I have become busier in the last few weeks and have neglected to publish Week 15 of my training. The light is at the end of the tunnel, and I will be running the Dallas Marathon in two weeks time. I have improved both physically and mentally as a runner in the last 15 weeks. My current plan is to start taking it easier prior to marathon day.
Below is a short summary of my Week 15 and Week 16 Training:
Nov 17th: Cold morning. Ran 8 miles at 9 min/mile avg
Nov 24th: 6 miles at 9:33 min/mile avg. Tired after Sunday’s run.
Nov 18th: 1.6 mile warmup, 3 X 2 mile repeats with 800m recovery followed by 1.7 mile cooldown. The repeats were done at 8:08 min/mi, 8:09 min/mi, 7:54 min/mi. Total of 9.18 miles
Nov 25th: 1.6 mile warmup, 4 X 1.5 mile repeats with 800m recovery followed by 1.6 mile cooldown. Total of 10.9 miles. Repeats done at 7:47 min/mile, 7:29 min/mile, 7:37 min/mile and 7:36 min/mile
Nov 19th: Rest!
Nov 26th: Rest!
Nov 20th: 1.6 mile warm, followed by 10 miles at 7:55 min/mile avg, 1.54 mile cooldown
Nov 27th: 1.57 warmup followed 10 miles at 7:47 min/mile avg. 1.72 mile cool down. Definitely not going to run my marathon at a 7:47 min/mile. My calf was nagging a bit and I was tired!
Nov 21st: 7.01 miles at 9:06 min/mile avg
Nov 28th: 6 miles at 9:21 min/mile avg
Nov 22nd: 4 miles with friends at 10:06 min/mile avg followed by 4 mile tempo at 7:57 min/mile pace
Nov 29th: Ran with my friend Viresh. 12 miles at 8:31 min/mile average
Nov 23rd: 16.12 miles at 9:12 min/mile pace. Last long run. Warm and humid today!
Nov 30th: 10.5 miles at 9:06 min/mile avg. Warm and humid today!
Total miles week 15: 63.5 miles
Total miles week 16: 59 miles
Thoughts for the week. Need to get through a 55 mile week next week (week 17) and the following week is marathon week (Week 18). Although the plan for week 18 is to still get in 6 runs, I may decide not to run after Wednesday, and let my body heal up and rest for marathon day.