This was a much better week. I left things in my last post that I was upset I’d gained weight and made losing it a priority, even if that meant quitting marathon training. I’m happy to report I don’t think I need to quit training.
After I thought about my frustration with gaining weight–based on how I felt since I hadn’t stepped on the scale–I wondered why my clothes still fit. I got on the scale and realized that I’ve gained 3.7 pounds. Not ideal, but considering I felt like I’d gained 50 pounds, that made me feel much better.
With my frustration over my weight gain, my desire to overeat this week was dead, so it was easy to jump back on the healthy eating wagon. All week I focused on eating well and being in control. After long runs, I didn’t gorge myself like I usually do, which is a big step in the right direction. Overall, I feel really good about my eating last week.
So, I think I’m in a good place to manage both my weight and training. If it took gaining a few pounds to make me see the light and change things up, maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing.
So here I am, finished with week 10 and with 8 more weeks to go. I have a lot of hard weeks ahead of me, but I’m going to take it one day at a time and try my best.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for the NCR Marathon November 25, 2017 using the Hansons’ Marathon Method
- Days running: 6
- Miles this week: 38
- Time running: 8:32
- Miles this training cycle: 280.24
- Miles in September: 124
- Miles this year: 813.48
- Strength training: 1 session
Easy run: 4 miles
This was tough. I was still mourning the end of vacation and feeling very overweight. I had the day off work, so I was at least able to sleep in a bit. I got the run done but it felt hard. I’m grateful I had another day off work to shake vacation out of my system. I’m not one of those people who can spring back into reality immediately after vacation. Having a buffer enabled me to get post-vacation chores done, relax, and show up at work on Tuesday refreshed and happy.
Easy run: 4 miles
This was a much better run! Already I was getting back into my training groove.
Easy run: 7 miles
I considered switching this to Thursday, when I knew it would be cooler, but I foolishly thought, How bad could it be? This was just going to be an easy run since I had a marathon-pace run on Saturday that would eat up my 20% of hard running. Well, it was bad! It had been really hot and humid all week. The humidity dragged me down. Aside from trail runs, this was my slowest run of the training cycle.
Rest day + strength training
Easy run: 4 miles
51 degrees! Thank you for coming out to play, fall weather!
Marathon Pace Run: 11 miles
My runs at marathon pace have been going well, but I wanted to start doing them on a graded trail that mirrors the race course. I headed up to the Buffalo-Freeport Trail on a very chilly but sunny morning. After 2 miles of warm-up, I started the 8 miles at marathon pace. I know that the upgrade on these trails is always tough for me, so I was prepared to go a little slower on the upgrade and faster on the downgrade, hoping my average would be right around marathon pace. I kept my eye on my heart rate to keep it below my lactate threshold level for at least the upgrade. Marathon pace felt extremely tough, and my heart rate keep rising. I had to take walking breaks to keep my heart rate below lactate threshold level. My heart rate would fall in about 30 seconds of walking so I didn’t walk a lot, but I really dislike walking breaks because I just can’t get into a groove. My pace on the upgrade was significantly slower than I thought it would be–about 1 minute/mile slower than goal pace. Once I got to the turnaround, expecting to be able to really pick it up, I was pretty tired. I just couldn’t hit marathon pace and was about 30 seconds/mile slower, with only the very last mile close to marathon pace.
This was my hardest run to date at marathon pace, and probably one of my worst in the whole cycle. I just never got into a good groove, and the whole run–even the cool-down mile–seemed to take so much more effort than it should. The only good thing about this run was that the trail was beautiful, and there were lots of fall leaves to run through, which is always fun.
Easy run: 8 miles
I joined Joanna for part of her long run. The miles flew by, which always seems like a small miracle.
In the afternoon, Dave, Django, and I went to Tomlinson Run State Park in West Virginia, about an hour away. We’d never been there before. It’s a very pretty park with lakes, ponds, streams, and the site of an old mineral springs resort from the late 1800s. We hiked a trail that was rugged and uphill the whole way, with very steep sections. Not ideal for active recovery from the weekend running, but we had no idea it would be so hilly.
At one point we had to cross a long bridge with a metal grate surface. Django wouldn’t walk on it–I’m not sure he could have without his toes falling through–so Dave had to carry him across. Django HATES being picked up so did not like this. Look at his face–how embarrassed he is to have to be carried across! Ha ha!
On to week 11!
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!