Eau Claire Marathon Training Week 17

Week two of taper and now the mileage goes down a lot more! No more double digit runs and my long run is only eight miles. But it’s been gorgeous in St. Paul and I’m excited to get out for all the miles that I get to run. So let’s get into this week of training!

Monday, April 23

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Cross-training day with spin class and two strength training sessions again! It was gorgeous outside so I was a little bit sad to be cross-training instead of running. But I did get in a long walk in the morning with Vinnie and a walk during my lunch break. It was amazing to come out of the gym to sunshine and weather warm enough to drive home with the windows down.

Tuesday, April 24

4 miles ~ 41:40 ~ 10:17 min/mile

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Hill repeats earlier in the week this time but it was cutback to a four mile run this week. The taper magic was really working for me this day because it felt so easy even going faster than race pace. I looked down at my watch towards the end of my final mile and was so surprised to see a 10:09 pace at the end. 10:09!

Wednesday, April 25

6 miles ~ 1:03:39 ~ 10:36 min/mile

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Sunny and gorgeous for a run after work! It was pretty easy except for a steep incline that was rough after I turned around. I normally haven't been running up it because of how icy the sidewalks were over the winter so I foolishly decided to attempt it on a warm, sunny day. Without carrying water because I forgot they haven’t turned on the fountains yet.

Thursday, April 26

4 miles ~ 41:18 ~ 10:19 min/mile

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Taper magic continues (although I did work on slowing down after my first mile was 10:12)! My last (and slowest) mile was 10:23 but the entire run felt nice and easy. It’s strange think this was my last Thursday run of this training cycle and I’ll be off of work next Thursday!

Friday, April 27

Rest day so lots of walking (just over 6 miles according to my watch) and yoga! My back has been feeling tight lately, probably because I spend so much time working on a computer, so I did a video focused on the lower back and hips. It was nice and easy, not difficult positions to get into and it felt amazing. I really felt some of the tension on my back go away once I was done.

Saturday, April 28

4 miles ~ 40:56  ~ 10:13 min/mile

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Since there was a race going on where I normally run (the Get in Gear 10K and Half which I ran in 2016), I decided just to run from our apartment. It was sunny (but a little bit chilly at first) and another great run!

Sunday, April 29

8 miles ~ 1:25:12 ~ 10:38 min/mile

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This was the last long run before Eau Claire Marathon! It felt really good, although I had a little bit of pain in my knee that went away as soon as I slowed down a little. Plus, Mike joined me on his bike so I wasn’t running on my own.
 

And there’s the penultimate week of marathon training done! I only have three runs this week before the race, nine miles total. Let me know how your last week of training went in the comments.