Here we are with less than one week to go. With a ton of heat and humidity in the forecast this week, I am wishing and hoping for it to break before the race next Sunday. I am confident at this point that I can cover the distance, but am most nervous about running a half marathon during the hottest part of the day. Then again, I survived the Boston heatwave!
Monday 6/11 – rest
Tuesday 6/12 – run + bike (TT)
Muggy lunch run: 6.3 KM (3.9 mi) – 35:35 – 5:40/KM (9:07/mi)
Tuesday evening I was able to make the Newmarket Eagles Time Trial and we were back to the same route as my first night. I didn’t think a time improvement would be in the cards since (a) my legs were toast from a huge weekend (sprint tri + 56-mile ride) and (b) it was extremely windy. That said, I did the best I could, pushed hard the entire time and managed not to get blown off the road (there were a few close calls). In the end, I finished just 44 seconds slower than last time and all things considered, I’m happy with that!
warm-up: 9.6 KM (5.9 mi) – 23:26 – 24.5 KPH (15.2 mph)
TT: 15.0 KM (9.3 mi) – 24:48 – 36.3 KPH (22.5 mph)
Wednesday 6/13 – run + swim
I was able to meet up with Juliana for a 5am recovery run. It was nice to get out early for the first time in a while.
10.0 KM (6.2 mi) – 1:00:13 – 6:00/KM (9:40/mi)
That night I hit the pool (first time in weeks!) since it was our last Masters session for the season. It was a good workout.
3350m – 1:20:00
Thursday 6/14 – run x 2
I went out for another steamy lunch run and had another run that night for the first night of the summer marathon clinic (with new instructors!). I cut the run short along with the rest of the 5am posse for a surprise Birthday dinner for one of the girls. It was a great evening and I feel very lucky to be a part of this group of ladies.
lunch: 6.1 KM (3.8 mi) – 33:08 – 5:24/KM (8:42/mi)
eve: 4.8 KM (3.0 mi) – 28:07 – 5:49/KM (9:22/mi)
Friday 6/15 – long ride + brick run
I decided to get my long ride in ahead of the weekend, which actually wasn’t very long being a week before the big race. I rode my bike to work and took an extended route in the morning, and then a shorter route home since I dropped the bike off for a “spa day.”
AM: 42.0 KM (26.1 mi) – 1:22:26 – 30.6 KPH (19.0 mph)
PM: 19.0 KM (11.8 mi) – 39:04 – 29.2 KPH (18.2 mph)
I had time for a short & quick brick run off the bike when I got to work as well.
4.0 KM (2.5 mi) – 20:20 – 5:05/KM (8:10/mi)
Saturday 6/16 – long run
I took advantage of a bit of a sleep-in on Saturday then headed out solo around 8:30 for my taper long run. It was hot & sunny and a sweat fest from kilometre 1. I didn’t have a planned route, but wove my way around town deciding on the fly where I should turn. I was dripping with sweat by the end, but surprised myself with the pace. Felt pretty good despite the heat.
16.9 KM (10.5 mi) – 1:31:31 – 5:24/KM (8:42/mi)
Sunday 6/17 – rest
A lazy morning was in order followed by brunch with friends and then a trip to the beach with the pooch. I originally intended to bike & swim, but the day got away from me. If I don’t get my workout(s) in first thing on the weekend, it’s just not going to happen. When will I learn?!
6 sleeps til Welland Half Iron Tri!