The Eugene marathon is only three weeks from this Sunday! Hard to believe. My training is going well and I'm feeling strong and prepared. This week my legs are starting to get tired and a bit sore but I'm so close to the taper I'm pushing forward.
This week I've also finally really committed to making yoga part of my life. This became a goal of mine after the Ironman when I was recovering in Phoenix. My best friend Inga really spent some time doing yoga with me and telling me how it changed her life, and I knew then that I needed it. I've kind of dabbled in the last few months going to classes at the gym and doing some short practices on my own, and of course I've been doing some gentle yoga with my mom over Skype. But I know that's not enough. I need this in a real way. I don't want to get into it here, but I stand to gain so much from a yoga practice. Peace, stillness, presence, awareness, acceptance, etc. It's time for me to make this happen.
So, this week I joined a yoga studio for a trial period and I went twice this week so far. One 90 minute Vinyasa class and one 75 minute meditation class. I loved them both but especially the meditation. I am going back tomorrow and this weekend and so on. It's wonderful. :) It's expensive but worth it.
Anyway, back to running! I am in the midst of another 50+ mile week, my last one before the taper. Here is how my week has gone so far:
(90 minutes Vinyasa yoga class)
6 miles/56:08/9:21 average pace
Recovery run on tired legs.
(plus meditation yoga class)
10.1 miles/1:27:11/8:38 average pace
Hills and Track. What a combo! Here's the breakdown:
5.33 miles warm up on Terwilliger hills @ 9:11 pace
4 x 1200 m intervals - averaged 5:29 (7:19 pace) with 400 m recoveries
1.07 miles cool down on the track @ 9:10 pace
So not my fastest intervals ever but not bad! The hilly warm up probably cost me a few seconds. Also I was just feeling kind of tired and didn't push it as hard as I probably could have. But it was a great workout and I'm happy. The track is always lots of fun. Especially when Zach is there with me! :)
12.0 miles/1:45:19/8:47 average pace
I thought this run would be pretty brutal since my legs have been tired all week, but actually once I got out there I felt pretty great! I had a nice run and was grateful the weather stayed nice (it's been kind of wild and unpredictable lately).
Tomorrow is a rest day but I'm planning on going to yoga. Then this weekend is a short recovery run Saturday and then my last 20 miler on Sunday! Zach's parents are in town from Montana so we're spending the weekend with them doing fun stuff around town too. Should be a really nice weekend.
Thanks for reading! :)