! OHMIGOSH.
But really, I was still cranky. I was coming off the high of my race but still having issues with my dumb toe. The weather was less than ideal – drizzly, windy, chilly. I put off running as long as I possibly could. I ended up on the Penn Pump trail, which I really want to like but can’t seem to enjoy. That was my third try running there. No mas.
Headed to pole, which was one week post toe injury. The first thing we were learning was something where you do a backflip off the pole from a brass monkey. Love brass monkeys, love the idea of flipping, but after last week’s ordeal I said, “I’ll save that one for April 19th”. I learned a few really pretty new moves that I thought looked like something I could control. That was the problem with last Monday’s move – I’d never done anything like it so I didn’t know how to safely bail out of it. The moves we learned stemmed from moves I’m comfortable with, like this pretty Janeiro split variation (I love me a good Janeiro):
After going home and preparing dinner, I still needed to do some core work so I did the bare minimum but got it done. I did my regular bridges, hip drops, planks, and leg raises followed by MYRTLs and NTC’s Core Strength workout. That one is only seven minutes long.
Tuesday, 4/5: Track Workout: 2 mile warm up, 6×1 miles (@ MP -10 seconds/mile) w/400 meter recoveries, 2.5 mile cooldown (12 miles) + Core/Strength/MYRTLs
THE LAST TRACK WORKOUT! 17 weeks of Hanson’s track workouts: Boom.
My toe was feeling marginally better so I decided to attempt the workout. I went in with full understanding that I might have to back off or stop. Hansons gives you the option of doing anywhere from 1.5-3 miles for warmup and cool down. I’d been good about doing the full three miles on both ends for most of my training. In light of my taper and my toe, I decided to cut it down. It was my last track workout and I wanted to make sure my muscles were warm, so I still felt like I needed two miles to get moving. I can’t end on a .5 so I did 2.5 for the cooldown to make it an even 12 miles.
The goal was to run 6×1 at marathon pace minus 10 seconds per mile. The first time I did this workout in week 11, I did it on the treadmill and set it for 8.8 mph (6:48 pace). This time, I went outside and my splits were 6:42, 6:36, 6:37, 6:44, 6:46, 6:45. I want to tell you I felt great doing the workout, but I was ready to be done. I was tired and it was windy. I didn’t wear gloves and my hands were numb! But I got it done, and that’s all that matters.
I went home and did core, MYRTLs, and NTC’s Runner Strength and Balance workout. I had an easier time with the lunges this week. If I wore my sneakers, it didn’t bug my toe at all.
Wednesday, 4/6: Core/Strength
One word for this day: GLORIOUS.
I already knew there was no pole class for me. I had adulting to do. I know I mentioned before that we are in the process of remodeling our farmhouse and are doing the kitchen, but haven’t posted much since. We had to go appliance shopping, so no pole. I got on my yoga mat for some abs and NTC’s Alpha Abs workout.
These are some of the “before” shot as we demo’ed the kitchen:
…and where we are now! Don’t mind the missing light bulb 🙂
For the door on the right, we had a glass artist make us a stained glass window, and my husband installed it and made the trim pieces. We had the cabinets made, but my husband did the install. He’s done all of the work himself. I run, he builds!
Thursday, 4/7: Tempo Run, 13 miles w/10 miles at marathon pace + Pole + Abs/MYRTLs
I wrote a whole post about my last tempo run, but in a nutshell: I shortened the warm up/cool down to the minimum to accommodate the taper. 1.5 miles on both ends of the 10 miles gave me 13 for the day. I hit my paces and had a great run:
My splits were: 6:50, 6:42, 6:46, 6:49, 6:48, 6:39, 6:45, 6:48, 6:45, 6:55 for a 10 mile time of 1:07:47, average pace 6:46.
Headed to pole and ran through my competition piece a few times, and then home to do some core work – MYRTLs, bridges, hip drops, leg raises, and planks.
Friday, 4/8: 6 Miles Easy + Core/MYRTLs
No pole class since I was headed to Lancaster for the pasta party for the Garden Spot Half Marathon! No, I wasn’t racing it – I’m a pacer for that race. I headed to the D&L Trail in Northampton. Other than the super windy weather, it was pretty uneventful. I headed to Lancaster, and the race director sets up the pacers with the pasta dinner and a hotel room. I got to my room early, did some MYRTLs, core, and NTC’s Perfect Alignment before bed.
Saturday, 4/9: Garden Spot Half Marathon (13.1 miles) + Core/MYRTL
I pace this race every year and usually pace the 1:45 group, but this year I was asked to pace 1:40 (7:38 pace). It was an appropriate pace for my last long run given my training cycle, so I agreed. But then my toe happened, and I got a little nervous about the pace. I did it, and I’ll do a whole post on it soon. There’s so much to say about the crazy weather and pacing a new time! I will leave you with this, though:
Yep. April 9th. Real life.
I got home from Lancaster and after some rest, did my MYRTLs, core, and NTC’s Core Stability. I also got a Boston-ready gel manicure from my sister in law:
Sunday: 4/10: Easy Run, 8 Miles + Core/MYRTLs
Met Megan for an 8 miler on the Plainfield trail. It was supposed to be an easy paced run, but we were chatting away. It was gorgeous out, and I looked down when we were ready to turn around and saw our pace. Oops, a little too fast – that seems to happen when I run with her. I really enjoy running with her and the pace comes easy. I wish she could run Boston with me! At the end of the run, our pace was 7:18. I need to take resting serious this week. I went home and cooked up a storm to prep for the week, and then did some MYRTLs and core.
Who else is in taper mode and loving it?
♥ Total ♥ 58.1 miles ♥