Week 5 Recap {Marathon Training}

Week 4 Recap

This was a blah week.  This is last week of classes and the stress is starting to mount.

Sunday:
I weighed in at 136.5 lbs. I went for a 4 mile walk.  I felt a little stiff and I just needed to stretch my legs.

Monday:
I ran 2 miles in 18:09 on the tread mill. My average pace was 9:04 minutes/mile.

Tuesday:
I hopped on the stationary bike at the gym and rode 15 miles on the cross country setting in 1:09:45.  The only thing I don’t like about the stationary bike is that there are no hills to coast down, but I can read my notes while peddling away, so I guess there is a bonus.

Wednesday:
I ran 6 miles in 1:00:47.  My average pace was 10:08 minutes/mile.  This was an awful run mentally.  That evil voice in my head kept telling me that I wasn’t strong enough to complete my planned 16 mile long run for Saturday.  I really have to shut her up.

Thursday:
I studied.

Friday:
I studied.

Saturday:
I ran 16 miles in 2:53:22 and climbed 1,065 feet. My average pace was 10:50 minutes/mile.  I ran the whole 16 miles very comfortably.  I was so relieved on the way back.  I ate two gels and 1 banana on the run.  I am going to try and add more and more “real” food during these long runs.  I think eating real food will make me feel stronger when I head into my ultra distances.

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What do you think?