Eau Claire Marathon Training Week 6

I’m back for another recap of my training for the Eau Claire Marathon! This week was a cutback week but I also had my first race of 2018. So let’s get into it!

Monday, February 5

Nothing too much to reports on my weights workout. I was still feeling sore all day long but it wasn’t because my legs were tight. Instead, my body just felt tired. Not surprising since I ran 34 miles the week before. But I just need to keep an eye on how I’m feeling and change up my cross-training/post-run mobility to make sure I’m not overworking myself.

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Tuesday, February 4

3 miles ~ 32:20 ~ 10:45 min/mile

I worked a little bit later than usual (I had a meeting scheduled until 5 p.m.) so Tuesday was a pretty long day for me before I got my run in. It was cold outside too, below zero with the windchill, but I still bundled up and headed outside with my headlamp. My fingers were pretty cold at the beginning but they warmed up quickly. The only thing that felt pretty cold was my shoulders/chest area so I’ll be adding a thicker second layer for my 5K on Saturday.

Pacing-wise, I was a little bit up and down but I also didn’t look at my watch during the run so that was a win! My first mile was right around 11 minutes but I sped up for mile two. I can’t think of any reason why I did but the cold might have had something to do with it. Luckily, I had felt myself going fast and slowed down to a 10:45 final mile. I still need to work on consistency but at least I didn’t stare at my watch!

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Usually I would have done core work after this run but I was just tired when I got home. I know I’d only feel like doing core or foam rolling and getting in the foam rolling was more important. My plan is still get in one day of core work this week but I might not get in two just based on my schedule.

Wednesday, February 7

7 miles ~ 1:16:12 ~ 10:52 min/mile

Another slightly warmer (aka the feels like temperature was not below zero) and a sunny day! I actually thought it would be slightly warmer on this run because of how sunny it was outside but there was a chilly wind going on.

I felt really good on this run and comfortable with the pacing. I was around 10:40-11 for my mile splits so some were close to marathon pace but I didn’t feel like I was really pushing myself. My calves felt really sore at the end of this run so I just need to work on stretching/rolling those out a little bit better.

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It probably doesn’t help that I spent the entire day at work sitting at my desk working and didn’t get up and walk around a lot. I was also feeling really tired most of the day at work for the same reasons. I should probably turn on my inactivity alert on my watch so that it reminds me to get up and walk around every hour to avoid some of this stiffness. It’s just a bit annoying during meetings when I obviously can’t get up and get some movement in.

Thursday, February 8

3 miles ~ 32:03 ~ 10:39 min/mile

Another chilly run which making me look forward so much to spring. I’m just over the multiple layers whenever I go outside. I want to be able to walk Vinnie or go for a run without bundling up. But at least every day that goes by means we are getting closer to spring weather!

I had a quick paced run today and it didn’t feel like I was pushing myself. Which is good because I’ll have to run close to 9 minute miles to get a new 5K PR but not so great for following training pacing. But again, I didn’t watch my watch whole run which is one of my goals. And apparently this pace was feeling easy for me.

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When I got home, I did get my first core workout in for the week. Since it was the first one, I did a 15 minute session. I’m still hoping to get in a second session (maybe after my long run on Sunday) but at least I got one in for the week.

I also had a package waiting for me since my Nuun singlet was delivered! It’s going to be a little bit longer before I can wear it to races but it fits and feels great. Mike also picked up our bibs and shirts for the Valentine’s Day 5K so we don’t have to arrive early.

Friday, February 9

I worked from home because my work laptop decided to crash on Thursday, which turned out to be good because I got my period. Which normally isn’t that bad but I was hit pretty hard by cramps and soreness this time. Just what I needed the day before a race…

Luckily, I found the perfect yoga video that felt amazing, Yoga for Cramps on Yoga with Adriene’s channel! I love Adriene’s videos and this one was super soothing and just what I needed for the low back pain and cramps. Plus, I got to use all the pillows to help make the poses feel more comfortable. I’d definitely recommend it if you are dealing with cramps.

Saturday, February 10

3.1 miles ~ 26:36 ~ 8:32 min/mile

If you haven’t already, check out my Valentine’s Day TC race recap for how my run on Saturday went! Since, it’s already out there, I won’t go over my race.

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But one thing that did change was that after the race, we decided not to go to the baby shower. It just wasn’t going to work timing-wise, which sucks but we’ll get to see them at another time. Originally, I was going to get out for my other four miles of pace work after the race since we weren’t going. But by the time we got back to the car, I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. I was pretty cold at that point from waiting for Mike to finish and I knew my body didn’t need another four miles. So I decided to give my body a little bit extra rest and do 20 minutes of core work and foam rolling instead.

Sunday, February 11

10 miles ~ 1:50:53 ~ 11:05 min/mile

Not only was Saturday cold, but so was Sunday. There was more wind Sunday morning and it wasn’t going to get above 0 with the windchill until the afternoon. So instead, I took my 10 mile run to the treadmill

I don’t know what it was, but I was just cranky before my run (sorry Mike!). I think that marathon training in the winter is really getting to me with how cold it’s been and how many longer treadmill runs I’ve had to do. I’m really looking forward to more spring-like weather so I don’t have to bundle up or take it to the treadmill.

But the treadmill run felt really good. I had a pretty slow mile 9 (close to a 12 minute mile) which I’m not sure what that was about. I was texting Mike so my watch might have been measuring that mile quite right. But I finished off with a speedy 10:20 final mile as I tried to do a little bit more of a push at the end. I didn’t mean to go that fast but it did feel like I pushed myself good at the end.

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And there’s week 6 of training! A bit more of a cutback than the plan called for but a pretty great week with a new PR! This coming up week, I’m upping the mileage across all my runs which should be interesting after cutting back on both my weekend runs this week.

How did your last week of training go? Let me know in the comments!