Week 11: 58 miles (whew!)
A trip to Utah for my uncle’s funeral at the end of this week meant that I had to be creative with my training plan, but it also meant I got to see family and go on runs with my sisters. Since I was driving back on Sunday I didn’t blog so I’m playing a little catch up this week.
Monday: 7 miles + 6x100m strides (treadmill)
Tuesday: Lactate Threshold 11 miles with 7 at half marathon pace (treadmill)
I’ve found the key to these half marathon pace training runs and it truly is just running slower. I started the fast portion of this workout at an 8 min/mile pace and sped up slightly for the last two miles. Nailed it. I ran a half marathon a year ago faster than an 8 min/mile pace so I feel like I *should* be able to do this faster, but I have to be honest with myself and run the pace that I can complete this workout.
I worked from home until noon and then we drove 10 hours to Twin Falls, Idaho. Having a day to sit around in a car was a lot better than it sounds. It’s kind of luxurious to have nothing to do but sit.
Thursday: 12 miles (hotel treadmill)
There was only one treadmill in the hotel gym. We still had 7 hours left to drive this day so I hopped on it early and got my miles in. The hotel maintenance staff walked in and out every now and then and I’m pretty sure they thought I was nuts, but you do what you gotta do.
Friday: 7 miles easy with sisters outside
I was planning on taking a rest day this day and doing a 5 miles recovery run on Sunday, but my sisters were going so I had to take advantage of that.
Saturday: 21 miles outside with sisters
This will absolutely be my favorite run of this training cycle. My youngest sister and I started out at 5:30 am when the stars were still out. There’s a trail next to the road that we ran on until we reached a little past 10 miles. By then the sun was up and we were in the middle of this gorgeous red rock desert.
On the way back another sister met us about 3 or 4 miles from the end and we all finished together. Seeing Claire coming over the hill in the distance waving her arms at us was so great. I really wish we all lived closer together.
Sunday: Rest day
Week 12: 49 miles
Monday: Rest Day
I was on the fence about taking two rest days in a row but realize by the afternoon that I just didn’t have the energy for it today and I was willing to pay the price later in the week.
Tuesday: 8 miles with 5×600 at 5k pace (treadmill)
I crushed this. I guess that’s what two rest days in a row will do for you. I ran the 5k pace at a 7 min/mile. No biggie.
Wednesday: ML 12 miles (treadmill)
I’ve never finished watching Breaking Bad so I decided to take on the last season again. It’s depressing and I hate all the characters but I’m curious enough to finish this out. I started watching this show years ago and never finished it because I hate Walter White and I despise how the writers treat the women characters. Anyway, I’ve got a lot of time to spend on the treadmill so I’ve decided to see what all the hype is about. I’ve heard the ending is really satisfying. Hopefully Walter White dies.
Thursday: Recovery 5 miles + 6x100m strides (treadmill)
This was so hard. SO HARD. It shouldn’t have been so hard.
Friday: 7 miles with 5 fast (treadmill)
The plan I’m on has an 8k-15k race scheduled for this weekend, but I couldn’t find one and I didn’t have the time anyway so I just ran a fast tempo run closer to the 8k end of the spectrum.
This run was validating. I’ve had such a hard time with these tempo runs in the past and this time I was able to run all of those fast miles between 7:47 and 7:30 without stopping. Proof that I’m getting stronger. I love it.
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 17 miles (outside)
I did not enjoy this run at all. I honestly can’t believe I even finished it, but I’m glad I did. I was plotting the whole time about how I’d just go two more miles and then call it quits. I’m blaming the cold I got yesterday. I don’t know what else it could be. Overtraining maybe? Who knows. Sometimes you run well and sometimes you don’t.
Anyway, five more weeks to go until race day. I’m fully in the peak training portion of this cycle. My airline tickets to Boston have been bought. I’m going to buy my jacket after I post this blog. This is really happening!