Monday, May 2, 2011

Week 18 of 20 Marathon training

Week 18 is now in the books and time has been flying.  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was dealing with dead legs in the first month of training.  Overall this has been a great week in training.  I struggled big time big at the start of the week.  The week started out with an off day on Monday.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I struggled through two runs.  I felt sluggish and like I was fighting against myself.  Thursday was a little better as I focused on some short speed intervals.  On Friday I was feeling a little ill.  I'll spare you the details why, but I forgot to eat dinner Thursday evening.  I can be a full on dork sometimes when I'm nervous.   I thought I would struggle on Friday's run, but I ran and felt better than I have in a loooong time.  Saturday was my last hard workout of marathon training.  I ran 15 miles in just over 2 hours 20 minutes and then hopped on the bike for a 30 mile ride.  I really like going for a ride after runs.  I feel it gets the hurt out of the legs.  I felt great this morning, which probably is a result of the 11 hours I slept and I got another run in this morning.  In the rain, of course.  So, I am now officially on taper.  I'll be dialing my runs back a lot over the next two weeks.  I will also do some cross-training on the bike if I can.  The biggest thing I do have this week is the Run for the Boarder on Thursday.  It is a Cinco de Mayo race that starts and ends at the Blind Pig.  I have never done this race before, but this is what I have heard.  It is a staggered start and you run with one other person as a team.  At the start you get a list of bars you have to run too.  There is no route, so it is up to the team to decide on the fastest route, which should be about 3 miles.  At each bar you do a task before leaving...chug a corona...shot of tequila...etc.  Also, you have to run with an item that is given out.  Usually maracas or sombrero.  It should be a fun evening and I am looking forward to it.  My long run of the week will be this weekend and it will be 6-8 miles.  Ooooo taper....your feelings of laziness and phantom injuries are almost here.

Running:  35 miles with a 9:22 avg pace   
Cycling:  35 miles outside  with an average speed of 18 mph.

Weight training:  2 sessions:  Bench 1x12 165lbs 1x8 185lbs 1x4 205lbs
                                             Incline Bench 2x12 120lbs 1x10 115lbs
                                             T-Bar Row 2x15 75lbs
                                             Close Grip Pullups 3x12 (Weight assisted)
                                             Military Press 3x15 55lbs
                                             Pull ups 3x15 15lbs

Weight training 2 sessions (workout 2)  :  Incline curls 3x12 25 lbs
                                           Preacher curls 3x12 80lbs
                                           Tricep pulldown 3x12 85lbs
                                           Reverse Tri pulldown (one arm) 3x15 45lbs
                                           Reverse Preacher curl (straight bar) 3x12 50lbs

Calories burned:  Week 16:  7,695
Weight loss this week:  1lbs
Weight loss YTD:  12lbs


Matty O said...

The dead legs are a good sign. It means you are actually doing what you are supposed to :)

We just came off of a huge week for us. Legs were trashed all week too. Taper is the time to let them recovery. If you do cross training, don't be a meat head, no hammering on the bike. Give the legs time to rebuild from all the abuse.

Great job man. The hard work is now done. A few middle distance runs and then race day!!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Let the taper madness begin!!

Zaneta said...

just found your blog... somehow i've been following you on twitter but not your blog... can we say creeper?! ;) lol

I also live in ohio... I'm running the cap city half marathon this saturday...

good luck in cleveland!!