Before I get to my marathon training update for this week, a few random things from this weekend…
Eating at ‘Table’
This weekend we tried out a new restaurant, Table. It was delicious! I love the restaurant Home Wine Kitchen here in St. Louis, and this restaurant was recently opened in the Benton Park area of St. Louis by the same folks who own Home.
The menu consists of all small plates. I had to take a picture of the menu because I thought it was fun how they break out the dishes:
We tried a bunch of different plates but my favorites were the carrot chips, shaved brussels sprouts, cassoulet, and grilled flat iron steak. I also had the most amazing dessert! These homemade shortbread biscuits are seriously to die for. They were served with chocolate ‘pate’, pickled oranges, and sea salt. AMAZING.
Making ‘Portable’ Foods
I did some experimenting in the kitchen this week with some recipes from The Feed Zone Portables cookbook. Recipes and review are coming this week! One of the recipes I’ll be sharing is for Chocolate & Sea Salt Sticky Bites. They’re easy to make and meant to be taken out on a long ride/run. I took three of them on my long run today instead of energy gels. It worked out really well! They taste great, and really helped keep me fueled for my 15 miler. Stay tuned for the recipe in a couple days. Here’s a picture pre-run – I wrapped each sticky bite individually and then just carried them in my Flipbelt.
I also got some new shoes this week. These are the Newton MV3s. I’ve been running my short distance runs in the Newton MV2s for a year or so, so I thought I’d try out this new model. I plan to take them for a test spin on my speedwork Tuesday. As with all Newtons, these are some BRIGHT colored shoes!
Marathon Training Update
This past week marked the halfway point in my training plan. 9 weeks down, 9 more to go. I’m excited by this, but also realize that the toughest weeks are still ahead of me. This week I did a total of 47 miles. This was definitely a jump from last week (which was 41 miles). As I wrote in my post yesterday on cumulative fatigue, I definitely started feeling the effects of all the back-to-back days of running this week. But, overall my runs went well and my body felt good.
My tempo run was definitely the most challenging one this week, but I suppose it should be! I think jumping up to an 8 mile tempo after last week’s just 5 mile tempo created a bit of a mental barrier for me. But it went OK. I’m happy that I’ve got a couple more weeks at the 8 mile distance before making another jump.
I was most excited that my long run this week, 15 miles today, felt surprisingly good! According to my plan I needed to go somewhere between a 9:06 – 9:18 average pace, and I ended up with a 9:17 average, so I was happy with that. I was expecting it to feel harder than it did, but it went by pretty fast and I just felt like I was cruising along. Here’s hoping that continues!
Week 10 of Chicago Marathon Training
This coming week is a 46 mile week. This week I really want to focus on having a good tempo run, and working on internalizing my marathon pace (8:23 for my A goal, 8:35 for my B goal).
- Monday – 7 miles easy
- Tuesday - 4 x 1200 w/400 meter recovery, 1 mile WU/CD
- Wednesday – Rest
- Thursday – 8 mile tempo run, 1 mile WU/CD
- Friday – 5 miles easy
- Saturday – 8 miles easy
- Sunday – 10 miles long
What did you do this weekend? What’s on your training plan for next week?
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