Marathon Training: Week 15 of 20

So apparently the Market-to-Market was a little bit more difficult that I thought. My legs were HATING me all of last week for the most part, and I was struggling to get workouts in, struggling mentally, and honestly, feeling a little bit discouraged despite the fact that I have overall had a glorious training cycle so far. It is amazing how one thing not going as planned can really change your mind about how you are feeling.

The craziest part about that, was that I executed a long run MUCH faster than planned, and I was still completely freaked out that I was not going to make it. Sigh. Freak outs are likely to happen at least once or twice more before the big day.

SO because I was feeling it for most of last week, meaning my legs were not really having running, I modified the week a bit. BUT I still managed to accomplish what the goal for the week truly was... Here is the week in workouts.

Monday: 3 mile walk
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 5 mile progressive run (final mile - sub-8)
Thursday: 5 mile run
Friday: rest
Saturday 20 MILES! 8:21 average pace, 1.5 mile cooldown walk
Sunday: rest

Seriously. 20 miles at an 8:21 average pace.
Totals: 34.5 miles, one day crosstraining, 3 runs.

Not an overall great week, but I did manage to accomplish the big goal of the week, which was the 20 miler. I mentally needed to run 20 miles this weekend to show myself that I am still on track, despite how I might feel about this race.

I definitely need to write a post on my race goals, so except that coming in the next few weeks. I have a goal to write it before the race.

Do you tend to have routine freak outs prior to your own goal races (or your hobby's equivalent)?

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