Wow, this upcoming week’s end marks halfway through. Crazy. It’s been… not a breeze so far, but seems like it hasn’t completely eaten my life. But I know the second half of the training gets up there. I’m definitely at the point now where the long runs start taking over a bit of my weekend (resting up the night before, getting out to do them for an hour and a half plus, and relaxing after) and some of these tempo runs (8 miles this week and then again 2 weeks from now) and sprints (5×1600 a few weeks before the race) aren’t child’s play either. But still, it’s nice that I run 3 times a week, non-consecutive days, and I get my weights and cross training on 2 days per week still. I’m liking this well rounded training. I’m faster, stronger, and feel way less prone to injuries this way.
But, I’m only at 8 miles. I still have quite a bit of distance to add before I’m ready. All I can say thus far is that this training is making me a way stronger mid distance runner. Hopefully that strength will carry on all the way through 13.1. This week is another jump in mileage, and it will certainly test me.
As much as I didn’t want a break this week, my body showed me it was for the best. Most of my runs this week were not exactly top notch, and I was having to expend a lot of effort to keep my paces where they should be, even at the shorter distances. It’s a little disconcerting, because it all shoulda been easy, but I’ll just be happy that I had an off week on a rest week. Maybe, just maybe, I’m finding I can settle into a pace during higher mileage runs better? Who knows. We’ll see.
By the details:
Monday: 3×1600 sprints – check. I did these outside on the track and was a dummy and forgot my timing watch. My tummy was a little upset from lunch and the first sprint was brutal, I almost heaved. The second and third were better though. I wish I knew my pace – I’m betting I just ran the first too fast but we’ll never know…
Tuesday: DDR circuits – check. Didn’t wanna but I did it.
Wednesday: 4 mile tempo @ 8:59 pace – check. The inside of my pants had a hole in them and I shredded the inside of my leg (it was ALL bruised and raw after), it was super humid – muggy almost, and I couldn’t really find a comfortable pace. But I finished under 9 minute miles and I think I could have done way better if conditions would have been better.
Friday: 30 mins DDR – check. I was supposed to do this Thursday but I was feeling crappy (happy fun knock-me-on-my-ass TOM time) so I rested and just got up before heading out to celebrate with the ‘rents. Wasn’t feeling the weights and didn’t have time for ’em anyway, so I figured ONE day off would be ok.
Saturday: 10k pace – sorta check. I ended up running 5 miles around 9:25 pace on the treaddy. I ended up at the gym less than an hour before closing so I didn’t get a proper warmup (or cooldown), and couldn’t do the full 6. I’m pretty happy with the pace though.
This week, up, up, and away with the mileage. Oddly enough, it’s been HARDER to want to run/workout on vacation when I have all the time in the world. I guess there is something to be said about routine.
Tuesday: DDR circuits.
Wednesday: 8 mile tempo @ 8:55 pace – should be able to do this outside. If I can just accomplish my same run from the Saturday before last, I’ll be happy.
Thursday: DDR circuits.
Saturday: 9 mile long run @ 9:40 pace – hope to do this outside as well. If I can do Wednesday’s run, this should be a piece of cake.
I might be going out of town for a night tomorrow night/Wed, so if that happens I’ll have to bust out the tempo tomorrow before I go. Not thrilled because I’ll have to do it inside because it’s supposed to be rainy and not making it out of the 30’s, but such is life. Looking forward to taking on this week. Cross your fingers for me!