Mileage Recap & a Question

You might have gotten this post last night…wordpress is playing tricks on me and posting when it shouldn’t be!

This week was a little bizarre for me running-wise anyway.

Monday 1.52 warmup 8:23 avg pace, 5.25 miles of 800s 35:01, 6:40 avg pace, cooldown run back home for 1.50 miles-8:08 pace. 8.27 miles total.
I hit the track last Monday because, well, quite frankly, I’m becoming obsessed with it. I love how hard it is. I love how it makes me stronger. And quite frankly…I freaking LOVE running that fast. Before this year, I hadn’t done any 800s outside-I always did them on a treadmill because I didn’t think I could make my body go that fast. Well guess who was wrong? ME. Doing a track workout outside tests your own speed with no resistance, and I actually found it easier than doing it on a treadmill, and I was also faster than I thought I would be.

Tuesday: Off.

Wednesday : 18.10 Mile Long Run-2:41:09, 8:54 pace
I had to switch around my long run and do it during the week because I didn’t want to have to tackle it during a weekend away. It doesn’t seem like any fun to be out dancing all night and then run 18-20 the next morning. No, no. I had the most time after school on Wednesday so I planned it for then.

There are so many things to tell you about this run so I will bullet point it (Because bullet points are fun!)
-I was tired. This run was my third within 10 days. Each of those long runs was done during a separate training week, but nonetheless—Still done only 10 days apart. It was a lot.
-Yeah, I could’ve skipped the long run but I really didn’t want to.
-I needed new shoes and I could feel every part of my legs ALL run long. I still am planning on doing my marathon in my Pureflows, but knowing that I have been doing so many long runs lately made me feel like I needed more “cushion” to cover all those miles, so I’ve been wearing my Ghost 7’s for my long runs lately.
-I started off at a pretty great clip- 8:30 pace or better, but my body couldn’t keep up and the second half averaged out into some low 9 minute miles.
-I didn’t mind that this run was bad. I did it. I’ll do another. I have had a ton of great long runs this training cycle-one bad one doesn’t hurt my confidence or make me feel like I failed.
-Two days after my long run, my aaaaaahmayzing husband bought me new long run sneaks..What a guy:)

New Ghosts make for a very happy girl who runs everywhere.

Thursday 8.47 miles, 8:18 avg pace.
A nice easy recovery run from Wednesday that quite frankly was faster than I thought it would be because I was tired from standing on my feet all day/work/a long run/life.

Friday OFF.

Saturday: 10.10 miles, 1:28, 29, 8:46 avg pace.
Wore my new Ghosts and they felt amazing!!!!
I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed to go for a morning run along the coastline. I knew that running in a new area would make me a tad slower (so I wouldn’t get lost and would still remember where I was going). I love going running in a new area when I’m away with my friends. Honestly they totally expect it by now and that little bit of time that I set off to run means I’m also exploring amazing options for us. I figured out like 10 different stores we needed to go to, scenery we needed to check out, and even good spots for us to park. It was awesome!! I was happy with that pace and didn’t feel like I should have been going any faster or slower!

Sunday: 10.10 miles, 1:18, 7:43 pace.
Wore the new Ghosts again….I’m over the moon for them!!
After my run on Saturday, we walked around shopping for a million hours downtown. After that, we went dancing. We were out all night. There was plenty of martini’s, pizza, wine, and chips involved so I am literally shocked at this pace on Sunday because I had nooooo business being able to run this immediately following that kind of night. I had wanted to do a tempo run on Sunday, but in theory, I didn’t think it was going to be possible. Who dances in high heels for 3 hours and gets up to bang outa tempo run? I don’t get it, but I will take it. It was easily my “favorite run of the week” because it surprised me with its easy-ness. I was able to hold my goal marathon pace for middle tempo miles and it felt challenging but the good kind of hard. PLUS, it again was done along a stunning coastline and that is just my new favorite thing. I might have to tell my husband we are moving because I can’t even get over the scenery.
Seriously, imagine this for your runs every day?? Heaven.

Anyway, I have a question for all you marathoners… My marathon is October 19th (five weeks from Sunday!) and I’m wondering how many weeks before your marathons that you start your taper? I’m thinking my last long run is actually going to be a 22 miler along the marathon course, and it’s going to be September 27th. That puts me three weeks out from the marathon. In the past, I have stuck to about the same thing-last 20-22 mile run three weeks out and then start to taper (yucky). Anybody out there do your last long run only 2 weeks before your marathon? I’m really just curious if it has benefitted you during your actual marathon, or ended up slowing you down! (I’m planning on a 15-16 miler on 2 weekends beforehand, maybe 10 the weekend before)

Also: What was your favorite run of the week?


