Running tends to mirror other aspects of my life. If I have a stressful week, running typically doesn’t go well. If I’m having a good week, running usually adds to the happiness. This past week was filled with so much family, happiness and love – and I feel like my running really showed that.
6 total runs for 57 miles with one planned rest day. This was the first week where I made the decision at the start of the week to take a mid-week rest day – and man, did it feel GOOD. Sleeping in felt great but more importantly, I felt energized for Thursday and Friday’s morning runs, not exhausted or dreading them. So, for the time being, I’m sticking with a rest day (planned for Wednesday but staying flexible with the day).
Here’s how the week broke down:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday – easy miles in the bank
6, 8, 6 miles – all easy paced/recovery runs. Monday’s run was garmin-free and the other two were with my garmin (I averaged 8:18 and 8:20 paces for those two).
Tuesday – hello, speed!
This was a really tough workout. After being up a few times during the night with my son, I decided to sleep in. The stars aligned and I was able to do the workout later that night (which meant I got to sleep in again on Wednesday).
10 x 600m repeats at 6:10-6:15 pace. My legs haven’t moved at that pace for that duration in a long time and I felt it. The first few felt like I was running 5:00 miles…I finally got a bit more comfortable as the repeats went on but by the last 2, my legs were done. After the workout, I did some strength and core for about 15 minutes.
2 up: 8:11, 7:58
10 x 600 (with 200m recovery): First 4 @ 6:15, Last 6 @ 6:10 (recoveries were around 9:00 pace)
2 down: 8:13, 8:13
Friday – building that endurance
18 early-AM miles. Although I was off from work (for my oldest’s birthday party that afternoon), I still had to be done early. My son’s school has a school mass on the 1st Friday of each month and parents are welcome to attend (and sit in the rear). My in-laws and I decided to go – so I needed to be done running by 7:30 so I could take a quick shower and make it to their school/church by 8am. (This ended up backfiring on me because after showing up, we found out that there was no church b/c of a church event.)
I was out the door by 5am – so not as early as a normal Friday when I have work – and was finished by 7:35. Overall, the run was a success, but it didn’t feel great. I just don’t have that effortless stride and pop in my legs that I remember having in the fall. I know I’m only in week 2 of training for Boston, but the last few long runs have felt like a death march. Just sluggish and kind of blah running. I know these runs help me the most mentally because I spend a lot of the run forcing positive thoughts and to keep moving.
I made a quick gel/water stop at mile 9.5 and felt energized that I was more than half done. But I had to make an emergency stop home at mile 13 to use the bathroom. This has only happened to me once before – ever – during a long run. My stomach usually holds up really well, but Friday it was not having it. Thankfully, I was only about 3/4 mile away from the house when I realized that I needed a bathroom – otherwise I don’t think I would have made it!
Splits: 7:51, 7:50, 7:59, 7:54, 7:46, 7:48, 7:53, 7:53, 7:47, 7:54, 7:59, 7:48, 7:44, 7:53, 7:38, 7:35, 7:51, 7:45 – average 7:51
Sunday – race pace time
9 mile “brisk” pace run. Coach has added this workout into my training plan this cycle – and I was both excited and nervous to try it.
A “brisk” run is “aimed at improving your energy system efficiency and is 4-5% slower than aerobic threshold (AT) pace. For the sub 3:00 marathoner this will be a slightly slower than marathon race pace. For a mid 3 hour marathoner this will be marathon pace to 10 seconds a mile slower and for the 4+ hour marathoner this is will roughly marathon race pace.” (Source)
Goal was 7:10-7:20. I haven’t run these paces for this duration in months, so was worried it was going to feel too uncomfortable. But, my legs got the memo and I started off with a 7:17 mile which felt GOOD. I didn’t pay much attention to paces – just tried to keep steady effort throughout (next time I will focus a bit more on paces since purpose of run is not to run faster, but make the prescribed paces feel easier.)
Splits: 7:17, 7:15, 7:16, 7:04, 7:12, 7:09, 7:04, 7:03, 6:55 – average 7:08
I’m really pleased with this run and it gets me excited about this cycle and Boston. I’m definitely not in the shape I was in September/October yet – but I know I am in better shape at this point in the cycle than I was at this time for Boston (last year) and for Wineglass. Two steps forward, one step back.
My in-laws are in town visiting from Alaska. Our entire family was together to celebrate my oldest son’s birthday party on Friday and birthday on Saturday: soccer, my niece’s basketball game and a huge dinner at Hibachi – it truly was a perfect weekend!