I cannot believe it's my biggest week of marathon training! I have to say, going into this week I was kind of discouraged just because my last big run day was so tough and hot... I've honestly wondered what the HELL I was thinking signing up for something so huge and then signing on to do a week-long section hike of the AT mere hours later... but here's how my week went.
Monday - 6 miles. This was supposed to be a speed work run. In reality, it was a full on struggle bus! My legs just really didn't feel warmed up. I never hit my projected pace and was so hot I could hardly breathe! It didn't help that there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the smells of the car exhaust and fresh mulch on the greenway were so strong. I was just happy this run was done1
Tuesday - Rest day! I was definitely grateful for the rest, especially since it was so hot! It seems like Tennessee went straight from winter to summer with spring being left behind!
Wednesday - I had a 9 mile progression run scheduled for today. I ended up getting up too late to get those miles in and had to work all day. I did 3 easy recovery miles right at sunset just to get some miles in because I knew Thursday was going to be crazy!
Thursday - 12 miles hiking with clients. We had a last-minute addition to my schedule and I hiked Mt. LeConte with some clients. This hike took all day and I didn't get back to my car until it was dark outside. I got in over 4500 feet in elevation gain, though... so it's not a total loss!
Friday - Recovery. I really needed it after the long week. Thankfully, I got to spend some time walking my dog for a nice leisurely afternoon.
Saturday/Sunday - Backpacking 101. I did a total of 8.2 miles of hiking for the two days, hiking at a slow speed on an easy trail. I'll be posting more about that trip very soon!
So while my week was supposed to be a huge week with a 20-miler scheduled for the weekend, it didn't quite work out that way! I'm really glad I decided to not beat myself up over my mileage, despite the fact that I'm so close to my taper for the marathon, which is now only 14 days away! I will be making up my long run tomorrow, so I'm hoping it goes well! I'm so incredibly nervous to see than 20 miles on my watch! I have done many 20-mile hiking days in the past, but running it is a whole other game!
I'm linking up with the Women's Running Community for Share it Saturday!