Well, week four of marathon training has come and gone, and as expected; it was mostly gone. I didn’t hit the scheduled 42 miles on the plan for this week, which wasn’t much of a surprise. I knew this would be an off-week for two reasons. For one, the week should have started with a five-mile run, but instead I had a half marathon on the calendar for Sunday, which meant a rest day the following day. The half marathon was in California, which involved a two-hour time change and four-hour flight home the following day.
Second, I knew my training would fall off for the latter half of the week because I was planning a bridal shower for my beautiful soon-to-be daughter-in-law, and knew I would be tied up with last-minute planning by the end of the week. Did I mention I’m The Great Procrastinator? To complicate things further, the entire week has remained brutally humid, with a few torrential downpours in the mix. I (ever so briefly) entertained the thought of some midweek dreadmill runs, but never made it down there because of everything else I had going on.
So lackluster as it was, here is the week in review:
Sunday, 7/16: Half marathon along the beautiful Destination Races Wine Country Napa to Sonoma course. My first three miles were faster than my usual by about a minute per mile, but then my pace fell off as the temperature continued to rise. Happy as always just to finish, you’ll hear no complaints from me ~ especially about a race where there’s wine at the finish!
Monday, 7/17: An early morning wakeup call was on the calendar for today. Car rental return and a four-hour flight back to Chicago made for an eight-hour travel day. ‘Nuff said.
Tuesday, 7/18: 5 mile recovery run. Slow and easy is an understatement. Oh, that humidity!
Wednesday, 7/19: Zero
Thursday, 7/20: Zilch
Friday, 7/21: Nada
Saturday, 7/22: Another steamy 5 miles. A little better on the pacing despite the humidity. I think I just wanted it to be over!
So overall, I wouldn’t call this a horrible week with a total of 23 miles completed. Did I meet the scheduled mileage on the training plan for the week? Not even close. But starting the week with a half marathon will allow me (in my mind!) to call the rest of the week a recovery week. Looking forward to some (slightly) better temperatures this week with hopefully a break in the humidity. Seriously, it’s been brutal!
How is your fall race training going? Do you stick to a strict training plan, or adjust as you go along?