Instead of focusing on my upcoming training instead the focus is on a decision I need to make this week about the marathon I have planned. Over the last few weeks I have started to really question my readiness for the marathon. While I know I can finish, I have enough of that lately I want to race well again, reach for the 3:20 goal and finish feeling strong again. I was behind in beginning my training thanks to not listening to my body when this hamstring injury started over a year ago! Instead I continued to run like nothing was wrong resulting in frustrating races and months of rehab. I was finally cleared to run speed with about 1/3 of marathon training left but remain limited on back to back runs and hills.
I am less than 5 weeks from my planned marathon and the logistics of the race and travel while starting a new job also make it rather tough. Combine this with lack of ideal training (for both Matt and I) and we are questioning whether to run. I still want to run a marathon but am looking at other possible options. 1) the following week but a flat course that is 3 hours away but out of state 2) a slightly hilly course 2 weeks later that is 2 hours away but in my home state or 3) a similar course to #2 that is 3 hours away and would still get another state crossed off my list or heck add 4) some other marathon I have no idea about, suggestions? Something near the Twin Cities in late Fall?
So how did the week go…
Monday: Walk and yoga/core
Tuesday: Strength with trainer. Evening 6 mile run coaching
Wednesday: Core and Run to/from O's dentist and farmer's market (8.5 miles)
Thursday: Morning 12 mile run, walk for coffee and core work
Saturday: 8 mile run/walk (helped a new runner finish her longest run of 3 miles) then off to Matt’s triathlon
Sunday: 18.3 miles in nasty heat with a friend who is training for her first marathon. We started at 6am and it was 79 degrees already!
And what’s ahead…
Monday: Strength and Bike tonight
Tuesday: Spin in am and Evening run coaching
Wednesday: Strength and swim
Thursday: Run and core
Saturday: Half Marathon
Sunday: Bike and Strength
How was your week? Stay cool out there! It is nasty here, hot and humid with temps over 100!