Nothing too exciting this week. No monster hilly trail runs, no crazy fast speed work, no stellar race report. No pictures. Just a solid week of mileage, capped by my first 20.
My monster month for
this cycle (weeks 2-6 before race day) meant 40-43 miles per week. Not a
lot for marathon training, but considering my last 4 months of reduced
running, a very solid base of mileage. The good news is the injury
problems are 99% gone. I'm running without the knee strap, and not
feeling any abnormal pain (just the normal fatigue and aches). I'm
guessing my knee problem was just tendonitis, and eventually got better
with more rest. Yay.
So this week I did 7 on Tuesday and
felt good. Last 4 miles at sub 8 pace. Then 8 on Thursday on my hilly
course and felt really good. Averaged 8:10 with the last 4 at 7:49.
Saturday was 6 easy, at 8:22 pace, but I felt a bit tired, and a little
worried about 20 on Sunday.
Sunday was LA Marathon day,
and the 1-year anniversary of my BQ run there last year. I watched the
start on TV and got psyched up, then let the DVR catch the rest and
headed out for 20. I wore my Boston race day outfit, black shorts, black
singlet. Perfect weather, 50-55, overcast skies, no wind. I can only
hope Boston will be so nice.
Plan was to go easy for the
first 7 and ramp up to pace, then find a good cruising pace for the last
13 at the beach, and hope it was close to 8 minute pace. I expected
8:05-8:10 would be reasonable and I hoped to not die at the end.
First 7 went to plan - felt pretty good. 858, 907, 842, 829, 819, 830 up the hill, 815 down to the beach.
I found my groove and cruised. 804, 756, 819 (had to go through a soft
sand detour here), 757, 753, 749, 754, 752, 748, 802, 755, 801, 804.
BOOM! 2:43:55, 8:12 pace, last 13 at 7:57
pretty darn spiffy at the end. I faded a little, and thought about
pushing it to get every split under 8, but sensibly decided that was
silly and would be better off relaxing and maintaining effort. Yet the
pace did not drop much at all, and I could have kept going! So I
finished very, very encouraged and excited for race day! Even started
considering I may have a shot at getting a BQ in Boston if conditions
are good. I didn't think I would be making so much progress after my
December and January. I even did a Bangle Pump during my cool down walk.
Life is good!
my recovery, ice bath and shower, I settled in to watch the LA
marathon, and got excited all over again. Ready to be out there doing
that marathon thing!