Spring 1/2 Marathon Training: Week 13 of 16

I originally thought I'd probably drop my mileage a bit this week following the race, but I recovered rather quickly, so I went with it.the deets: 45 miles. 5 total runs. 1 cross-training session. 1 strength training session. 1 Core workout. 1 professional deep tissue massage. 1 day of complete rest.

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MONDAY, MARCH 24: Complete rest day.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25: 6 easy recovery miles. 8:36 pace. Core and Strength Training. Legs felt significantly better today after resting yesterday. Starting to feel some spring in the legs again following the Andrew Jackson 1/2 marathon.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26: 6.16 miles. 8:32 pace.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27: Burt Yasso 800s workout. This was a good confidence booster. Did the workout with Beth and Audrey, who are both training for their spring marathon. (Beth for Boston, Audrey for Louisville). The.wind.was.brutalllll. Splits: 3:00, 3:01, 2:57, 2:56, 3:00, 2:59, 2:57, 2:55. Recovery was 3 min jog in between each. We did 8 repeats. This workout made Audrey and I think about our old high school track days (We've been running together since she was 14 and I was 17!) Here's a little throwback for ya. That's sweet little Audrey in front, and I'm the tall one in the back. We pretty much dominated West TN distance running ;)

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28: 55 minutes of easy spinning at the gym. Watched this interesting documentary about  Tom Shadyac, the producer of Ace Ventura, the Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, etc.

And then...2 o'clock hit and I could barely keep my eyes open. Meet my newest obsession.

20140327-140136.jpg SATURDAY, MARCH 29: 10 comfortable miles. 8:18 pace. Deep Tissue Massage. Slept in a bit (started our run at 7:30 rather than 5:30 ;) ) for which my body was thankful.  Wasn't the greatest of conditions (lotsa' wind and rain), but I will say this: I think if I would have switched my 10 miler to Sunday, and did my long run on Saturday, the 10 miler would probably have been more like a 6 miler. Glad I ran the 10 miler the day before.

It was a heck of a weekend of running for me.

After the rain run and before the massage, I scarfed down some brunch. Just take a look at that french toast piled with coconut butter, pb2, and cacao nibs.

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20140329-173117.jpgSUNDAY, MARCH 30: 15 miles. 7:51 pace. This is definitely on the longer end of my usual long runs. And, I was quite pleased with my overcall average being sub 8! Was a little nervous going into the run, especially after 10 miles the day before, but this is the time during a training cycle when you are stretched a little bit. Your body has to be stretched and stressed just enough to grow stronger. This week was that for me.

If there is one thing I believe is helping me recover quickly, it's the vega recovery accelerator. This stuff is the perfect 3:1 carb and protein combo, and I'm not one to jump on bandwagons, especially supplement ones. This mix, though. Definitely a fan.

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Overall, a great training week for me! Looking forward to the next few weeks of hard training before tapering begins. Race day is April 19!