My marathon training right now is in overdrive but I am loving it! I am feeling stronger than I ever have and with each run am feeling myself get faster and my confidence is building.
I have become a different competitor now that I am a mom. I feel like I can push my body harder and mentally feel more prepared. My training for this marathon has been very focused thanks to my awesome Sustainable Athlete coach Denise Goode.
As the date of the marathon draws near my weekly mileage has been building and some of the workouts have been much more challenging due to training at a higher level when fatigued from the previous workout. The increased “loading” with speed workouts in addition to the longer runs is teaching my muscles to recover more quickly. I am definitely finding that this is paying off!
This weekend I ran in the Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and fair to run as well as work in our Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs booth. I was feeling fatigued the morning of the race due to a hard training week post half marathon. I wasn’t sure what kind of speed I would find. I decided to just go out and run hard and have a good time. I definitely surprised myself finishing in 21:39 (7 minute/mile pace) which put me 3rd in my age group (30-39) out of 273. The best prize at the end was all of the delicious food after the race, my favorite being a nice ice-cold Stonyfield Yogurt Popsicle. The perfect treat after a hot race!
On Sunday I woke up for my 20-miler listening to the sound of rain drumming on our roof. The temperature had dropped from a beautiful, sunny 77 on Saturday to a gloomy, damp and raw New England day. Instead of the running tank from the previous day I bundled up with 3 layers on top, my running skirt (Mountain Hardwear Power Skort) and some SLS3Butterfly Compression Socks to help with circulation but also to keep me warm! Bridget and I hit the dirt roads, Kingdom Trails, and the VAST trail (snowmobile trails).
The first four miles felt as though I was running with my feet attached to the ground. What happened to the spring in my step? Thankfully after that I loosened up and was able to get into a rhythm and enjoy the run. We picked up the pace for the last 5 miles arriving at “Heavens Bench” towards the finish after a lush and mossy looping uphill on single track mountain bike trails. My legs are definitely cooked after the weekend but I’ll be back at it tomorrow!
How is your training going?
- Marathon Training Week 12 (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)