Marathon Training: Week 9

I spent the first few days of this week just tired. Not so much sore, but just sapped of energy. My first run, everything felt flat. That 20-mile run from the previous week just seemed to have sucked some of my life force away and it took a bit to replenish it. Just depleted. It was a new experience for me.

But the show must go on.

Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 6 miles recovery. I cruised around the neighborhood and picked up a road or two on CityStrides. I stopped to let some chickens cross the road. Why were they crossing, anyway?

It's a picture of some chickens crossing a road.
Look at all those chickens!

Wednesday: 6 miles easy with a few strides on the track. Things are loosening up.

Thursday: Ran an out-and-back for today’s 14-mile medium long run. There’s a spot with access to the river and a boat launch that I don’t think I had ever been to before, so I decided to go down there and check it out. I bombed down a really steep hill and just held on for dear life. I got to the river and took a couple of photos before heading back. On the way back up that hill, I thought it would be fun to sprint a portion of it just to see how high I could get my powermeter wattage. That was only fun for a couple of seconds, and then things started feeling grim. I slowly jogged up to the top of the hill and just as I crested I ran into my daughter’s math teacher. I tried to maintain my composure but I probably looked like I had just crawled out of the river. She smiled anyhow.

View from the banks of the Kenai River.
This is where all the fish live.

Friday: Rest.

Saturday: 6.2 recovery/easy for the most part, but did crank out a hard half-mile Strava segment (1 second away from the crown!), and then a few strides later on.

Sunday: By Sunday, I was clearly recovered from the previous week’s long run, which was evident in today’s long run with goal marathon power. Overall, it was a 16-mile long run with 12 miles at marathon power. I managed to stay right in my self-prescribed power zone, which lined up a little bit faster than what I’m expecting for my marathon pace. If this run is an indication of what my actual marathon race day will look like, I’m really happy with my results.

Totals for the week: 48.28 miles / 7 hours, 9 minutes

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