Training: Week 9

So we are now officially halfway!

9 weeks down, 9 to go.

Although this week is classed as a stepback week, it wasn’t all that much easier than the week before. In fact the midweek longer run and the Saturday run both went up in distance to 9 miles! The only thing that was shorter was the Sunday run which came down from 17 to 12.

There wasn’t really much to report from the 4 mile and 9 mile mid-week runs. I decided that for the Thursday cycle though I would “give it the beans” as for the previous couple of weeks I had just been ambling about and not getting a great workout from it.

This proved to be a bit of a mistake, as although I got a great workout in and averaged nearly 20mph, even with two stops to turn around, I re-injured my back and hip. I didn’t realise it at the time and it was only on Friday afternoon that I started to feel a bit tight.

Fortunately I was able to alleviate most of the tightness with some good stretching before my weekend runs. The first of which was 9 miles. The plan said for this to be at marathon pace, so I knew I had to go out reasonably fast, however, there was a cold front coming through and when I got up at 4AM on Saturday morning it was blowing 25mph+ and raining. I was not hopeful of a good run!

In the 45 mins it took to get ready the rain went away, which helped! The best thing about the cold front was the fact the temperature was in the low 70’s with low humidity instead of the usual mid-80’s with humidity making it feel like 90+. All this combined led me to record a faster than marathon pace time, and looking at the data from the Heart Rate Monitor, I wasn’t killing myself to do it. My heart rate was constantly below the maximum I can race at for long distance events (157). Needless to say I was pretty happy with that!

Sunday was more of the same once I actually got out running! Max was ill on Saturday night with a stomach bug, so  a disrupted night ensued and meant there was no way I was getting up at 4AM for a run! Luckily with the weather still being chilly it meant that I could go out about 7AM and it was still pleasant. I managed the 12 miles in almost exactly the same pace I completed the last marathon in, and my heart rate was well down on my limit, so I have to be happy with that.

It should be even cooler in Orlando in January, hopefully not as cool as last year, another 10 degrees would be nice though. So who knows what it will mean for the races?

Next week the “real” training begins with a weekend of 9 & 19m runs, the 19m will be completed in Miami as we will be there for the long weekend.

I think it probably also best if I make an appointment for the physio too!