Sunday Sweats 41: Marathon Training Week 15
Monday: flexibility flow & inversion practice (25 minutes)
I've been pretty neglectful of my inversion practice over the past few weeks, between how exhausted I've been, how little time I've had, and how much I've needed to focus on the run. It was fun to have a little play time today!
Tuesday: studio yoga class (75 minutes) + 4.1 mile run (9:21 pace)
I do believe that yoga is the perfect warm-up and cool-down from running. But running after a 75-minute class that was heavy on the warriors and balance poses (aka ouch my quads) is not my favorite thing! Just a little heavy in the legs tonight, but other than that a solid class and solid run.
Wednesday: hip yin yoga (35 minutes)
One of my favorite ways to fit my practice into the day is while I'm winding down and getting ready for bed. A lot of restorative or yin poses can be done right in bed, so I like to set a timer for 5 minutes and really sink into each pose for a nice long time. I pick poses like reclined bound angle, reclined half hero on each side, spinal twists, and reclined figure four variations.
Thursday: 20.25 mile run (10:11 pace) + restorative yoga (25 minutes)
Today was full of more win than I could ever have guessed. I decided late last night that today would be the best day this week to get to 20 miles. Usually it's on the weekend, but this whole "not having to go to an office" thing means I can run whenever I damn well please, and I like that a lot. So I dialed back the anticipation—something that definitely gets the best of me—but turned up the pressure—something that definitely helps me—and I did it.
A great deal of my miles came in under 10:00, more than I expected to really. But after taking a whole buncha new hills and some sworn enemies I already know too well, plus a bathroom break, one water fill-up, and a few short walks that were really more about being able to eat my gels easily without fumbling the packaging back into my belt, I averaged out here. Even still, this is pretty well under my goal race pace AND without the benefit of all the things I know will help me on race day: well rested after taper, crowd cheers, adrenaline, my amazing friends who will be cheering me on. Anyway, that's peak. I actually said "oh my god" out loud (the first words I said in more than three hours; that's weird) when my watch chimed the 20 mile mark. Oh my god.
I sort of intended to run 5 miles today, but I was being held together by KT tape, a compression sleeve, and a prayer. I did a total of like six minutes of yoga and then things just started happening and I ended up having none of the time I thought I was going to. I ran 20 miles yesterday though, so I'm fine with that.
My day: wake up, run out the door, amazing daytime blate with Michael, Dani, and Jenn, drive ~70 minutes home, fly through a shower, greet friends at the door, par-tay the night away. I made no time for anything related to fitness today.
Last night my cousin asked if I was free to come join her and some other family for an Oktoberfest and fall harvest festival out in her part of the state, and ya know? I did. And then I stayed for a little bonfire, and I didn't run 5 miles today. I should probably be much more concerned about that because it's supposed to be peak week and I am way too close to the end to be missing two runs in one week. There are missed/skipped runs that I regret, and there are the ones I brush off and forgive myself for. This week contained the latter, and I wouldn't trade any second of this perfect fall weekend for a single mile.
Running: 24.35 miles
Yoga: 190 minutes
Marathon Training Week 15 Reflections:
I can't believe it's already time to dial back my mileage. This was the first week without a mid-distance run during the week, and next week I'm down to 12 for the long run. When did this happen? How did we get here so fast? Is it true that the marathon is only three weeks away?
On a separate note, I am so glad it's time to taper. (Ask me in a week if I still feel that way, or if the taper has sent me into a total tailspin of absolute crazy.)