I don't always follow the directions all that much when I'm training, and sometimes just sort of do whatever, but I really want this period to be a good restful time for my body so I can go into the marathon strong. So, here's how the week went down.
Monday - Memorial Day - I woke up late and went for an easy peasy recovery run. Just over two miles, but it hurt. My body was still sore from the 20 on Saturday and it was not enjoying this run. 2.17 very slow miles in 26:31, 12:31 pace. It was exhausting.
Tuesday - I wanted to finish out my 100 miles for May, and I did with a 4 mile run. It felt pretty good, but it was still on the slow side, my body did not really want to cooperate with trying to go faster, so I left it at a slow-ish run. 4.02 miles in 46:56, 11:40 pace.
Wednesday - Self imposed rest day. I know it was National Running Day, but my body needed a rest after 20 miles Saturday, a hike Sunday, a run Monday and Tuesday, I just needed to give it a break. So, I did. It was a good rest too. Much needed. Plus, I wasn't feeling great.
Thursday - I did yoga. Nothing too interesting, I did it at home, didn't go to a class, just some good stretching to help loosen my body up.
Friday - Rest day.
Saturday - Long run with the team. This was a step-back run. And, again, I was the only person at practice doing the full marathon mileage - 13. Coach Melissa ran with me the whole way, and I really needed her help and encouragement, cause I was not feeling this run, at all. It just felt hard the whole way, I never found my groove. The weather was perfect for a run, slightly cool and mostly overcast, but I just couldn't get my body to cooperate. This run sucked. 13.22 miles, 2 hours 35 minutes, 11:43 pace.
Sunday - I took the dog for a short hike, which he loved as always, and then over to my parents house where I played with him and their big dogs in the backyard for a while. It might not seem like exercise, but chasing dogs around the backyard can be exhausting.
This week continues the taper. I leave for Alaska a week from Thursday, and the marathon is in just over a week, on Saturday the 18th. I am so excited and so ready for this race! Yay!
In other news, I switched events at the San Francisco Marathon, from the first half to the second half, to complete the "Half it All Challenge" and get the special medal. I love the first half of San Francisco, and running across the Golden Gate bridge, but I figure I can do the first half again next year.
And, I am now officially a Half Fanatic, thanks to the OC Half Marathon on May 1 followed by the Pasadena Half Marathon on my birthday, May 15. I am Half Fanatic number 1108. YAY!! You too can be a Half Fanatic and join in all the craziness!! (Click the image below to be directed to the Half Fanatic website.) Next goal, achieve Marathon Maniac status.
Lastly, I can still use your support in my upcoming marathon, just under two weeks away. Please click the link to support me and make a donation to LLS!