Each week seems to be flying by, one blurring into the next. Somehow Big Sur is just 19 days away. Um...excuse me? It was never meant to be my A race, but I was expecting to show up to the start line feeling a bit more prepared. That was my expectation back in August when I registered for the marathon.

Here we are, eight months later, and I've transferred to the 21 miler instead (100% ok with that call) and will not log a long run beyond 12 miles before I toe the line. There are worse conditions to be in come race day. The scenery will be amazing, the medal is awesome (just saw it yesterday) and it is a gift that I can create opportunities like this in my life. A lot of people cannot. 

Without further chatter, here is how the past week went: 

Monday Scheduled: rest and 3 sets of strength
Monday Actual: I seriously can't remember. I didn't update it on FS so it might not have happened. Or it did and my memory is total crap. Sigh. 

Tuesday Scheduled: regular warmup, EZ 1, 3x1 mile w 400 recovery, EZ 1
Tuesday Actual: done as scheduled
Notes: mile splits were a little all over the map but the planned pace was not difficult to hit

 done before the sun

done before the sun

Wednesday Scheduled: Dirty Dozen, 3 sets of strength
Wednesday Actual: EZ 20 minute spin, Dirty Dozen, 3 sets of strength
Notes: I'm getting some mad push-up skills. 

Thursday Scheduled: regular warmup, EZ 6 miles
Thursday Actual: not a damn thing
Notes: 8 am PT, work until 5, at a running event (MEB!), home after 9 and hadn't eaten in 5 hrs. The workout was not going to happen. 

 Oh yes, that happened.

Oh yes, that happened.

Friday Scheduled: hip strength, 3 sets of strength
Friday Actual: the EZ 6 I missed Thursday

Saturday Scheduled: regular warmup, EZ 3 miles
Saturday Actual: regular warmup, EZ 3 miles, hip strength from Friday
Notes: I made up what I could from the cluster of Thursday and Friday, but the 3 sets of strength were straight up missed. 

 things you see when you run outside

things you see when you run outside

Sunday Scheduled: regular warmup, progression run (EZ6 MOD2)
Sunday Actual:  regular warmup, progression run as scheduled
Notes: windy as all hell. tailwind on the way out, headwind for the 4 miles back. splits a total mess.

Mileage total: 23 (planned) 23 (actual). Woop! 

As noted in the previous post, I went into this week feeling banged up. I came out of it feeling banged up. But I'm one workout into this week and feeling strong. Really honing in on nutrition, sleep, and strength. I can see and feel that paying off. Finally.