One last push

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the monster month, the part of marathon training when mileage, intensity and burnout rates all peak.

This morning, when I woke up feeling creaky after my longest run — 20 or 21 miles – on Saturday, a recovery swim Sunday and speed work — 6 X Yasso 800s, plus three miles easy — yesterday, it occurred to me: This is IT! I’ve got 25 days to go, and while I’ll tackle maybe one more tough speed workout and a couple more tempo runs, it’s sort of all downhill from here.

Here are the key workouts I’ve got left:

This week: 5-mile tempo run Thursday; 16-mile long run Sunday

Oct. 5-11: 3X1600; 5-mile tempo run; 14-mile long run

Oct. 12-18: 6X Yasso 800; 5-mile tempo run; 10-mile long run

Oct. 19-25: 30 minutes easy; 20 minutes easy; 26.2 miles!


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6 responses to “One last push

  1. Wow… that is one last push for you. With all you’ve done you’re going to do awesomely well at Marine Corp!

  2. Heather

    I love looking at the schedule and seeing the race coming up! It’s also nice when the LR start going Down, instead of increasing 😉 (not that I’ve trained for a marathon…but…ya know…)

    MCM countdown begins!

  3. I love mile repeats!! I do them the week before race week.

  4. PS I will do a long run with you this weekend. I have 14-18miler on tap 😀

  5. well it sounds so easy when you sum it up like that! 🙂 bring on the homestretch! after a long training period, it’s nice to crest the hill and see the end in sight. you’ve come a long way over the past few months – thankfully healthy and in one piece!

    i’ve *actually* stretched both yesterday and today after running AND did an ab workout yesterday. i thought of you, since you aren’t always on top of those either! 🙂

  6. Wow, that sounds like a full schedule! I am envious! Keep up the great work!

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