I’ve reached peak time in my training, but race day still seems so far away! Despite it being 4 whole weeks away, I have already gone into “What if?” mode. My husband reminds me often that I can kill myself with “What if?”‘s, so I have been spending time reviewing my training log and focusing on my race day plan.
During week 13, I took advantage of having the Monday off for Labor Day and headed down to the trail early for a 10 mile tempo run. It was nice to sleep in a bit before knocking out such a hard workout and nice to be able to take a nap afterward as well! It was pretty warm, but I got it done. That Saturday was my first 20 miler ever!
I totaled out the week with 50 miles – my first 50 mile week ever! Woohoo! I was really happy with how the week went. That Saturday night my husband and I went out to dinner & to the Moonlight Market. There weren’t many vendors this month which we think was likely to it being football season now, but it was a beautiful night to spend some time outside.
This week was a cut back week that was supposed to round out at 40 miles, but unfortunately by mid-week I wasn’t feeling well. My allergies have been pretty rough the past few weeks from the ragweed and I couldn’t figure out if it was that and/or a cold. I stayed home from work Thursday and ended up leaving early on Friday. I decided to sleep in on Saturday and rest all day hoping that I could kick my cold/sinus thing for this upcoming second peak week. I got in my 12 miler this morning, but wish I had been feeling better so I could have really enjoyed the beautiful morning. I ended up going to Urgent Care this afternoon to make sure I didn’t have an ear infection (apparently I don’t) and was given a prescription for a steroid to help with the pain, but I’m not sure yet if I’m going to take it. Regardless, I still managed 32 miles for the week – not the 40 for which I had been hoping, but still a solid week of training considering how I’m feeling. I tend to do better getting more rest than trying to push through a run when I’m sick and I’m hoping that was the right choice this week.
I’m hoping another good night’s sleep tonight will put me in good shape for my morning run to kick off my final peak week of training. I’d love to kick the decongestants by Tuesday and feel good for the second half of the week – here’s hoping! Meanwhile, Archie has been a bit of a handful this week…
Ohhhh, Archie! It’s hard to stay mad at these guys, though.
Off to get ready for bed I go! Just one more hard week to get through before my mileage starts to taper down. I’m looking forward to the extra rest and later mornings. I keep reminding myself that post-marathon I get to take a whoooole week off!