Okay, things are getting really busy around here and it seems like everyone and their dog is getting sick. All I want to do it run! HA HA! It was a balancing act to get in the miles and workouts this week, I didn’t exactly follow my plan as written but I think I did well. The weather was wonderful this weekend and I was really able to enjoy some stress free runs.
Here is my weekly recap
Coach gave me a rest day, after my 5k/long run the previous day. I was feeling tired that day, and appreciated the recovery.
Tuesday Double dip am run 4.08 miles at 8:19 average pace, total time 33:53
pm run 4.32 miles at 7:40 average pace, total time 33:04
Still tired legs in the morning, so I decided to split my run into 2 runs to help recovery. I am glad I did, because my afternoon run felt great. Took some extra time for stretching a foam rolling after each run. I think that helped a lot, as well.
Wednesday 11.5 miles average pace 6:51, total time 1:19:02
Speed workout, and group run again. I had 10.5 miles on the schedule. Workout included 2 miles warm-up, 4x 1.5 miles between 6:07-6:12 pace (1:30 minute recovery), 4×200 sprints and 2 mile cool down. I think I have been getting extra mileage in my speed runs because I do not like stopping and starting. I much prefer active recovery. I am jogging between all my workouts and super slow pace but still keep moving. It was a great workout, we completed this on an area with some decent rolling hills. Nothing to crazy but enough to added to the difficulty of the workout. I was really lucky to get a solid group of 6-7 people to join me for the workout, which always helps. We did start the first two sets a bit too fast, but otherwise pretty solid workout.
Thursday Unscheduled Rest Day
Balancing family and illnesses and just plain being stretched too thin. I was optimistic I would get in some miles and it just never happened. I was supposed to get in 9 miles. I made some adjustments over the weekend to help keep my weekly mileage up. The nice weather made the additional weekend mileage, easy and enjoyable.
Friday 10.4 miles average pace 7:47, total time 1:20:39
Beautiful run after a long stressful work week. I started the run, and it was a warm sunny day. As I ran, I got to watch the beautiful sunset and then a full moon in the clear skies. This run put me total an ease. We all need more runs like that.
Saturday 18.2 average pace 7:57, total time 2:24:16
I think the high was around 69 degrees and I wanted to take full advantage and train in the sun. I met some friends midafternoon. The weather was just perfect for an easy long run day, a tad warmer than you would want for a race day. Crossing my fingers we don’t get that warm in Boston. Midway through the run I had an annoying side stitch that just lingered the rest of the run. As long as I kept my pace in the low 8 minute/mile range, I felt fine. So the run was probably a 10-15 seconds slower than my normal run. The last mile, I put in some 45 second burst, followed by 1 minute of recovery. Surprisingly, while I was picking up the speed the side-stitch disappeared. I nagged all my friends, into food after. It was so yummy
Sunday 8.03 miles average pace 7:45, total time 1:02:21
3.75 miles average pace 7:56, total time 29:45
I wanted to keep my runs short, while still getting my weekly miles covered so I decided to get another double this week. Both runs were very enjoyable and relaxing runs. I joined some friends in the morning and then solo in the evening. I flirted with the idea of getting a few more miles in the evening, because I felt so good but I made myself stop. Saving my legs for another day.
Total miles for the week was 60.2
As we progress closer to my goal race (Boston Marathon) I have been feeling more on edge about how my training is going. Mostly, because I am giving control to someone else. My coach put together a post about the type of training I had been doing and the direction he was taking me. I really enjoyed getting the bigger picture. If you are interested, you can check it out.
This training cycle has differed from my previous training, because I was very long run focused. I was trying to get as many 18-22 mile runs in as I could. I did some tempo style runs and goal pace runs, but it wasn’t consistently and was usually based on what I felt like doing that day. Not based off some sort of plan. Sometimes I would just run around an area trying to pick up Strava segments. I like running that way, and there is definitely room in the future for spontaneous runs. Right now, however, I am very goal oriented and working with a coach has increased my consistency and helped focus my runs more.
If you have missed the first two chapters to my “blog book” check them out!