Back up to peak mileage (45 miles) for the last time before I start tapering. Although my running is really tearing me down, I feel that once I taper, I will feel very strong.
- Sunday: 6 miles easy with a one hour cycle. I was able to get some real sleep last night and I really felt the difference on my run. In order to give my legs a break, I split this run between the street and the woods. Concerning the cycle, I didn’t really have any goals other than to get in a solid hour. During some points in my ride, I got caught up and pushed a little. I have a feeling my quads will be slightly sore tomorrow.
- Monday: 5 miles easy in the woods to recover from yesterday’s cycle and prepare for tomorrow’s tempo run. The weather is starting to change and my runs are now a little hot. I will definitely have to take my hydration serious during the race. My ankle bothered me just a little bit.
- Tuesday: 12.6 miles. 1 mile E + 2 x (20 min E + 20 min T) + 1 mile E. Big workout that definitely challenged me. Like my previous tempo runs, I let my first interval dictate my pace for the subsequent intervals…this time I hung around the 6:30s with my second repeat faster than the first. Again, the weather factored into my run and although I had ample water, the heat was significant. Surprisingly, my achilles/ankles held up and the only pain I had was a slight cramp toward the end of the run (probably linked to my hydration). Although I started the run with noticeably sore quads, I was able to hold a decent pace for the workout. Concerning nutrition, I had some HEED and Perpetuem Solids before my run and Ultragen and a turkey burger after my run. To save my legs, I took a quick ice bath and got in a quick cycle aswell. Solid day.
- Wednesday: 4 miles easy in the woods to recover. Despite my hard workout yesterday, I had minimal soreness and was able to hold a fairly fast pace without much effort. Feeling strong…
- Thursday: Easy four miles in the woods coupled with a post-run cycle on my trainer (12 miles). Overall I felt strong, although my legs were feeling somewhat fatigued. Beautiful weather for a run… 62 with a cool wind.
- Friday: 3 miles easy on the track. This run was supposed to be done in the morning, but my alarm didn’t go off. So, I got a pass from Coach to run out on the track during lunch. I’m starting to feel the summer heat.
- Saturday: 2 hour long run on hilly terrain with a 30 min cycle. Coming into the run, my goal was to run low 8s for about 16 miles. However, a large storm blew in and after getting bombarded by lightning strikes, hail, and cold rain, I decided to cut my run to 14.5 miles. Because I finished my run absolutely freezing, I decided to forgo an ice bath and hopped on the trainer after a nice hot shower.
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