Going into this week fresh off of the previous week's food poisoning episode left me cautiously optimistic towards race day. I was feeling fresh from not working out much due to being sidelined form the sickness and for once, I had no complaints about my physical well being. I just had to make it through the week unscathed from dumb injury and I would be ready to run The Carmel Marathon.
In the days leading up to the race I wasn't particularly confident about my ability to pull off my secondary goal of sub 3:30 (or 3:32) which would enable me to register for Boston 2017 with enough cushion. The primary goal I had was to feel good for at least 85% of the race. We all know those later miles can be tough.
I felt under trained and that overall, I could have done more to prepare. I was self trained this time around and created a hybrid Hanson style plan mixed with some of the plan I will follow for Ironman. I was working out way more than previous cycles, but I was only running 3-4 days a week for around 30-50 miles(with most weeks around 30). All of the runs I did were quality though. (One day of speed work of 8+ miles, 2 back to back long runs of either 10/10 or 10/16+ with both days having GMp thrown in) Honestly, I had no idea how this very different style of training would bode for me on race day. Spoiler alert: I got my BQ with plenty of cushion to register for 2017. I must have been doing something right.
Monday: 1 mile run, 7 mile cycle
Tuesday: rest aka walk the pup in the cold
Wednesday:5 mile run. With 2x 400's @ 1:34, 1:34, 1 mile @ 7:47, 2x 400's @ 132:, 1:30
Friday: 2 mile shakeout run, half with the pup and half without.
Saturday: Carmel Marathon! 26.2 miles!
Sunday: Rest aka begin #slothmode
Total: 5:09 for 41.2 miles
Running: 4:38 for 34.2 miles
Cycling: 31:00 for 7 miles
Took CB for a walk on Tuesday and froze my ass off.
I only had one more thing to do on Saturday morning, and that was to believe in myself.
Next up: Carmel Marathon Race Recap!