32 thoughts on “Mileage Recap & a Question

  1. This is the perfect blog for anyone who would like to understand this topic.
    You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic which has been discussed for many years.
    Excellent stuff, just excellent!

  2. Awesome job on your runs!!

    This is my first marathon so I have no point of reference, but I’m doing the three week taper like they tell me. I just had my last big long run of 22 miles this past weekend – this weekend I’ll do 13, then 10, then my marathon on October 5. I laughed when you said taper is yucky. I guess we’ll see how I feel three weeks from now, but I couldn’t be happier to be finally cutting back. I was getting so sick of the high mileage and super long runs!

    Random question: how do you get those graphics with the pic of you on the track and your run stats overlayed on top of it? Is it a special app or do you make them yourself?

  3. I just found your blog, and I have to say that your weekly workouts are SO inspiring to me. I’ve been majorly slacking this training cycle (training for the Cali International Marathon in Dec.) and am just having a really hard time getting my mileage back up. Or even sticking to a training plan for that matter. It’s awesome that you are committed to finishing your (super speedy) workouts all while having a busy social life and tons of other stuff going on. I’m sure its going to pay off with a big PR. Keep up the great work, I’ll definitely be back to read more!

    Also, so impressed with your 7 Boston Marathon finishes…I’m basically praying that my 3:31:xx will make the cut for 2015. I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

    • Thank you so much Jackie! It has been a great training cycle for me! However, I can honestly say I’ve experienced before what you are going through right now. There are times when it get a tremendously tough to keep on
      Pushing yourself. I really try to do 2-3 of my weekday runs before work (I don’t know if that’s possible for you) this helps because after work, I’m exhausted and don’t want to really even move!!!
      Good luck on your training and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help!! 🙂

  4. You amaze me because you can fit so much running into your life and still have a great social life!! It’s like your superwoman for real! It’s so inspiring to me. When I have fun things on my schedule like weddings, Taco Tuesdays, date nights w/ my boyfriend, etc, I tend to let my run slide sometimes. I like that I’m flexible with my running schedule enough to let myself have fun, but I wish I could find that balance you seem to be so great at where you get your super runs in AND all the social time. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!! haha…or maybe I just have to get a little faster first! 🙂

  5. More amazing photos and some very strong running Nicole!!! You rock star you! 🙂 annnnd ohhhhh somebody likes going fast and the track aka oval office now. Sound like a marathoner with a 5K’ers speed I love it! Keep up the inspiring workouts.

  6. I usually do two 20-22 milers in a marathon training cycle. The first 5 weeks out and the second 3 weeks out from marathon day. But I still do a fairly long run two weeks out (like 15-16 miles) and only really taper the last two weeks. I’ve found that if I drop things down too much before-hand I don’t race well.

  7. I also like my last really long run to be three weeks from the marathon, BUT I’m much older than you are, and you probably recover more quickly 🙂 I have seen plans with a 20 mile run back to back both three weeks and two weeks out.
    Maybe divide the run in half: run 10 miles in the morning and 10 that evening? You still get the mileage with a little less fatigue on your legs.

    • 10&10 is a good tip! I might do that if i have to do the long run during the week again.
      I like to get my miles in at the same time lately. I’ve run a bunch of 20’s during this training cycle…more than I’ve ever done before! I don’t know why i’m so die hard! 🙂

  8. I’m running cape cod on 10/26 and my last really long run will be 10/4, so I guess that’s a 3 week taper. That’s what I did for my last marathon and I felt ready and rested on race day, so I’m not going to mess with it. That said, I don’t think one more long run would be detrimental, but I’d make an extra effort to take it easy.

  9. I’m actually following a similar plan for Baystate, which has me doing a 20 miler the weekend of September 27th. Because of weddings and other stuff I have going on, I bumped all my 20 milers forward a week, so I’ll do one this weekend and then another one the weekend of October 4, leaving me with a two week taper. I just don’t see the harm? I think a two week taper is still plenty of tape time.

  10. I love when runs surprise me with how easy/fast they are!! I cant imagine doing a long run after work though, 10 after work is my limit. I’m also doing my last long run on the 27th another 20 miler, then tapering down to 13 (or 15)that following week then 10 then RACE ahhh! I’ve been following my training schedule to the T for the most part since I have zero marathon experience! I’m curious to know what is you goal time for bay state? You don’t have to answer if its top secret 🙂

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