I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had some exciting news to share with you all…On Monday, my husband, both boys, and I will be heading down to Atlanta, GA, to spend the week working with Mizuno!!! A short time ago, I was contacted by Mizuno’s PR agency to see if I was interested in participating in their upcoming ad campaign.
Hello? Is this real life?!?! There was ZERO hesitation. I started wearing Mizunos in mid-2007 when I was training for the Army 10-miler (when I was a member of the Ft Hood Army-10 miler team). Mizunos were on my feet for that race, for every single run during my last deployment, for my first Boston Marathon (and current marathon PR), for my pregnancy running, and many brilliant moments in between.
We fly out Monday, film for the better part of the week, and will be flying home Friday. I am SO incredibly excited, humbled, and honored to have been asked by Mizuno to participate in their campaign. I will share what I can via twitter and Instagram (and maybe a blog post) during my adventure next week.
After signing up for the Lake Placid Ironman, I knew I wanted to find an earlier race to sign up for so I wouldn’t go into the IM cold. After some research and tips from former LP finishers, I was led to the Rev 3 Quassy 70.3. It’s a hilly course and is a great tune-up race for the July 28th IM. I’m kind of excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time. As much as I’m so looking forward to the NJ Marathon, I am REALLY looking forward to it being behind me. Trying to train for both a marathon and an Ironman at the same time has been much harder than I thought it would be. (*Note to self: If I ever sign up for another IM, I will NOT be training for anything else at the same time). I just always feel so split between the two and feel like I’m not giving either the 100% focus and time that I want.
I’ve also added the Athleta Iron Girl Sprint triathlon on September 8. It’s a women only event held at Sandy Hook, NJ. And is 1/2 mile swim/10 mile bike/3 mile run. Should be fun!!
The NJ marathon is 9 days away…I am in taper mode. But, in my opinion, that doesn’t mean that every single run is easy or slow paced. I like to do a bit of faster-paced running to keep my legs loose. Yesterday’s workout was 10 x 800 – my last hard speed day before the marathon. I put it right before the marathon for a few reasons: I wanted it to be a confidence building run and wanted to use it to work on my mental toughness (10 reps of anything is tough).
So 10 x 800. Goal was 3:05. I wasn’t sure how 3:05 was going to feel with just over 2 min active recovery (if the repeat ended at 10:00, I would bump up the speed when the treadmill got to 11:55 – so it came out to just under 2:15 for them). After the first 800 at 3:05, I felt that it was just a bit too slow, so decided to make them faster and see how it went. Splits:
3:05, 3:03, 3:03, 3:03, 3:03, 3:02, 3:02, 3:01, 3:01, 2:57
I always, always try to negative split on the treadmill. It’s much easier to do on the treadmill then on the road…but it still forces me to start slow and be smart about my pace.
Yesterday’s run was just what I needed. I felt fantastic for the first 6 – the 2:15 recovery was great and I felt ready to start each repeat. The 7th was the first one where I started to feel the effects of the previous repeats. The 7th-9th were the toughest, mentally, for me. I decided to push the pace on the last one since I knew it was the last one – definitely the hardest (5:54 pace) physically but much easier mentally to get through.
~3 min of hard running sounds SO easy. Especially having come off a training cycle filled with mile and 2-mile repeats. But, man, those 3 min HURT and never seem to end after doing 5+ of them.
I’m curious to see how close they are in predicting my marathon time. Per Bart Yasso, Yasso 800s (10 x 800m) are a good indicator of your marathon time. For example, running your repeats in 4:00 (with 4:00 active recovery in between each) predicts a 4:00 marathon. Run them in 3:10 (with 3:10 recovery) and you can run a 3:10 marathon.
I’m definitely NOT saying I will run a 3:03 marathon. For one, I did them on the treadmill – which always gives me faster splits. Second, I’m more of the belief that they are within ~5 min of your finish time (add 5 min to your repeats). But, I also did a much smaller recovery then Bart recommends, so my times may have been a bit slower then had I done a 3:05 recovery. Long story short, I think it puts me roughly around 3:10 – which is my goal for next Sunday.
Have you tried Yasso 800s? Did they predict your time?
Do you do any speedwork when you are in the taper?