Week 14 Recap {Marathon Training}

Week 13 Recap

I had to get a little creative this week with my schedule.  I am thankful I was able to get all 32 miles completed.  This also marks the last official increase week.  I finally reached the magical 20 mile run and it was emotional.

Sunday:
I was able to get a little bike ride in! I rode 10.24 miles in 52:43 and it felt fantastic.  This was my first ride this year.  Isn’t that sad? I also hooked up all the fancy pants Garmin equipment to my bike, but I did something wrong and it didn’t track my cadence.  Oh well, I will investigate further and see what I did wrong.

Monday:
I ran 4 miles in 38:56 with an average pace of 9:03 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 160 bpm.

Tuesday:
I ran 5 miles in 45:20 with an average pace of 9:15 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 161 bpm.  I ran this on Feaster Trail.  Aaron took the boys to school, so I was able to run and shower before my 9:30 class! The folks that set next to me were quite happy.

Wednesday:
I went on a 3.14 mile walk to clear my head and relieve some stress.  It felt good.

Thursday:
I rested and moved this run to Saturday.

Friday:
I ran 20 miles in 3:30:05 with an average pace of 10:30 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 147 bpm.  Dude, I ran 20 miles with a pretty good pace.  Every single step of this run was all in my head.  I knew it was just 2 more miles than my previous long run and I had no doubts I could complete what I started.  The time passed quickly and I actually enjoyed the entire run.  I also did not ice after the run.  I think that made me a little more sore, but hopefully stronger.  I need a foam roller.

Saturday:
I ran 3 miles in 30:27 with an average pace of 10:08 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 144 bpm.  I moved Thursday’s scheduled short run to Saturday and used it for a recovery run.  I was a little sore at the beginning, but after about 2 miles, I started to limber up.  I believe I am in love with recovery runs.

I am officially in taper mode for my very first marathon! I am so proud of myself and so thankful that my family has supported me in this journey.  I could not have spent all this time training if it weren’t for them.

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What do you think?