Happy happy Monday! I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend.
I did manage to get in my 15-mile training run on Saturday, despite that whole awful rainstorm that we got here. When I woke up, it wasn’t running and it wasn’t supposed to start raining until after I finished, but of course, the weather people lied and it ended up pouring about 5 miles into it. It started thundering and lightning, too, which I know aren’t the safest to run in… buttt when you are a few miles away from home, you have to keep running… so yeah.
The biggest thing I learned from this run in the rain: a) I need to wear some sunglasses because it feels like my contacts are going to fly out; b) I need to try the duct tape over the top of the shoes to keep the rain out (does that really work?!) and c) never trust what the weather people say!
As you may know, I just ran the NYC Marathon and am running the Dallas Marathon in just a few weeks (December 14). I have run back-to-back marathons in the past. I did the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge in 2013 and also ran Wineglass Marathon followed by NYC Marathon about 5 weeks later.
During those times, I didn’t train in between races. I ran a few times, and considered that good enough… which, well, I learned my lesson at NYC Marathon last year when I had the most painful race of my life. Apparently spending a few weeks eating and drinking whatever you want before a marathon isn’t a great way to train… who knew?!
So this time I’m taking it a bit seriously. Last week was my heaviest week since the NYC Marathon and I knocked out 52 miles!
I am bad at sharing my training runs as I go, but here’s a summary of what I did (only one rest day… I know):
Monday: 7 miles with 8 x 100m strides
Tuesday: Medium-long run (12 miles)
Wednesday: Recovery 4 miles
Thursday: 9 miles w/5 x 800m @ 5k race pace
Friday: Recovery + speed (5 miles with 6 x 100m strides)
Saturday: 15 miles
Thursday was by far the hardest day because I was just not in the mood to run and if you could have told me that I could have turned around at any point of the run, I would have jumped into your car and done it. The only thing that was really keeping me motivated was the Hug a Runner Day Virtual Run, which I split into Wednesday + Thursday run (of course, did not really go for time).
And the only way I stayed awake for the rest of Thursday:
Anyways, one of the challenges I have faced this entire week is the hunger. As a runner, it’s always something that is in the back of my mind… trying to figure out when I’ll eat next because you never want to get that hangry feeling where you just can’t function until you get some calories.
But wow, I’ve never experienced hunger like this before during training. I am not sure if it’s because my body is still ramped up from NYC Marathon and now I’m telling it to keep going hard for the next one? But I need to find something to get this runger under control… current plan? Try out protein shake for breakfast (which I’ve done in past) and hope that’s the ticket!
Anyone else experience something similar? What did you do to control it?
How many miles did you get in last week? When’s your next race?
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