Monday, April 13, 2015

Marathon Training Week 14: The Optional Workout Gets Done!


This week ended up being a great week.   I had a busy work week but actually did all the workouts - EVEN THE OPTIONAL ONE!  That might be the first time that ever happened!
Monday 3/30
Plan says: Easy 4-5 miles, including 6 x 15 seconds in zone 5, each followed by 15 seconds easy

What I do: 4.48 miles 33:01 (7:22/mile)

Tuesday 3/31
Plan says: easy 8 miles, mid 6 at race pace

What I do:  8.06 miles:
7:33, 7:10, 7:08, 7:08, 6:55, 6:54, 6:53, 7:18

Total: 8.06 miles, 57:29 (7:08/mile)

Wednesday 4/1
Plan says: Rest or cross-train

What I do: The "fun workout" - After dinner walk with kids! Yay! Weather is improving so we can return to our post-dinner walks.  (Also, I count this as a workout because I am pulling two kids (total weight about 70lbs) in a wagon.  I am definitely sweaty at the end of it!)

Total: 0 miles

Thursday 4/2
Plan says: Fun Workout

What I do: The optional workout - 3.51 miles, outdoors, IN SHORTS!  Also did another walk with kids which turned into a run.  It IS possible to pull kids in a wagon and run - not advisable, of course!

Total: 3.51 miles, 25:10 (7:11/mi avg)

Friday 4/3
Plan says:  OPTIONAL 3 miles

What I do: Rested up, anxiously awaiting the 20 miler tomorrow

Total: 0 miles

Saturday 4/4
Plan says: 20-21 miles

What I do:   Procrastinate like crazy.  This is a common theme in my house right before I embark on the long run.  I think of a million things to do besides going out for a run and start doing them, while fully dressed for a long run.  But, I eventually got my butt out the door and logged 20.3 miles!  And best of all, I actually felt good while doing it.  

I ate 3 gels and had 32 oz of water during this run.  I did loops so I was able to leave a water bottle at two points and loop past continuously so I didn't have to carry water. (This is my usual plan for hydrating since they close down public water fountains that are along many of my routes for winter...and have yet to turn them back on.)

I listened to podcasts during this run, even though I was running outdoors.  
1, 2: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, episodes 2 & 3
3, 4: This American Life #551 Good Guys (which I started convulsing crying, around 8 miles, during the story of the dive) (partial) and #549 Amateur Hour (full)
5: Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin with David Blaine (partial)

1 - 7:47
2 - 7:46
3 - 7:41
4 - 7:34
5 - 7:52
6 - 7:47
7 - 7:38
8 - 7:53
9 - 7:51
10 -7:53 
11 - 7:36
12 - 8:00
13 - 7:26
14 - 7:44
15 - 7:40
16 - 7:36
17 - 7:42
18 - 7:38
19 - 7:30
20 - 7:36
0.3 - 2:15

Total: 20.3 miles, 2:36:23 (7:42/mi avg)

Sunday 4/5
Plan says:  Rest

What I do: Rest and eat lots of Easter candy!

Total miles: 0

Week 14 Total Mileage: 36.35 miles
Completed 4 of the 4 mandatory workouts AND the optional workout!  

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