I am not going to beat around the bush with this post. Week 13 was HUGE! Not only because I am now inside of 3 weeks to the Marine Corps Marathon(!!!) but also because it was the peak week of training which meant – a 20 mile long run. And…. BOOM:
I met up with Courtney around 7 am. We decided to run together since she had a 15 mile on the schedule and what better way to get through what would be my most mentally challenging run than with some company? BRF’s kinda rock 😉
We started at Rock Creek Park near Peirce Mill. The temps said 65 but the humidity was all kinds of awful (goodness gracious DC!) But the landscape and the company were dy-no-mite! We did a 5 mile out and back to the start and then I did a quick change into a tank from the short sleeve shirt I was wearing (humidity fail). We continued through Rock Creek for the duration turning around at Mile 10 to conclude the 15. At that point Courtney and I said our goodbyes, I refueled and stretched and continued on my way.
Not going to lie, I was tired and there were a few walk breaks in those last 5 miles. My knees started to ache a bit so I stopped at a picnic spot and stretched out. Then at Mile 18 I received a “happy long run day” text from my BFF in Chicago and started to smile. This was followed up with “you can do it!!!” so I did.
I was not worried about speed or time on this PR distance. I just wanted to finish and feel good about it. Even so, I was pretty happy with myself after this run. And surprise, I survived!
I started the week in a bit of an energy deficit having worked out /run several days in a row. I felt sick mid week but it didn’t last (thankfully!) My M.O. these days has been “work eat run sleep repeat” so I tried to get as much rest as possible in this peak week of training:
- Monday: personal training w/Jake – leg day!
- Tuesday: 5.5 mile run
- Wednesday: personal training w/Jake – upper body
- Thursday: REST
- Friday: REST
- Saturday: 20 freaking miles!!
- Sunday: 2.4 mile active recovery run/walk to complete the Running with Ollie Scavenger Hunt run (did you enter/participate?)
Who ran long or raced this weekend? Who is enjoying beautiful fall weather?!