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Week 4 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training

Well, that week was a BUST. Here’s what was on the schedule:

Sunday –  Rest Day
Monday – 3 Mile Recovery
Tuesday – 3 Mile Warm Up / 8 Mile Hard / 2 Mile Cool Down
Wednesday – 4 Mile Recovery
Thursday – 3 Mile Warm Up / 6 Mile Hard / 2 Mile Cool Down
Friday – 3 Mile Recovery
Saturday – Rest

Here’s what went down. After my awesome long run last weekend, I was so tired all week. I don’t know if it was the long run that did me in or the unseasonably warm weather we were having all last week, but I couldn’t get my legs to go fast for the life of me. Pretty much every run felt like I was in quick sand and I couldn’t snap out of it.

Sunday I took a rest day like planned. Monday I ran 5 miles at 8:00 pace, which wasn’t too bad but it was really hot. Normally, I don’t mind the warmer weather, but 100 degrees is just about 5 degrees too hot for me to run in. Tuesday I went out to do my tempo… and ended up with 3 measly miles. So that was disappointing, but I knew it had to do with the heat. Wednesday, I got in a whopping 3.5 miler at 8:05 pace… which again, less mileage than I needed, but this was actually the hottest day of the week. Thursday and Friday finally started to cool down. Thursday I ran with Mary Kate and it was fun to run with her again. I relaxed and felt better this run. Our schedules to run weren’t working out lately, so it was fun to catch up. We planned on doing our last longer run together the following morning and we got to see an amazing sunrise :)

Running in the Long Beach MarinaI was thinking of doing a 13 miler this weekend, but ended up with a 10 miler and called it a day. I stopped by a {new to me} place on my way home for an Acai bowl, like I had in Hawaii last October and it was SO good. I took some time to eat it there and just relax. I thought about my upcoming race the following weekend. I have been a bundle of nerves, which is so unlike me. Necktar Tropical Bowl

Saturday morning I went for a 3 mile run that was actually the best run of the week. I didn’t feel super lethargic and my legs didn’t feel like logs. Then it was a big day as we were out at CIF Prelims ALL DAY LONG. I cannot handle the anxiety I get when my team races. Luckily, both our 800 runner and our 4×4 team qualified to run again this weekend! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see the 4×4 run as they won’t run until late Saturday night, but I can see our 800 runner race before I head up to Ventura for the race!

lakewood-cif-boys-teamIt was a stressful day on my little heart, but they did great and hopefully next weekend they will inspire me for my race on Sunday! The weather is looking awesome for race day, so I’m really happy it won’t be blazing hot like it has been and hopefully it stays relatively like it’s projected.

weatherAnnnnnnd my new shoes came… Just in time for race day! The same shoes I’ve been running in since Kswiss discontinued my shoe. They will only have about 20 miles on them come Sunday, so they’ll be perfect for race day. They look so bright and fresh before I run in them. I wish they would stay so clean!

saucony-marathon-shoes-guide-7Looking back this week wasn’t a complete bust. It was just an off week. I got new shoes and my kids get to race another week. One more week until Race Day!


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