Saturday, December 3, 2016

Marathon Training Week 6 - Longest Week Ever

As in my longest week mileage wise. I have never in my life run as many miles in a single week as this week.

Sunday - 16 miles @ 13:18

Buck in the battlefield


This run spanned a wide range of temperatures. I knew it was going to warm up, but if I don't get out and get my long run started early, it just trashes the rest of my day and I get nothing else accomplished. So I started in the cold at 7:30 AM. At 22°.

I wore my winter running tights, regular non-winter running socks, Under Armour half zip, Under Armour full zip jacket, silk glove liners, knit gloves, headband with ear covers and a thin skull cap.

Cold me before the run.


I started at the General Bragg trailhead and ran to the Stones River Battlefield. I took the trail to the Visitor's Center where I paused to use the restroom and refill my water bottle. Then I ran back through the battlefield on their paved road before heading back to General Bragg.

I was at mile 8 when I approached the trailhead. I initially thought I would drop my jacket when I passed back by my truck, but it was still around 34° and the only thing I'd removed was the knit gloves. I decided to run the Gateway Island trail (about a mile) before coming back by the truck and see if I wanted to remove anything in another mile.

I ran the Gateway Island trail counter-clockwise. I usually run it clock-wise when I run it. So when I was approaching the turn to go back to the General Bragg trailhead, I decided to turn to the right and run down the access trail. I figured it just was an access trail for a nearby neighborhood, and sure, it was that, but it ended at Medical Center Parkway which has a sidewalk.

I still wasn't warm enough to need to drop my jacket or even my skull cap, so I turned left and ran along the sidewalk. I ran through the streets of Murfreesboro for a bit before returning to the trail.

By mile 11, I finally started to warm up and pulled my skull cap.

I ran to the Old Stone Fort trailhead and popped in to use the restroom and refill my water bottle. There was some sort of gathering happening in the main shelter, but I didn't pause to figure out what it was and just blazed in and out.

I headed back to General Bragg. I was going to hit my truck right on target for 14 miles. I was originally scheduled for a 14 mile run. But I had less than a mile to go and I felt pretty good. So I began to consider bumping my mileage up to 16.

I had two issues. 1) My bluetooth earbud headset wasn't work anymore, so I wasn't getting any music. 2) I was getting warm and wanted to ditch my jacket. Both of these things could be fixed by dropping by my truck for a couple minutes. So I stopped at the truck, left my jacket and my non-working bluetooth headset and grabbed an old-fashioned pair of earbuds and headed north along the trail for another mile before turning back to get 16 total miles in.

I felt really good about doing the 16 miles. I hit my long run pace right on for the first 9 miles, then I had some faster miles while I was exploring and not paying as much attention to my pace. My heart rate was reasonable for the entire run.

I changed clothes, stretched out really well and stopped by Starbucks on the way home to get a celebratory frappuccino.


Monday - 4 miles @ 13:52



This was an easy run on the treadmill. Run/walk. I wasn't sure how things were going to feel after my 16 mile run the day before. My left ankle was locked up, so I was running a bit awkwardly for about 1/2 mile before it finally warmed up and unlocked. 59° in the room with the treadmill.

Tuesday - 5 miles @ 12:35

Most of the parks around have shut off their water fountains. River Park went so far as to remove theirs!


Tuesday, my tempo run day this cycle. I went to River Park where I do a lot of my tempo runs. But I didn't do my normal route. I crossed the street and ran around the path around the library, then back along my normal route for mile, but instead of turning south, I headed through the tunnel under Wilson Pike into Crockett Park and took a turn around the ball fields before heading back to my car.

I had a hard time getting motivated on this run. I was struggling to go as fast as my tempo pace. I normally have to hold myself back and often will end up with a negative split run because I give up after a few miles. Not this time. But it was a good run even so. Mid 60s with sun and breeze. I even got to wear shorts and a t-shirt instead of all bundled up!

Wednesday - 4 miles @ 13:52



Not much to say about this run. It was the exact same workout from Monday. No issues. Nothing to write home about.

Thursday - Hill Run - 5.5 miles



Things were going pretty well this week, so I felt energized when I headed out to do my hill run. It was chilly and windy. I ran over my lunch break, so I expected more sun, but most of my run was in the shade. I dressed for the temp in the sun with no wind. So...I was cold most of the time.

I pulled out a pair of lululemon Outrunner 17" crop pants for this run. They call the color Emperor Blue, but they're purple. A really beautiful shade. And these pants have pockets around the waist band similar to RaceReady, except much more hidden; less tutu-like. They also have a couple of pockets in the thigh, but on me, those are SO low as to hit the side of my knee, so not really good. I've worn them once before and was annoyed at them. But I wanted to give them another shot because they're so pretty and I love pockets. In fact, one of the waist pockets is the perfect size for my Moto X Pure phone.



So I pull them on, put my phone in the waist pocket and head out to run. And had a miserable time, clothes-wise. I was also wearing a shirt I hadn't worn before. A half-zip with mesh panels in it. That shirt wanted to ride up and the pants wanted to fall down. Not kidding. Those pants headed south with every single step. I was constantly yanking up on the pants, the waist band and the legs and pulling down on the shirt.

The crops are the same size as my winter running tights that I also got from lululemon. During my half marathon training, I dropped several pounds and toned up some. So I think I just don't fit into these. My winter tights are a little loose, but don't have a pocket big enough for my phone so they work just fine still as my phone goes in a flip belt instead.

I ordered another pair in a size 6 from eBay since lululemon doesn't sell them online in this color anymore. I really hope those work because I really like them. They're a gorgeous color and I like having my phone in a pocket that is secure, but easy to reach.

As for the ACTUAL run, :), I walked up the first hill, but did 30 second run, 75 second walk intervals up the other 3. Mistake. I should have walked more. I started feeling twinges in my right inner thigh before I got completely cooled down.

I pulled out StretchMax and did the 20 minute stretch routine before showering and getting back to work.

Friday - 3 miles @ 13:53



This was an easy run on the treadmill. Just 3 miles to finish out the week. With my leg showing signs of wear and tear, I dropped the incline back to 0. I usually run with a 1% incline, but didn't want to aggravate the leg if I could help it.

This run also ended a new running streak for me. I ran 10 out of the last 11 days. For a girl who never ran more than 3 times in a single week before this summer, that's saying something.

Weekly Stats


Training mileage: 37.5 miles
Training time: 8 hours 24 minutes

Total Mileage*: 40.4 miles
Total Time*: 9 hours 25 minutes
Elevation Gain:  1356 ft

* includes warm-up and cool-down

What's Next?


An easy week! I'm only scheduled for 4 days of running. I'm ready for it! I might even skip my long run and just do shorter runs this week. The weather looks gross for my long run day.

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