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Final training for Nashville!

ok… total Reader’s Digest version of my last few weeks of training for the Rock n Roll Country Music Marathon coming up in just 4 days! AAAAAHHHHH!!

Monday, 4/1 – Yoga after a long weekend of workouts resulting in really tight leg muscles.

Tuesday, 4/2 – Taught strength and then did 4 miles (38 min) on the TM.  Unremarkable except legs feeling fatigued.  I need a rest day.

Wednesday, 4/3 – Ran 5 miles outside (44:51) - I wanted to do the 3 middle miles at tempo pace (8:30 just a touch slower than my 5K pace) but it took 2 miles for my legs to feel like running… so then miles 3 and 4 I did an 8:26 then a 7:54! It wasn’t easy and I didn’t quite realize I was at that pace! So i guess that’s all good news… right?!

Thursday, 4/4 – Taught FIT (Strength/Cardio Circuit) – tough and fun!

Friday, 4/5 – coached SPIN – Intervals Week 3 – whew!

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A friend in class texted this to me after class. (Our class ends at 1!) Score 1 for the SPIN instructor! (me!) LOL

 

Saturday, 4/6 – A REST DAY, FINALLY!

Sunday, 4/7 – 19.25 miles (3hrs 14 min – my watch died at 18.90 miles! 10:04 pace) This was a good run up until 10 miles… then I started to fall apart unfortunately. Was supposed to do 20. Called it quits at 19.25 and hobbled home…. (Looking back, I fell apart mentally first, then physically, and I had a hard time getting back in the game.  If not for my friend G running with me, I think I would’ve called my husband at mile 17 to come pick me up.  Thanks G for pulling me through at the end!)

Monday, 4/8 – Another rest day… hooray!

Tuesday, 4/9 – Taught Strength followed by 3 easy treadmill miles (28:26) and chatted with a friend on the TM next to me.

Wednesday, 4/10 – legs were tired so another rest day today

Thursday, 4/11 – Taught Power Pilates – loved this workout!!   And did a NIGHT run of 5.3 miles with 6 other members of my Reach the Beach team.  Crazy, ridiculous fun!!!

Part of our upcoming Reach the Beach MA team heading out for a night run!

Part of our upcoming Reach the Beach MA team heading out for a night run!

A friend said we looked like construction workers when he drove by us.  Another said, coal miners.  LOL

A friend said we looked like construction workers when he drove by us. Another said, coal miners. LOL

Friday, 4/12 – Taught SPIN – Week 4 Intervals (Week 12 in a 13 week progression!)

Saturday, 4/13 – Rest

Sunday, 4/14 – Ran 20.8 miles (3:36:24) in the 26.4.26 relay marathon.  This was for the 26 victims of Newtown, CT.  Talk about moving.  I’ll do a separate post on this amazing event.

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Monday, 4/15 – Let the TAPERING begin –  Rest day – that quickly became a heart wrenching day. So relieved my good friend, her husband (twice my long run running partner) G and their beautiful girls made it out of Boston physically unharmed.

Tuesday, 4/16 – Taught Strength (No run after teaching Strength today for the first time in a loooong time! Felt good, but weird!)

Wednesday, 4/17 – Outside taper run.  (4.72 mi in 49:21) This was a challenge.  Everything I read says all taper runs should be run mostly at 1 1/2 – 2 min slower than marathon pace!  I’m already slow! LOL  Each mile was SLOWER than the previous one.  That just seems so wrong!  My shins were burning on this run too.  Strange.

Thursday, 4/18 – Rest Friday, 4/19 – Taught SPIN – It was supposed to be Race Day.  We’ve been working for 3 straight months first building endurance, then strength in our legs, then our VO2 max and lactate threshold.  However, we all agreed that after Monday’s events nobody was emotionally/mentally ready to perform a true race day ride.  We did a high end endurance ride instead and that felt right. Saturday, 4/20 – Taught STEP.  Then had an amazing time watching my 9 year old daughter do her first 5K with her BFF!

Couldn't be prouder of my daughter for completing her first 5K!

Couldn’t be prouder of my daughter for completing her first 5K!

Sunday, 4/21 – an amazing 9 mile run with a friend.  Yes, it was all at marathon pace or under but the run just felt so good and so right.  We chatted a lot about Boston and all about running.  I could’ve gone another 1 1/2 hours I think!  Hopefully I feel this good in Nashville.  Unfortunately, I haven’t run in very warm temperatures and humidity has been non existent.  Nashville looks to be warm and quite humid.  Ugh!

Thank you friend for running with me at a much needed time.  #BOSTONSTRONG

Thank you friend for running with me at a much needed time. #BOSTONSTRONG

Monday, 4/22 – Rest

Tuesday, 4/23 – coached Strength.  It’s really hard not to do everything you’re coaching!!!  But I tried really hard not to push anything so I didn’t break down any more muscles.  It’s all about rebuilding and repairing muscles right now!  Also, an easy 2 mile run on the treadmill to keep the legs loose. (and 1/2 mile of walking on the TM)

And now just 4 days til the marathon…. deep breaths!

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