Week 13 of 16
I am one happy runner writing this
week’s recap. 13 weeks down, 3 weeks to
go. Not only did I survived the toughest
week of marathon training… I made it to taper!
I LOVE taper time!
A few longer workdays, a baby shower
invite for Saturday along with more snow in the forecast made this week’s
training a little tricky. I knew I would
have to do my long run on Friday if I wanted to go to the baby shower on
Saturday so I got my 3x1 mile treadmill workout over with on Monday instead of
my usual Workout Wednesday. Last week I had 4 one mile repeats and I ran them
at 8.5, 8.8, 9.0 and 9.3 mph. This week
I only had 3 so I went for them all at 9.0 mph.
I felt awesome. And I was pretty
pumped up watching the Rose Bowl pregame show on ESPN during the last few
miles. WE ARE!
I took Tuesday off and returned to
the treadmill on Wednesday. I went back
and forth about running 8 or 10 miles so I ended up with 8 miles on the
treadmill then I grabbed G for another 2 miles outside. Have I ever mentioned how much I love night
running with her?!
Friday was… fun? My friend Steve (THE Steve Infascelli)
asked if I wanted to run not knowing I had 22 miles on the schedule. He agreed to run about 8 of the middle miles
with me and I would meet up with him around mile 8. We knew it was going to snow Thursday night
into Friday morning but we definitely didn’t expect the amount of snow as we actually
The original plan was I’d start
running from my parents’ house around 10am but the roads to Falmouth were
horrible so I procrastinated a bit in the morning and pushed the start time
back to about 10:45am. It was still
snowing when I started running and was about ankle deep in snow if I ran on the
sidewalks or a mixture of snow, ice, slush if I ran on the roads. I felt like I was putting in a lot of effort to
lift my legs and kept switching from sidewalk to the roads then back to the sidewalk
again. I knew from the beginning it was
going to be a long and slow epic adventure but I didn’t realize how hard
it was going to be.
In my mind I broke up my run into
3 parts—8 miles alone, 8 miles with Steve, then 6 miles to the finish. I knew if I could get to Steve I would be
fine until at least mile 16 and I started debating the difference between 16
miles in the snow vs. a normal 22 miles.
I made a few stops to capture the route’s beauty along the way because
it truly was gorgeous. The weather was
also better than I expected—not too cold, hardly any wind. I started getting in my groove and picked up
the pace so I was between 8:00 and 8:15s.
I’m pretty sure mile 7 was my
fastest mile of the day. I was looking
forward to having company and really wanted water! I didn’t carry any with me and I was
surprised at how thirsty this run made me.
Maybe it was the humidity? I saw
Steve’s car in one of the Surf Drive Beach lots and we were going to run to
Woods Hole and back. I’m pretty sure it
was my brilliant idea to take the nice and flat bike path down. Yeah, the *unplowed* nice and flat bike path. The further we went, the deeper the snow
got. I was struggling.
Once we got to Woods Hole, we
looped around and followed the Falmouth Road Race course back to his car. Yeah, the hilly and windy roads of the
Falmouth Road Race course. I continued
to struggle. By now the snow had melted on
the roads and we were left with some slush.
My mom drove by us on her way home from work and I got some more water.
I thought about stopping at mile
16 with Steve but I thought I could maybe make it to 18. I took off my YakTrax and traded in for a warm
hat and continued. I was so thankful
Steve offered to stay with me until I decided to stop. I would pick a spot about a mile ahead and he
would drive there and wait for me. I saw
him just before 18 and wasn’t ready to give up just yet. I knew I wouldn’t make it to 22 but I was
going to try for 20. Mile 19 was still
ok but mile 20, holy crap! I turn a turn
onto Maravista and was going straight into a strong headwind—the first wind I
noticed all day! It was also shady and I
was getting cold. When my watch beeped
for 20 miles, I jumped into Steve’s car and he drove me back to my parents’
house. My total moving time was 2:43:59
or 8:12 pace. Not bad considering my
splits for the first 2 miles were 8:42 and 8:43.
18 miles on a treadmill a few
weeks ago and 20 miles in the snow.
Miami, I’m ready for you.
I ended the run week on
Saturday. We had a lot more snow coming
so I got out pretty early with Georgie.
I ran 3 with her then 3 on my own.
It was pretty slow. More
snow. More ice. We were anticipating Blizzard conditions and
with over a foot of snow, I never made it to the baby shower.
Ahhhh… taper. With a side of #NormaTecAndChill.
6 treadmill miles (43:52) with 3x1mi at 9.0 mph
8 treadmill miles (1:02:07)
1.88 miles with G (17:44)
Taught spin class
20 miles with Steve for miles 8-16ish (2:43:59)
2.99 miles with G (29:15)
3 miles (26:59)
This week’s mileage: 42
This week’s G
mileage: 5 miles
January Totals: 45
2017 Totals: 45