Monday: TRX class. It's always a good sign when the trainer announces the name of the workout is 'The Puke Maker'. Really tough. I had a feeling I would pay for the pistol squats on Tuesday and Wednesday - doesn't seem to matter how often I do those, I'm always in pain for days afterwards.
|New shoes! Finally my shoe model comes in a not boring colour!|
7k at lunch to get up to 16k total on the day. Somehow I was way more tired and sore Tuesday night than I was Saturday after running 33k. I would even say I was more sore than after Around the Bay! The TRX/double run combo was deadly.
|Still no leaves on the trees, but the sunshine was glorious.|
|Waterfront trail/Bayfront park. I love that I have these places accessible from work!|
Crashed HARD at around 8:30 and was fast asleep by 9. All the training caught up to me all at once, I think. I'm taking that as a sign I'm about ready for the taper.
Friday: Rest day. Legs finally felt back to normal, which is good, because Saturday's run was scheduled to be a long one.
Saturday: Last really long LSD for this training cycle (next week's 20k suddenly seems almost short). 36k with Amy and Patty. I know 36k is a bit longer than is usually recommended for the longest marathon training run, but I think the mental benefits of running that far once outweigh the physical drawbacks of doing such a long run in training. Just knowing that I can get that close to the full distance makes me fell more confident.
|Patty, Amy, me, looking entirely too good after running THIRTY SIX km. THIRTY SIX. Yeah, I have to say that in all caps.|
|Giving Patty her gift. Seriously, we look way too good here. Really, we did run 36k before this, I swear. (thanks Amy for the picture)|
Sunday: Recovery run. Super easy 8k. Down by the lake because that is my happy place, just me and my tunes and a gazillion other runners/walkers/cyclists out enjoying the day. At one point I totally zoned out and then next thing I knew it was 3k later and I was almost done the run! Love when that happens!
|Cloudy and windy, but still a great day because NOT SNOWING.|
Now to taper! Admittedly this upcoming week still has 58k on the schedule, but with the longest run being 'only' 20k it feels like a nice break. Not gonna lie, this week was exhausting, and I'm glad the training peak is over. My right knee was also a bit sore after Sunday's run - not enough to make me worry, but enough to make me pay attention. It felt better after a walk to the park with the kids, but I'm still glad Monday is going to be a rest day. At this point the tough training is done and it's all about staying/getting healthy for the race, so if I end up with a few unplanned rest days to make sure all is well, I'm OK with that.