Marathon Monday: Week 16

Week 16 is over which means I am less than 2 weeks from my first marathon! It’s it so interesting how time sometimes feels like it is moving in slow motion, but looking back, it always seems like it flew right by. I remember starting this training plan and not being able to imagine completing all of those miles, and getting through the hard workouts. Now here I am in the taper, wondering how 16 weeks have flown by. Here are the previous recap posts if you want to check any of them out: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4,Week 5,Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11, Week 12, Week 13/14, and Week 15.

Monday was a cross-training day, which I definitely slacked on. I was rather tired from the 20 miler the day before, and I had to lead 4 human subject tests, which just drained all of my energy. Dustin and I decided to go to the local bar for their $5 burger deal–delicious and cheap. 🙂

Tuesday had 5 miles on the schedule. I am taking a Personal Trainer course at our university gym, and it lasts until 6:15. As soon as I was done with that, I went home and took off for my run. I took it nice and easy: average heart rate was 149 bpm with a pace of 10:59.  Side note: I am thinking about doing posts about what I’m learning in my Personal Trainer course. Is that something that any of you would be interested in? Most of it is not focused on running, just general exercise science so far.

On Wednesday, I was scheduled to run 6 miles. I had a busy day, and then we had friends coming over for drinks in the evening, so when I got home from campus I had to clean up the house. I went for a quick run before our friends came over, but only got 3 miles in. We had pizza and wine with our friends, and after they left, I went out for my other 3 miles. I ran 1.5 and then stopped at home to grab Nova for the last 1.5. I was surprised that I actually didn’t feel too bad, and was happy to get my full workout in for the day.

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A little spread out, but I got it done! 🙂

Thursday was supposed to be 5 miles again, but I decided to make it a rest day. I was running a Ragnar Trail race on Friday-Saturday, and I usually like to take the day before races off. It also would have been tough to fit a run in because we had to leave immediately after my regular Thursday meeting to drive to Chicago.

Friday was a day I had been looking forward to for the past few months: Ragnar Trail Northwoods. I will create an entire post about this event later in the week, but basically, you have a team of 8 people who each run 3 separate trail loops. The loops are green (3 miles), yellow (4.6 miles), and red (7.6 miles)–although we did find out that they were all slightly longer than listed. I was the anchor of our team, mostly because no one else wanted to be, and the order of my loops was yellow, green, red. I ran the yellow loop around 8 pm on Friday (yes, it was dark!). The green loop was technically on Saturday, starting at 4 am (another run in the dark!). My last loop, the treacherous red loop, started at noon. We finished the race in just under 24 hours, and had a blast.

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Our team after finishing the event!

Overall, this week was great! It was the first week of my taper, so no excessively long run, and the weekend full of trail running was a lot of fun! I completed 27 miles this week–my first week under 30 in quite awhile! I’m sure my legs will appreciate this cut back as I approach Chicago in just two weeks. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Marathon Monday: Week 16

  1. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Congrats on making it to taper! My favorite part of marathon training 😉 Glad your Ragnar went well!! Sounds like fun

    It’s interesting to me how different people’s HR zones are. In order for me to get the average HRs you mention on here, in this weather, I would have to practically walk. But I also once saw a comment from someone that 179 was a normal running HR for them (!). Then again, I also use a wrist-based HR monitor and those are known to not be as accurate as the chest ones; I also haven’t had the professional tests done for HR zones, so who knows if the ones I use from that internet formula are even right.

    PS – good call making the switch to WordPress. It’s what all the cool kids are doing 😉

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    1. If I run at the speed I’m comfortable at, my HR is typically rather high too. In the trail half I did a few weeks ago, my average HR was 185! I notice some people saying their average HR for runs is ~140! What! I would absolutely have to walk to get my HR that low. I haven’t decided if I am really into HR training or not, but I do notice that I am not tired/sore at all after running with a low HR, so I think it’s good for keeping easy runs easy. I was happy to move to WordPress–I’ve been meaning to do it for awhile, but I kept putting it off. I love the look for WordPress blogs! 🙂

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