Colorado Fall Classic Marathon Training: Week 5

It’s Monday, and I’m another week closer to the Colorado Fall Classic Marathon (and hopefully a PR). Last week was pretty solid workout-wise, and since I’m doing the #movehappy challenge with Heather and Laura, I actually made a point of bringing my phone and taking pictures on most runs. Of course, the pictures are almost all identical (feet + Garmin), and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen them, but at least I have pictures in this post. Baby steps.

AM: 8.6 miles of fartleks.
photo 2 (7)PM: 45 minutes full-body strength

AM: 9.1 easy miles (I almost left out the decimal. Rest assured, I did not run 91 easy miles. I don’t think that even exists).

PM: 30 or so minutes of core, stretching, and foam rolling

AM: 8 miles easy. Today was supposed to be speedwork, but my stomach was having none of that, so I switched it with tomorrow’s easy run. I also got to enjoy a pretty sunrise, which I didn’t think to photograph until it was almost over. I think the construction fence really adds something, don't you?

I think the construction fence really adds something, don’t you?

PM: More core, etc.

AM: Yasso 800s x 7. There’s a nice little downhill stretch that’s almost exactly a half-mile long and not far from my house, so that’s where I did my Yassos. I hit the pace on all but #6, so that’s a good sign. 10.5 miles total, including warm-up and cool-down.
photo (15)

PM: 45 minutes full-body strength

7.6 easy miles followed by some quick core work. I also tried to waterski…. “tried” being the operative word. No pictures of that… thank goodness.

20 miles. I hadn’t run this far since October. My legs were tired and grumpy, and it took me an hour to feel warmed up and in the groove. Once I got there, though, I felt good and strong for the remainder of the run.
photo 4 (3)I also did a quick and fairly wimpy core workout in the afternoon.

Rest. J and I went for an easy little bike ride, and I did a quick core workout and a not-so-quick stretching and foam rolling session. My right hip has been super tight lately, so I gave it a lot of stretching/roller/tennis ball attention.

Totals: 63.8 miles running (I wish I had known that. I would’ve run another .2), 3ish hours strength/stretch/etc.

This week should be a fun week of training: a couple of speed days, and the Chase the Moon relay on Friday/Saturday night. Woot!

Can you waterski? If you can, tell me how!

Do all your post-run pictures look the same, too?

What did you do for the 4th of July?

20 thoughts on “Colorado Fall Classic Marathon Training: Week 5”

  1. Woot! Can’t wait for Chase the Moon! You rocked those 20 miles, lady! And yes, I can waterski. I tried one summer in college at my friend’s parents’ lake house and I could NOT get up. One year later I tired again and I got up on the first try. I have NO IDEA what I did or how, but it has generally worked since then. Sorry for the lack of good advice-it will just come to you.

  2. I used to waterski but that was 20 years ago (the fact that I can say that makes me feel a little old)
    Nice job with the 20 miles, you pretty much did awesome with that. You need self timer app on your phone/camera and then you can get more creative with your pictures post run 😉

  3. Love it Cassie! That sunrise is beautiful, although it always annoys me that photos of sunrises never show its true beauty, but I guess thats one thing you have to enjoy in real life 🙂 I am glad you had a great Yassos workout, that is a good fitness indicator! Have a wonderful week friend!

  4. Your pictures look exactly like my pictures. I love them. You are such a training beast! One of these days I will come to Colorado and we will run together.

  5. Man this post makes me feel like I should do some speed work! I just have not been able to get into a good groove this summer as far as planning my workouts. Each day is fly by the seat of my pants but I don’t WANT it to be that way, I want to have a plan. I may just make one today. THANK YOU FOR THE MOTIVATION!!! 🙂

  6. My post run photos are always a sweaty mess!
    Yay for 20 miles! That is super awesome. I am terrified and excited for my 20 miler in August/September. I know it will be rough but I am looking forward to it!

  7. I took a classic feet and ground picture after my run this morning. I try to mix it up get scenic photos if I can. On the rare occasion that someone is running with me, I ask nicely if they can get a picture (if I have my phone with me). I need a camera timer.

    I haven’t done much water skiing, but wakeboarding is right up my alley.

  8. You’re on a roll with your training!

    I always end up taking mid-run photos instead of post run photos…I call them photo stops, others may refer to them as “breathers”.

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