Pittsburgh: Marathon Training Week 14

I celebrated my birthday yesterday with 8 windy miles – 8 miles on April 8!

My run was followed by some Thai take out and my favorite cupcake (the 9:30 Hostess cupcake from Buzz Bakery).004 003 002 006

The cherry on top was finding out that our TV had recorded the first Game of Thrones episode -apparently HBO had a free preview period over the weekend! Does anyone else think Jaime Lannister looks completely different this season? I barely recognized him as the same actor.

I also celebrated by signing up for my first fall race! I took advantage of a coupon code for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon in the Cherry Blossom virtual goody bag because I thought that would be a great goal race to keep me training during the summer. It’s 10% off with the coupon code CB10, good through May 15. I’ve heard it’s a very picturesque course, and it’s capped at 5000 runners.

Okay, onto my training log from last week!

Marathon Training: Week 14 Training Log

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This was a welcome step-back week – are they ever unwelcome? lol. I incorporated more cross-training in the form of strength training sessions and Bikram yoga on Sunday for a more total body focus to my training to supplement the lower mileage. I also completed 3 sets of my knee PT exercises throughout the week; slight knee achiness was a good reminder that I need to keep up with the PT at home.

Monday: rest – much needed after a high mileage weekend!

Tuesday: 6 miles easy pace on the treadmill (10:30 pace)
I also completed a 30 min strength/ core workout using dumbbells and a Swiss ball. The move that’s kicking my butt this week? Single-leg deadlifts (link)– so good for your hamstrings and core.

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: 6.11 miles easy pace outside (10:17 pace)
I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and do the rest of my runs outside this week – it was wonderful. #nomoredreadmill

Friday: 8 miles outside with some hills (10:04 pace)
I’m still trying to get in some hill work in preparation for Pittsburgh, but I’m also not pushing myself too much because the hills aren’t awesome for my knee.  I’ll do what I can and hope the taper period gives my knee a chance to rest before the race.

Saturday: I nixed my 5 miles because my knee felt sore after the hills yesterday, and completed a strength/ core training session instead.

Sunday: Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and my first Bikram yoga class @ Bikram Tysons!

Overall, this was a stellar week of training and I still took rest when I needed to. I missed one day of running, but still hit a solid 30 miles for the week, and I finally got in a much-needed yoga class :)

Do you strength train while training for a race?

Favorite core exercise? It’s not my favorite, but I’m focusing on my planks right now (my longest is 1:45 from yesterday). I’d like to get it up to 2:30 by next week!

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