Vermont City Marathon Training Week 9
What Was Planned vs. What Happened
Monday 03/07/16: 30 Min. Easy Run | 30 Min. Easy Run
The weather was warm-ish and sunny, so I set out for a nice, easy run. It’s delightful to be able to get a quick run in outside after work.
Tuesday 03/08/16: 50 Minute “Caterpillar” Run | 50 Min. “Caterpillar” Run
I warmed up for 10 minutes, then alternated 2 minutes of easy running with 30 second “surges.” My paces were pretty inconsistent because I was running outside instead of on the treadmill, but this run felt awesome. It was warm and sunny out again, and it was nice to be outside two nights in a row.
Wednesday 03/09/16: Spin Class | Rest
I just couldn’t face a 5:30 am wakeup call. Could. Not. As I mentioned last week, I was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by my ridiculous schedule. I did a few lame strength exercises before bed, but this was pretty much a rest day.
Thursday 03/10/16: 3 Mile Tempo | 5.82 Miles Total With 3 @ Tempo
This run sucked. I got to my usual gym location and they were in the process of replacing all of the treadmills with new ones. While in the long run this is awesome, it meant that there were zero available treadmills. I left, fuming, and drove to another location. I got on the treadmill in the worst possible mood and proceed to have to mentally flog myself in order to complete my scheduled time/mileage. I ran three miles at my marathon goal pace of 10:30 and it felt so freaking hard! I wanted to quit, or die, or both, the whole time.
Friday 03/11/16: Rest/Strength | Rehearsal
We did our first full run-through of the show, and it was… special. We’re at that magical point in the rehearsal process where it seems like no one knows what they’re doing and how the hell are we gonna open in three weeks?! But at least I got some dancing and stretching in.
Saturday 03/12/16: 10 Mile Easy Run | 10 Miles @ 10:30 Pace
This is the fastest I have EVER completed a double-digit run. I’m not sure where it came from, especially considering I was really not feeling it, but hey, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth!
Sunday 03/13/16: Yoga | A Bit of Strength Stuff
Yeah. That whole yoga thing. Why is it so hard to get there? I guess today I could blame it on the time change, but whatever. I did two loads of laundry and cleaned the apartment before rehearsal, so I wasn’t a total slug. I did some hip and ankle strengthening exercises, and danced and stretched at rehearsal.
Weekly Mileage: 24.4
Total 2016 Mileage: 180
I had a great phone chat this weekend with Coach Suz. It was really cool to actually hear her voice and get to talk about stuff. We focused a lot on nutrition, because that’s what I’ve been feeling crappy about, and she gave me some really great suggestions for ways to improve my eating habits, and just kind of redistribute the foods I’m already eating so they’re more effective. We also talked about my crazy schedule and how stressed I’m feeling, and I feel SO MUCH BETTER now. I may expand on this in another post later this week, but I definitely don’t feel as worried as I did.
What do you do when you’re planning a treadmill run, and there are no available ‘mills? I seriously almost pitched a fit…