Week 12: The Best Week (73 miles)

It’s hard to believe there are two weeks until the Phoenix marathon.  Last week proved to me that I’m as ready as I’ll be for this race.  After my short back injury last week, I was extremely nervous going into this week and for the race in general.

My goal for the week was to get one long run and workout in.   

Monday: 10.65 miles easy
Tuesday: 20.16 miles (7:40 pace)
Wednesday: 5 miles extremely easy
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 10 miles easy
Saturday: AM: 5 miles easy
PM: Feel the Love 5k (20:05)
Sunday: 15 miles easy
Total:  73 miles


This week was exactly what I wanted.

Tuesday’s run was the best and the most motivating of the entire training cycle.  I don’t run a lot of miles at a harder pace but I wanted to get a a final long run in. I ran two loops around my area (it was boring but I was easily able to get fuel halfway through). My legs felt good and I felt strong.  I don’t think I could run another 5.1 miles at that pace (hopefully taper allows me too) but I am proud of how it went.

Then on Wednesday-Friday, I took it easy. My run on Friday was one of the most miserable runs I’ve had in a very long time.  It was extremely cold and by mile 3, the wind hit me like a train.  The first few miles weren’t as cold but once the wind hit, it truly felt like the -1 that the weather channel had been talking about.  If I had known how cold it was I would have run inside, no questions asked.  I got to work and was frozen the rest of the day.

Tim got back on Thursday and we signed up to do a team “Feel the Love” 5k on Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t know if I would be able to do this race due to my work schedule but thankfully they were really nice and allowed me too.  The race started at the random time 3:30 pm.  I woke up on Saturday knowing that my legs weren’t feeling that great (I would hope not after my workout earlier in the week).  I gave it my best and had a great time along the way.  I ran a 20:05 5k on a tough course.  It had so many turns it was like running on an indoor track (not an exaggeration because it had 12 turns).

Tim and I’s team name was “Planes and Pancakes”.  HA!

feel the love 5k

Sunday was also extremely cold.  I’m to the point that I’m not going to force myself to be miserable while running.  If it feels like -5 outside, I see no problems running inside.  I ran inside and caught up on news and trashy TV.

Cliff notes:

This week was exactly what I wanted and needed for my training cycle.  I got my last long run and workout in.  I got a smaller speed workout and in and I felt good (not injury free).  It’s time to start relaxing and tapering for the next two weeks.

Questions for you:

How do you taper for marathons?

What was your best workout of the week?

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  1. Just wanted to say that I am so excited that you did the Feel the Love 5k race, haha. It’s actually probably one of my favorites in Philadelphia. I love that it’s a partner race (but you still each get to run your own race) and my favorite game to play during it was “guess the relationship between the people high living each other on the clockwise/counterclockwise loop.” I did it the past two years but missed out this year because most of my running friends were traveling to Penn State for an indoor track meet.

  2. Yay for a confidence building week! I’m excited to see how your marathon goes.

    This week I had a really great tempo run. Hoping my long run goes just as smoothly in an hour haha

  3. YES for no pains and all the mileage gains! Aaahhh, my great poetry skills are coming alive today. I’m getting pancakes tonight so I’m pretty happy despite the frigid temps. lol

  4. Great job Hollie! I’m glad your back is doing better and you and Tim got to run a race together for Valentine’s Day!

  5. You guys are the cutest! That 20-mile run is so impressive. I actually like to do my longer runs at a faster pace most of the time (they go by more quickly and I think it sets me up really nicely for shorter races). After everything you’ve been through since summer, I’m so glad to see you climb to the top!

  6. I am soooo happy to hear that you had such a solid week! I think this is the confidence booster you need going into taper and getting ready to race. Also Planes and Pancakes is adorable. I might have “awww’d” outloud.

  7. Pancakes and planes is a cute name! Perfect for you two. Holding a 7:40 pace for twenty miles is BA! This was a killer week! Good luck in the marathon!

  8. Woohoo for Team Planes and Pancakes! Funny you mention running inside … I woke up this morning and planned for run outside, but with a “feels like” temperature of -17*F, I’m waiting it out until this afternoon. There’s absolutely no reason to subject yourself to those temps if it’s going to make you miserable. Running should be FUN.

  9. Get it girl!

    That’s interesting that you got colder as your run progressed Friday. When it’s super cold out (low 20s or lower) I definitely get COLDER the longer I run as opposed to warmer.

    Best workout of the week: my 14 miler Monday. It was the perfect way to get ready to be stuck inside for 4 days straight due to ice!

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