Peak week of training- 3 weeks to Richmond!

Hello from Runner’s World Headquarters!

It’s been a gorgeous weekend. I love spending time here – but I’ll save the details for another post.

For now, I’m thrilled to have wrapped up my last big week of training with everything feeling good plus some really confidence boosting runs.

Training recap:

Monday : 10 miles in 8:02 ave (276 elevation) – I tried to work in a few rolling hills and probably ran it faster than I should have, but I was feeling strong!

Tuesday: 

Wednesday: 10 total with 8 x 800m (3:07- 3:11, or 6:15-6:20 paces) and 400m jogs between … still feeling strong!

Thursday: 30 minute pool run

Friday: 6.5 easy around Bethlehem, PA

Saturday: 21! Broken down like this: 3 easy miles (8:15), Runner’s World 5k (22 something or about 7:15 pace), 6 easy (7:50s), Runner’s World 10k (45:00 or 7:15 ave) and 2 cool down (7:45)

That’s the fastest 20 miles I’ve ever run… even on the easy segments, my legs just wanted to go! I think it’s the lower humidity, finally.  I’m thrilled to have such a confidence boosting run but nervous too.  I rarely have more than1- 2 strong runs in a week where my legs feel this good, so I hope it continues all the way through to race day!

Sunday: 4 recovery miles

On the meal plan…

I’ve not had any time to think about it yet! It’s another mild weather week so maybe we will do some grilling.

I’m also overseeing the book fair this week so it’s going to be a busy week, but it’s always fun.  I kind of like being known at school as the ‘book fair lady’ !

Have you ever run the Runner’s World Festival races or been to Bethlehem PA?

Are you still using your grill for dinners?

I’m linking up with Tricia and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap and with Jess Runs ATL and The Right Fits.

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17 thoughts on “Peak week of training- 3 weeks to Richmond!

  1. WOW!!! That is so amazing – and I’m talking about how good your legs feel 🙂 Seriously, what a huge confidence boost. You are absolutely killing it and this is a testament to how much work you have put in. I love that you did the 21 miles surrounding the RW festival. We had so much fun there a few years ago… Good luck this week! Keep going strong!
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  2. Thanks for linking up with us!

    What a fantastic 20 miler- so impressive!

    I have never run the Runner’s World Festival, but it always looks like such a blast and beautiful time of year there. Lucky you!

    Sending you all the positive vibes for Richmond, it’s such a great marathon…the friendliest! 🙂

  3. Wow, those 20 miles sound amazing! Go YOU!!! I have thought of doing the RW weekend, but it’s usually the same weekend as the IMT Des Moines Marathon (but that happened a week ago this year). Too bad I was recovering from surgery and not in-training ;-(
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  4. That is an amazing 20+ mile pace. I like the way you divided up participating in Runners World weekend events. You are definitely ready for Richmond! Unfortunately, we don’t grill much in the off season. Thanks for linking!

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