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Blue Sky Trail Marathon Training, Week 9

I can hardly believe it, but my second-to-last week of heavy training is finished. I’ve got one more big week, then a two-week taper, and then the race. I wish I’d decided earlier to do this race, so I would’ve had time for a 16- or 18-week training plan… I’m feeling less ready than I’d like. But there’s no going back, so I’ll just have to see what a 12-week plan will do.

Here’s the rundown on Week 9:

Monday:

AM: 7.3 miles of hills. Thanks to Labor Day, I went out to the only real hills around.
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PM: Strength training

Tuesday:

11.1 miles “easy.” It’s still a little warm out in the early evenings, but it’s nice to decompress after work. I’m sure Jordan is also grateful for my return to evening running, as it makes me much more pleasant for the rest of the night.
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ow could this not make you happier?

Wednesday:

I ran to the gym, spent three miles of steep climbing on the incline trainer, then ran home for 5 miles total. It took me the same amount of time as my 7-miler Monday. Hopefully it’ll make me stronger come race day! I also did some core work when I got home. I’m hoping that, too, will make me stronger come race day.

Thursday:

AM: 10 miles with the same group I’ve been running with the last couple of weeks. We planned nine but math is hard.

PM: Strength training

Friday: 

5 recovery miles and some core work.

Saturday:

Jordan had a meeting (and thus a hotel room) in Golden, so you know I had to crash that party and get in a long trail run. I ran 20 miles at Green Mountain (the Lakewood one, not the Boulder one). It was hard, but the climbs are pretty similar to the first part of the race. And the views were not too shabby.
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I intended to run 21 miles, but I ran out of water, and it was getting hot out. I didn’t really want to risk passing out on the trail, so I called it a day. Still, I got in almost 3000 feet of vertical, which for this flatlander is pretty darn good. I’m planning to run there again next weekend, since we’ll be in town for my brother’s wedding.

Sunday: 

Rest. I didn’t even do yoga, though I probably should have, as I’m a bit sore and stiff from yesterday.

Total: 58.4 miles… 12 miles short of what my peak weeks are for road marathon training. I’m not sure what to think about that.

Well, I’m working all of three days this week (yay, wedding!), so I’d better get rested up. Ha. Have a great week!

What’s your usual peak mileage?

What does a run with lots of vertical look like for you? Go ahead, ultra-runners. Make my 3000 feet look paltry.

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Lincoln Marathon Training: Week 11

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IS OVER!

If the capital letters weren’t enough to clue you in, let me just tell you: I’m excited. And check out the saucy temperatures coming up this week:
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Tuesday and Thursday are parent-teacher conference days, which means no enjoying that glorious sunshine, but you’d better believe that the rest of the week, I’ll be soaking it up.

In the meantime, let’s review what I hope was my last treadmill-heavy week of this training cycle. I mentioned last weekend that this was kind of an awkward cutback week: even though my training plan weeks are Monday-Sunday, this cutback started with last Saturday’s “long run” and went until this Friday. Here’s how it went:

Monday: 

AM: Body-weight strength training in the basement. I need to get back to the gym, but it sure is  easier to just go downstairs.

PM: Tempo intervals: 5 x 2000m with 400m recoveries; 10 miles total including warm-up and cool-down. This was the first speed workout this whole cycle that I’ve felt really good. I hope that’s a good sign.

Tuesday: 

6 miles easy, core work, and stretching

Wednesday: 

7 miles of fartleks followed by core work. And fruit loop socks, because this was a morning run and fruit loop socks make mornings happier.
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Thursday: 

AM: The same strength workout as Monday

PM: 6 miles easy

Friday: 

5 easy miles

Saturday: 

20-mile long run. J had a meeting (and thus a hotel room) in Denver Friday through Saturday, so I tagged along and got to enjoy my long run in the Mile High City.
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This picture is from the top of the little hill in Cheesman Park, which feels not-so-little at mile 9ish of the half at Rock ‘n Roll Denver (it’s mile 9 of the full, too, but feels a lot less brutal when you’re running the full).

Sunday: 

Rest. I didn’t even do yoga today. I took a walk instead, because the weather was gorgeous and I needed my vitamin D fix.

Total: 54 miles

And that’s the week in a nutshell. I will get back to the gym this week. I will. Maybe.

Daylight savings: Love it or hate it?

Favorite at-home strength move? I’ve been doing pistol squats. I love/hate them.