Toronto Marathon Training Monday #1: Rest=NEW PR!!! Also, I LOVE PORTLAND!

Hi Friends:)

This week was a whirlwind.

As I mentioned last week, I haven’t been feeling too amazing lately. I’d been training super hard for a few weeks, and last Thursday everything just came to a head and I was pretty down and out for a bit. The training plan I mapped out for myself leading up to the Toronto Waterfront Marathon hadn’t incorporated a full taper for this week’s race. However, I was too sick last weekend to attempt my last long run (14 miles). So I ended up with a little more rest than I meant to take leading up to this Saturday’s Portland Old Port Half Marathon, which was annoying. But I had a feeling that in the end it was probably going to help my performance.

I went to my PT for my weekly session on Monday, and he told me that he was glad my feeling sick had forced me to take a little a step back; “You were probably on the edge of overtraining,” he told me “Now I feel a PR coming your way.” That helped me frame an unexpected 1.5 weeks of down-milage time positively. So I stuck to cross training for the most part this week, which was a welcome reprieve for my sore muscles and tired mind. Here’s how it panned out:

  • Monday: PT+ 20 minutes swimming+ 45 minute spin class
  • Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:50 pace
  • Wednesday: 35 minutes swimming
  • Thursday: 1hr Yoga class
  • Friday: Exploring Portland, Maine!
  • Saturday:  13.1! (@ 8:49 min/mile avg. pace)
  • Sunday: Rest & Stretching
    • Total Weekly Milage: 17.1 miles

I’ll do a full race recap on Wednesday, BUT I ran a PR on Saturday and I honestly think I was able to work that hard because I’d allowed myself to rest leading up to the race. I’d been struggling with a few “niggles” for the last couple of weeks, and all of those had been rested, stretched, and rolled away by race day.

Plus, I was in my favorite place!

Back in college, I spent my summers working at an overnight camp in Maine and it was the best thing ever. My co-counselors and I would go into Portland on our evenings and days off and I totally loved it. I’ve been back once or twice since then, and it’s always so, so magical.

We spent the day before sightseeing and wandering through boutiques in the Old Port section of the city. We got some amazing Italian food for dinner (they had homemade gluten free pasta!!) and ice cream at Beal’s for dessert (a MUST if you’re in the area).

I signed up for the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland with two of my friends from my Stepping Strong Boston Marathon team; we’d trained together alllllll winter for Boston, and we were hoping for a sunny day since Boston was SO RAINY…

in case you’d forgotten….

But, ALAS! an unexpected series of pop-up showers hit us throughout the half in Portland! The rain was light, though, and didn’t feel too bad since it was about 60 degrees out the whole time. It was like old times for us!

We spent the day before sightseeing and wandering through boutiques in the Old Port section of the city. We got some amazing Italian food for dinner (they had homemade gluten free pasta!!) and ice cream at Beal’s for dessert (a MUST if you’re in the area).

Then we hit the hotel hot tub, stretched, rolled, and went to bed before 9pm:)

And before we knew it, it was race time!! Like I said, I’ll write up a full recap for Wednesday so look out for that:)

This week’s workouts will all be done at SUPER easy paces. I’ve got a marathon to train for, but I’ve also got a half marathon to recover from, so that takes some balancing. I’m going to be headed to New Hampshire for my family’s yearly vacation this week (YAY!) which means a) lots of amazing trails to run on and cooler temps to run in, and b) I am in charge of my 12-year-old cousin who I take with me on vacation every year, so I’ve got the added challenge of coordinating child care while I’m out on the run. She’s old enough now to be on her own for a little while, but I’d rather her have some company. So we’ll see how this week pans out and I’ll report back!

Now You Tell Me…

  • Half marathon recovery tips? What are your go-to meals and snacks for muscle recovery?
  • Vacation activities for pre-teens?!? My girl is now too old for dolls and dress up. I’d love to plan some cooking/craft projects, so if you have any ideas from your own childhood, let me know! 

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