Monday, July 7, 2014
Marathon Training Week 7/21
This weeks training looked like this:
Monday: PM PT - @ new gym - box jumps, squats, theraband lunges, farmers walks + 5km treadmill - just because
Tuesday: AM Run 1: 10km road 55mins 45 seconds
PM Usual shoulder & glute activation work + core, chest & back
Wednesday: @ home 3 x sets 10 push ups; core
Thursday: AM Run 2: 5km (aim to get under 25 mins) -24mins 49 seconds!!! (PB!)
PM @ old gym 15 mins walk tready; 15 mins rowing machine; 1 set side leg lifts, vertical & incline abs; tabata sets abs, farmers walks.
Friday: PM PT @ new gym - theraband assisted pull ups, theraband tows, push ups, box jumps, hamstring tensions exercises, kettle bell swings.
Saturday: AM Run 3: 20kms - 119 mins 47 seconds
It's been a bit of a funny training week. For Run 1 - running coach set me a goal to run 10kms as though I were in a race, as fast as possible & she was going to use that time to estimate my marathon time. Oh dear. I wish she hadn't told me that.
I psyched my self out of doing it Monday morning as planned. I'd spent all day Sunday subconsciously (& consciously) worrying on it. What if I ran a PB for the 10km & then wasn't able to deliver on Marathon day? But if I don't run a PB, then all that speed work & training I've been doing will be for naught. Sometimes I am quite the head case & the anxiety of it all almost became overwhelming.
I ran it Tuesday morning after promising Mike (PT) I would do so & just do my best. I felt like I'd run hard & spew worthy & was totally dismayed with the time of
I'd run the Warrnambool 10km in January with hills under 50 minutes & the same course the year before just under 55 mins. Clearly I don't do well under pressure. I guess this means that I may beat coaches estimated finish time for the marathon yet. Time will tell.
Was very happy with the 5km as I managed to get under 25 minutes on the road. I'd done it on the treadmill last week but wasn't considering it a PB til I'd done it on the road. I was still worrying about impending longer runs - virgin territory soon. But as Carol said - one day at a time!!
The 20km long run went well, I was zoned out for the majority of the run, not stressing about distance, pace or time & enjoyed it. According to google I saw a "squadron" of Pelicans - there were 10 just hanging out in the wetland area, then I saw another 3 on a little estuary. I tried an endurance drink this week - Tailwind Endurance Fuel - dropped it at the 9km mark of the trail.
I didn't notice in the dark that the next section of the path was flooded by the estuary!!!! I had to run up & down a very pot holed side street in an industrial area to make up the last km, but worked well as I could dump my 600ml drink bottle on timber fence posts in-between swigs negating the need to carry it full! I drank it all before the 11th km to find the bin that is usually there has gone!!! Had to carry it empty for another couple of kms til I found a bin.
Coach wasn't too worried about my 10km time telling me that we all have off weeks & that I'm doing well. So don't feel quite so bad as I did after the run. Time to put it behind me & move forward.