Last Thursday marked one month until the Hamilton Marathon. All I'm doing right now is eating, sleeping, breathing running. I'm in compression socks most days. In fact, I've been strategically wearing pants to work over skirts, for this reason. Week 19 (this week) is peak week. I have a 35km run planned on Saturday and then TAPER TIME 🙌🏼. Before I get too ahead of myself, here's what went down last week. Week 18
Monday: Planned - Rest
Actual - Rest. After 33km on Saturday and 10km recovery on Sunday, my legs were ready for a rest day.
Tuesday: Planned - 15km with strides
Actual - 15@5:35 with strides in final 6km. I ran along the Rideau Canal. The mornings are getting cooler and darker and I was noticing many trees turning colour. Legs were feeling good!
Wednesday: Planned - 15km with 5km progression then 6x800m @3:30
Actual - 15@5:25 with 5km progression: (1) 5:33 (2) 5:20 (3) 5:04 (4) 5:04 (5) 5:00 then 6x800m: 3:27, 3:31, 3:33, 3:32, 3:34, 3:30.
This run was hard. I wasn't feeling it to begin with, but got myself out the door. I wish I could say I got more into it as the kilometres ticked off, but it was a bit of a struggle. Despite this, I was determined to get 'er done. I know the workouts this week and next are crucial. I will think back to them when things get hard on race day.
Thursday: Planned - 10km easy
Actual - 11km@5:50
Friday: Planned - Rest
Actual - Rest
Saturday: Planned - 26km with last 10km progression down to 5:00
Actual - (1) 6:07 (2) 6:00 (3) 5:49 (4) 5:52 (5) 5:50 (6) 5:46 (7) 5:49 (8) 5:49 (9) 5:46 (10) 5:39 (11) 5:41 (12) 5:36 (13) 5:36 (14) 5:27 (15) 5:41 (16) 5:39 (17) 5:22 (18) 5:30 (19) 5:20 (20) 5:33 (21) 5:27 (22) 5:24 (23) 5:16 (24) 5:15 (25) 4:54 (26) 4:36
One of best friend's birthday was during the day, so I was out the door before 6:00am to make sure I was ready in time. I've recently been doing my long runs earlier than usual and I'm loving it! I'm finding my fuelling is working well, as it's a similar timing as my weekday schtick. If I leave too late, I struggle a bit with blood sugar, etc.
Fuel: Coffee before; Nocciola Hammer gel @ 12.5 km.
Sunday: Planned - 10km recovery
Actual - 10km@6:07
Bring on PEAK WEEK.