It’s been a busy two weeks and we’re now into the final month of training before the New Jersey Marathon! In some ways, it feels like I’ve been training forever, but in others, it feels like I have just started. After two months of pretty steady build up, these past two weeks have seen cut backs in my mileage and long runs – and it came at the perfect time! I’ve been having trouble with my shoulder and have gone back to physical therapy, so my gym workouts have been somewhat limited, but running has been going really well!

Week of March 19 – 25, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I went to the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. on March 24 to honor the lives lost at my alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As soon as I heard about the March, I knew I wanted to be a part of it, and it was a happy coincidence that it coincided with a huge cutback week. I drove up to Washington D.C. on a Friday, marched on Saturday, and drove home on Sunday, so my long run (10 miles) was done on Thursday and I didn’t run all weekend. Honestly? I was way less tired and sore after my 20 miler two weeks ago than I was after the March! As exhausting as it was, it was incredibly moving, positive, and healing. I was able to meet up with several other members of my graduating class and even see two of my most favorite teachers from my time there. Despite being one of the most emotional experiences of my life, it was also one of the best.

Workouts: 5 mile run, 6 mile run, 10 mile run.

With my classmates from 2004 and my favorite teacher from high school!

Week of March 26 – April 1, 2018

My schedule was a bit more normal this week and included 4 runs and one gym workout. I had great intentions of getting to the gym a second time, but Passover/Easter errands and weekend plans ended up putting the kibosh on that.  I was thrilled with my running this week:

  • 4 mile run – 9:18 pace
  • 6 mile run – 10:04 pace
  • 5 mile run – 9:17 pace
  • 14 mile run – 9:43 pace

I also had a really exciting gym workout! I can’t do any upper body work right now while I’m back in physical therapy, but I set a new deadlift PR – 185 pounds! It’s not a lot of weight in the big scheme of things, but given that my form and weakness in my back were so problematic a few months ago that I wasn’t allowed to use weight at all, it’s really exciting to see this kind of progress now.

Of course, we had a great but busy weekend celebrating Passover and Easter – including our foster son’s very first easter egg hunt!

“I’m the best at Easter!”

What’s Next?

I’ve got three weeks of long runs left before the race – 18 miles, 20 miles, and 12 miles. I tend to prefer a shorter taper, so it will only be two weeks long. The marathon itself is April 29! I have still been feeling good and am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather for the rest of my training runs and the race! This will be the first training cycle in years (and actually maybe ever? I don’t remember) that I will do two 20 milers. Previously, my back has never been up to the task. Here’s hoping that the next few weeks will help me get even stronger before marathon day!

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