There are some blog-related changes coming up here (namely, more frequent, more varied, and less Holly-centric posts), but first, let’s do some Weekly Workout Rounding-Up. These are mostly for me, anyway – and apparently you guys like them, too, because they tend to get lots of Comments. Anyway, how did my workouts look pre-Marathon week? Let’s hop back to the end of August:
Monday (Aug. 19): Run (1.5 mi)
I met a client for a side-by-side treadmill run. But she had arrived at the gym early, and was halfway done by the time I joined. I ran with her until the end of her workout, then we did some stretching together. By the time that was done, I was hungry and didn’t feel like hopping back on the treadmill. I called 1.5 miles good for the evening, and rewarded myself by using the escalator instead of the stairs.Tuesday: Run (4.1 mi)
I met another client for an early morning run. Many of my training plans include once-per-month telephone consults, and I offer my local clients the chance to substitute a run together for a phone call. This is useful in many ways – and just a little bonus for my locals! Depending on the pace and distance, I don’t always include these in my training tally, but this was a taper week, so every mile was going in – including these four!
I came home and had these for lunch. In fact, I had this for lunch almost every day this week:
Wednesday: Yin Yoga
I was hoping for some hip stretching; instead, Joyce had a class full of back stretches planned. I still left feeling relaxed and calm.
Dear Alan: Sorry I skipped your spin class. But leg resting, and all that jazz.
Thursday: Run (3.9 mi)
I wanted to get my legs moving before boarding my flight to Perth – so I ran 10 min easy/10 min tempo/10 min easy. This was enough to get everything flowing, but not so much that I exhausted myself. In the afternoon, I was PERTH-BOUND!!!!
Friday: Walking around Freemantle
Sightseeing report pending. But we saw dolphins, got shipwrecked, and went to jail. It was an exciting day.
Saturday: Shake-out run (2.5 mi)
Grace & I couldn’t stop exclaiming, “It’s so COOL! It’s so NICE! This weather is AWESOME!!!!!!!” We ran along the Swan River, which would be part of the course the following day. Only difference was that we were on the pedestrian path, and on Sunday, the road would be closed for us. Yippee!!
Sunday: Perth Marathon (26.2 mi)
Along with the stretching and rolling I did, my weekly workout time was 7 hrs, 15 min (although 3 hrs, 30 min without the marathon!). This was a smidge light for a pre-race week: I’d planned to drop my mileage to about 50% (20-25 miles) the week before the race, but instead only ran about 12 miles. [However, if I counted the previous Sunday’s run, which was technically part of the “week before”, then I was at 17 miles.] Honestly, though, I wasn’t too fussed. I’d already put in my training, so my goals for the week were to keep moving, but not get too tired or injured. And I succeeded.
A quick word about pre-marathon food – I trained just fine on my normal diet, so I didn’t plan to change much in the week before. I think the biggest changes were that I didn’t buy any Pringles the week before the marathon, and did made sure to eat 3 full meals each day (sometimes I just snack through lunch). Toast was a popular breakfast that week, and nachos were common for lunch. Dinners were starch + protein + veggies; and since KMN was out of town, they were often thrown together at the last minute. Like I said – I eat pretty well on a regular basis, and didn’t see any need to change a solid system that worked well during training.
Finally, in the days leading up to a big-effort workout or race, hydration is very important:
And with that, I’m outta here. Final post-marathon thoughts, post-marathon Workout Round-Up, and a report from last Sunday’s 10K + Stair Climb race all coming soon!
Finish this sentence: “My dream nachos would be topped with ___________________________?”
[See above photo for my answer.]
[Huh? You don’t dream about nachos? What’s wrong with you?!?]
What are your tips/tricks for staying hydrated?
[This isn’t a problem for me, but I have clients who struggle to drink enough during the day. I’m always looking for more helpful suggestions to provide to them!]