Eau Claire Marathon Training Week 11

One more high mileage week coming up with fifty miles. This is my highest mileage week ever and March is also going to be my highest mileage month ever. No pace miles this week but every single run went up by a mile. Let’s get into it!

Monday, March 12

I wasn’t feeling too sore at work after Sunday’s 19 miles but that changed once I got into my cross-training workout. I really should have gone on the elliptical first to ease my body into working out but at least I know better for next time.

Monday strength training workout with Nuun hydration

I did the Glute and HIp Strength workout from the NTC app again and I’m still loving it. I just think my calves wouldn’t have cramped like they did if I had spent my time on the elliptical first before doing a strength training workout. But even without the cramps, it was a tough workout for only being bodyweight!

Tuesday, March 13

5 miles ~ 53:32 ~ 10:41 min/mile

The mileage is going up this week, a mile for every run. So I did 5 miles today for my hill repeats, 4 miles of hill repeats with ½ mile warmup and cooldown. It felt so awesome and my pace was pretty much even after the first mile which is surprising considering how sore I felt.

Tuesday hill repeat run

Speaking of soreness, I’m ramping up my stretching and foam rolling because I can tell I’ve got tightness in hips and along the IT band along with tight calves. Probably because I am running all of the hills. So after I did the Runners Love Yoga post-run flow, I spent a lot of time on the foam roller trying to hit those specific spots. And I’ll probably have to keep it going for the rest of training.

Wednesday, March 14

10 miles ~ 1:49:22 ~ 10:56 min/mile

If we get thrown back into winter again, my body is just going to revolt against me. Wednesday was sunny and almost fifty, just perfect running weather. I wore shorts and a long-sleeved shirt although I got a little warm by the halfway point. The puddles are also starting to go down a little which is amazing considering how much snow still has to melt.

Wednesday run

This run start out really good and I was feeling really good. And then on the last three miles, my calves just started hurting so much. Not quite cramping but just feeling rock solid. I’m guessing it’s because of the high mileage and hills since it was on the most uphill portions that I had problems. I even ended up stopping my watch so I could stretch out my calves with a mile left. So I for sure need to keep up all the foam rolling, stretching and yoga to keep my legs in marathon shape.

Thursday, March 15

5 miles ~ 53:15 ~ 10:38 min/mile

Thursday was another awesome run! I wore a skort (which was a little bit chilly at first) and it just felt amazing. I’m loving running in the sunshine after so much grey this winter. I had pretty much even splits for the first four miles (10:39, 10:40, 10:40 and 10:37) and even my last mile was pretty close at 10:32. Plus I ran into Mike and Vinnie during the last little bit and they ran with me.

Thursday Run

Afterwards, I did a quick core session and then followed it up with my post-run flow and foam rolling. My IT band area is still pretty tight when I roll out but neither it or my knees are bothering me on my runs which is a good sign. I just need to keep on these tight areas so they don’t cause problems since I’m so close to race day.

Friday, March 16

And the warm stretch continues! Well, relatively warm but it was in the low 40s again and sunny. Which after a long winter is warm. I took a nice walk mid-afternoon at work and it felt great to get outside after sitting at the computer. Vinnie and I got in a longer walk after work too so I could hit my 10,000 step goal. And I’ve met that goal everyday for the last four weeks (ever since I was sick with the flu).

Friday Yoga and Nuun

I did another yoga session after my walk with Vinnie, the Runners Love Yoga IT Band/Hips video which I did two weeks ago. I didn’t feel as tight as two weeks ago which is good because it means all the work I’m doing for recovery is working!

Saturday, March 17

10 miles ~ 1:47:00 ~ 10:41 min/mile

Another gorgeous day for a run! It was a little bit chilly at first but once I got going shorts with a t-shirt and jacket was the perfect thing to wear. It helped a ton that the path got much sunnier after the first mile.

Saturday Run

My run felt really good, even though I had a couple of miles right around race pace. But it also felt like a pretty flat run, at least compared to what I normally do, and the pace felt easy. I did a good foam rolling session at the gym and I’m continuing to feel the difference in my calves and IT band.

Sunday, March 18

20 miles ~ 3:37:34 ~ 10:52 min/mile

Another amazing long run and my first (of three) 20 mile runs for Eau Claire Marathon training! I got some stares from other runners for wearing shorts and a long sleeved shirt (not hat or gloves) in temperatures that started at 32 and went up to 40 by the end of my run. But it was the perfect thing to way, not to warm, not too cold.

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Last week, I added on some speed miles at the end of my long run but I decided not to for this one. I was debating before my run and decided I’d see how I felt by mile 16. And this high mileage was getting to my legs and I decided not to. My left knee (the one I fell on about a week before training started) was feeling a little tender and my right quad was doing this little twitch like it was going to start cramping up. So I wasn’t going to take any chances when my run was so great already.

For fun, I pulled my Strava data from my first 20 mile run of Twin Cities Marathon training and this run. The improvement I’ve made in my speed (and feeling strong on the run) is amazing over the last seven months!

 

And now I get a cutback week to recover a little! I have a meetup run with my fellow Twin Cities Nuunbassadors on Thursday and the Hot Dash 10 mile on Saturday so it will be a good week of recovery, racing and having fun!

How was your last week of training (or running or just living life)? Let me know in the comments!

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