This weekend concluded 20 weeks of marathon training. If you are new to my blog I am using the Jeff Galloway 6 month training plan, using the run / walk method. It calls for :
During the week
- A 45-55 minute run at 1 minute less / mile than marathon pace
- A 30 minute run (optional)
- A 45-55 minute run with 1 to 3 miles at marathon pace
- Cross training
Every third weekend now alternates between :
- The “easy” long run (easy means you go slow to build for endurance, not for speed)
- Mile repeats
- A 10 K with a mile time trial
All of this means very high mileage over the next 6 weeks. I travelled 2 days this week so I had to organize my time, and run Monday & Wednesday. I wanted to do my long run on Saturday but it was raining, so Sunday it would be. 41K / 25,5 miles. I used a 3 minute run : 1 minute walk for the majority of the time.
It was very hard. With my travel I probably didn’t get the rest or nutrition I needed. I headed to the Eiffel Tower but it was laborious.
I was struggling at 15 km. I had no energy, I was dreading the kilometers that were still yet to come, I was preoccupied with not being able to find water, or a restroom, and my knee was kind of stiff, my feet sore. I figured if I had another 25K to go, I needed to give my knee a break and run on dirt / trails rather than pavement, and move closer to where I know there is a water fountain.
So I went to run in the Tuileries garden for 5 or 6 km. It was just what I needed, giving my knees the break they were begging me for.
Even if it was quite windy, the weather was in the low fifties. The sun even came out for a few minutes.
I slowly ran back to the Vincennes forest, where I like finishing in my usual stomping grounds because I can manage the mileage. The last 4 miles or so I switched to a 2:1 ratio. I really struggled mentally, I was not loving it as much as I had liked my previous long runs. I left the house at 9 a.m. and was home a bit before 3 p.m. That is a heck of a long time on my feet.
Then I came home and ate ALL THE FOOD.
That concluded 59 K of running this week.
Otherwise, the week was comprised of :
Gorgeous blue skies and sun one day
Frost and freezing temps the next :
A slightly frozen river and snow in Hamburg, Germany :
Summer vacation planning :
I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to head on over and offer some positive support to the participating bloggers ! There are more and more people every week with fun, new blogs to discover.
How was your week ?