CHOOSING A MARATHON AND 20 MILES!

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There’s no other way to slice it – this week was my biggest and best yet of this marathon training cycle! I ran my first 20 miler of the cycle and chose my race, too!

Monday – 6 miles: After several big weeks in a row (including last weekend’s 18 miler), I was worried that my body would feel as exhausted as it had been for awhile. Thankfully, my Air Relax boots came on Friday afternoon, just in time to use after my long run! Is it a coincidence that my legs felt downright springy and raring to go on Monday? Maybe. But either way, I felt awesome, and every step of my 6 miles felt absolutely easy. Overall pace – 9:30.

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Tuesday – 4 miles: I might hate running in the morning, but I can’t complain about Tuesday’s run. Four happy miles at 9:54 pace and my legs still felt good!

Wednesday – gym: My shoulder has been bothering me a lot, so my gym time has been mostly focused on lower body. I did lots of the not-so-fun stuff, like crab walks with a resistance band and a bunch of sumo squats with the kettlebell. I think that strengthening my glutes has been one of the most helpful things that I’ve been doing this cycle, and I think it’s part of why my back isn’t bothering me yet.

Thursday – 5 miles: Thursday’s run looked a lot like Tuesday’s – early morning and feeling good! My pace was 9:55 and with that, my weekday runs were done.

Friday – gym: I hit a deadlift PR on Friday! My deadlifts are pretty pitiful, but the fact that I can do them at all is a victory. Last year, my back was not in a place where I could do them safely and with the right form. This time, I did 3 sets of 5 at 155 pounds. Apparently, my goal is “supposed” to be twice my body weight, but I literally laughed at the gym trainer who told me that. Yeah…I’ve got a ways to go.

Saturday – OFF: Soccer games and yardwork and errands, oh my! Saturday was my off day in preparation for a Sunday long run.

Sunday – 20 miles: Bobbi came up to do my long run this weekend! And it was…awesome. Definitely my best 20 miler since my back surgery (in terms of how I felt – I have no idea about pace) and maybe one of my best ever! Bobbi said it was the strongest she had ever seen on a long run. Our pace was exactly 10:00, which is great! Of course, I was ready to be done at the end, but it was super encouraging and I’m feeling more and more ready for race day!

giphySpeaking of race day…I finally chose a race! I will be heading to the New Jersey Marathon on April 29th, and Bobbi will be running with me again. I am super excited to check off another state and can’t wait to see what I can do on the course! I am not sure yet exactly what my goals are, but I have some time to think about it. For now, I just want to stay strong and healthy!

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