Another week closer to the marathon! I had another strong training week logged, culminating in a great long run.
Tuesday: My speed workout for the week was 4x1600. The last time I had to do 1600s was rough so I was anxious about this. I was on the treadmill due to cold again and I was bummed that I didn't get my favorite treadmill - the last row, corner 'mill. No one behind me. Alas, I got through the mile repeats. The last 1600 was tough and assisted by Defying Gravity from the Wicked soundtrack. What a great motivational song! Full workout was a 1.6 mile warm up, 4x1600 with 0.25 jog in between and a 1.6 mi cool down. Was relieved to have this thing done.
My other runs were 4 miles easy with strideouts after. I did one in the wee hours of the morning (5AM, 20 degrees) in the dark and the other after work (3PM, 23 degrees). I'm trying to do one run a week right after work from my office to a) get some daylight running in; b) take advantage of warmer temps (I'll take every degree of warmth that I can get!); and c) vary my courses.
Saturday: LONG RUN! I "only" had to do a 13 mile run this week. My husband made fun of me for saying that. Saturday's weather was a balmy 32 degrees! WOOHOO! (My ATL-based coach calls that "cold". ha ha ha) I was supposed to do the first 9 miles easy and get the last four done in 7:00-7:20 pace. I started out with the latest Serial podcast, hoping that would help me keep my pace in check. (Sometimes I find running with music makes me run faster than I ideally want to.) My avg pace for the first 9 miles was 7:18, and I felt good. I took a gu and some water and started picking up the pace for the last 4. I also switched to music, since the podcast was over. The last four were 6:58, 6:59, 6:55, 6:43. 13 miles in 1:33:30. (For the record, my half marathon PR is 1:33:23.) I forgot to wear my compression calf sleeves for my long run this week. My coach said, and I quote, "You might be able to break 3:10 if things go perfectly!" If I break 3:10, post-marathon drinks are on me for those traveling to Boston with me!
Total week 6 miles per plan: 29
My total mileage last week: 29.37
I have the Icebreaker Marathon Relay (indoor) with other Oiselle women coming up on Saturday. I am sort of freaking out that this doesn't really fit nicely into my plan, but trying to just go with it. One of the other women on my 4-person team is also running Boston so we were commiserating about how this race is difficult to plan around.
I am really proud of myself for making it 6 weeks into this plan and not skipping any workouts. ZERO! I definitely do better sticking to workouts if I have a plan and I am INFINITELY better at doing the workouts if I have a plan + coach. Woohoo for High Miles Running. Seriously loving this training session so far!
12 weeks until Boston!