Eau Claire Marathon Training Week 18

It’s here, the final week of tapering and race day! So let’s just get into it!

Monday, April 30

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One last day of cross-training and I went into it feeling great! My allergies have started to kick in, along with the no caffeine, so I was worried I’d be too tired to do spin class. But I had a burst of energy before the gym and felt great through my strength training workouts and spin class.

Tuesday, May 1

3 miles ~ 32:07 ~ 10:40 min/mile

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Even though I had a great cross-training day, my legs felt so heavy on this run. And they didn’t feel like that during the work day so I’m not sure what was going on. I did get in a short yoga session after this run even though I didn’t have much time since I went to a gnome painting class that night. I had about an hour to stretch, shower and eat before I needed to head out and somehow I got it all in!

Wednesday, May 2

4 miles ~ 42:30 ~ 10:36 min/mile

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My legs felt so much better on this run. I had originally thought about doing hill repeats but once I got out of work (it was my last day before the marathon) I just wanted to run through the park. So I just went on an easy run and enjoyed the sunshine and warmth.

Thursday, May 3

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Rest day number one and I had a busy day even though I wasn’t working! I did a 60 minute Runners Love Yoga video after my morning walk with Vinnie and then headed out to run errands (including grocery shopping). Then, after I packed part of my stuff for the marathon, Vinnie and I headed to Minnehaha Falls for a walk. I haven’t walked down there (even though we’ve lived in St. Paul for almost four years) and it was gorgeous. Vinnie loved it and he was so exhausted afterwards. We also got in our nap for the day (and Vinnie continued to sleep throughout the rest of the afternoon).

Friday, May 4

Second rest day but we were busy with Mike’s sister’s college graduation. Vinnie and I got in a long walk in the morning along with an energizing morning yoga video. Even with all the driving, I still hit my 10,000 step goal for the day!

Saturday, May 6

2 miles ~ 20:36 ~ 10:16 min/mile

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Shakeout run day! Two quick miles before the marathon and my body felt great! Legs were moving fluidly, no strange aches or pains. The plan for the rest of the day is to travel to Eau Claire, head to the expo, get some dinner and relax.

Sunday, May 7

26.2 miles ~ 4:55:05 ~ 11:16 minutes/mile

I officially have a new marathon PR! Look for my race recap later in the week.