|When I ask Andrea how she is feeling, the|
answer is typically "sleepy!"
Some might say this isn't living... I think this is living life to the absolute fullest!
October was a pretty great month of training. This was really the big month for us... the "make or break" cycle of marathon training. After running 5K PRs on October 1st, then a great half-marathon race in Long Beach, we went right back into full volume training. For me the last 3 weeks have been 145, 140, and 140 miles. For Andrea, they have been 68 (with a day of cross training), 85, and 83 miles. We've put in 2-3 harder workouts per week, with 20-24 mile long runs every weekend.
Mileage is great (miles make champions!), but the real emphasis since Long Beach has been on specific marathon-paced workouts. Short tempos, long tempos, BIG tempos (like last week's half-marathon "dress rehersal" tempo run). These are the bread & butter workouts, and we've hit them all right on pace.
Full logs for October: Andrea - Jake
Now we'll start a gradual taper since we are exactly 3 weeks out from Philly. There are still a few harder efforts on the schedule (the worst thing you can do, in my opinion, is cut back volume AND intensity too soon), including a 4-3-2-1 x Mile stepdown the signature "2 x 5 miler" workout, which is really the final piece of the puzzle, 10 days out.
Confidence is high, as it should be. We've put in a lot of work and are fit, strong, and fast!
|Post-Long Beach workouts, and the plan for the final 3 weeks|
|A) Post-Long run on Saturday, B) Post-BIG Tempo run last Thursday, C) A rite of passage for all marathoners|
|Andrea is not only an amazing runner, but an amazing BAKER as well. She get like 10 million girlfriend points for making my favorite food: A giant, warm, delicious, super-chocolatey Tollhouse cookie bar!|