Monday, April 9, 2018

Grandma's Marathon Training: Week 8 Recap

Disclaimer:  I am running Grandma's Marathon in June as a BibRave Pro, which means my entry fee was covered for me. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!  

Last week was a little bit of a shit show right off the bat with Easter.  I thought I was all good with making up Sunday's run on Tuesday last week but that was the least of it.

I was done with prednisone on Monday and as the week progressed, I was feeling worse.  I was coughing up green stuff, and my right side and back were increasingly painful with cough, which was constant. I had a fever on Thursday and by Friday at lunch, I was done.  I took PPL for the afternoon, went home and had a glorious hours-long nap.  I went back to the doctor late Friday afternoon and was given some Augmentin to hopefully clear up whatever was growing in my lungs.

Friday night, I was helping my son get his pajamas on when there was a weird crunch sound and I was on my back in pain.  I woke up Saturday and my back was still out of whack so I skipped my run.   I ran yesterday with a lot of discomfort.

Today my back feels better, but my side rib cage is still pretty sore.  My boss (a MD) is thinking that my intercostal muscles along my right side are strained from all of the coughing.  FUN!

Add to all of the above, we had crazy weather last week, which included SNOW and temperatures in the teens!  Ah...the Wisconsin spring :)

Sunday, April 1
Plan Says:  Easy 6 miles

What I did:  0 miles
In all the Easter excitement, my kids were up all night, which meant my husband and I were up all night and then up early to hunt for baskets which meant no early morning run for me.  I knew that if I didn't get it in early, chances were slim that I would get it in at all due to the holiday happenings so I took the rest day and planned to do the easy 6 on my usual rest day (Tuesday).

Monday, April 2
Plan Says: 6 x 800, with 400 meter recovery in between and 1 mile warm up and cool down

What I did: The workout.  My kids were on spring break which meant that they were at my in-laws and thus coming home later than usual.  I took the opportunity to do this in the daylight vs. dark morning hours.  My legs were feeling good due to the unplanned rest day the day before!

My goal time for 800m (0.50 miles) is 3:05, but I wanted to try to do them faster.

1.35 mile warm up, 10:13 (7:33 avg pace)

1.   2:54.9 (5:51 avg pace) / recovery: 0.25 miles,  (8:08 avg pace)
2.   2:53.7 (5:48 avg pace) / recovery: 0.25 miles,  (8:27 avg pace)
3.   2:54.7 (5:50 avg pace) / recovery: 0.25 miles,  (8:28 avg pace)
4.   2:53.0 (5:46 avg pace) / recovery: 0.25 miles,  (8:39 avg pace)
5.   2:53.9 (5:47 avg pace) / recovery: 0.25 miles,  (8:51 avg pace)
6.   2:57.8 (5:56 avg pace)

1.75 mile cool down, 14:22 (8:13 avg pace)

Tuesday, April 3
Plan Says: Off

What I did:  6.2 miles, 51:37 (8:19 avg pace)

Wednesday, April 4
Plan Says: 5 mile tempo, 1 mile warm up and cool down

What I did: TEMPO! While I would prefer to get this done in the morning, we had some crazy weather all night Tuesday night which led to icy conditions in the morning.  Thankfully, I could easily push this to the afternoon since my kids were not going to be home until 5 PM.

This run on paper looks good but it sucked.  I was dealing with cough/phlegm/snot the entire time where I would have to periodically stop to hack up a lung.  It seems like my cough gets worse as the day goes on as I don't really have these issues if I do morning runs.  Additionally, I could not find my pace for this and ended up going too fast.  Ah well.  They can't all be winners and this really was the first "bad" workout of the cycle so far.  I'm sure it won't be the last either.

1.02 mile warm up, 7:57.8
5 mile tempo, 32:48 (6:33 avg pace)  Mile splits:  6:36, 6:31, 6:40, 6:24, 6:36
1.01 mile cool down, 8:24.8

Thursday, April 5
Plan Says: easy 5 miles

What I did:  5.3 miles.  43:19 (8:11 avg pace)
I felt totally fine for this.  No cough, no snot, no phlegm.

Friday, April 6
Plan Says: easy 6 miles

What I did:  6.2 miles, 50:59 (8:13 avg pace)
This run was so difficult.  I felt like crap and more than once thought that I should just stop but I kept going to get the workout done.

Saturday, April 7
Plan says: long 10 miles

What I did:  0.  See above story with my back.  

Weekly Total
Plan says: 41 miles
What I did: 32.08  Such a bummer that I missed the long run, because I was on track for a 42 mile week!

No comments:

Post a Comment