AM- 10 Miles on the roads, 7:40 average pace.
PM- 4 Miles at an easy pace (treadmill) followed by Core Work
Turns out it’s been almost exactly a year since I started this website of mine. Running wise the year started out as bleak as I could get with a torn calf and a huge cloud of injury denial. Can someone please tell me why I was so stubborn and kept running and racing while in pain? I ran FOUR races while injured and stretched that calf healing process out as long as I possibly could. Live & Learn.
I want to say to all my readers…thank you. I thought I’d have this private journal on the web that maybe my mom would read (she doesn’t! lol) and instead I ended up reading more blogs, commenting on more, getting some great feedback in return, and made some new friends. I don’t have any aspirations to make this a big blog, the theme will always stay the same, my journey to become the fastest marathoner I can so I’m thankful for anyone who takes the time out to read about that journey. There’s been quite a few blurbs going around the internets about commenters not commenting genuinely or descriptively or lengthly enough for the writers opinion. My opinion is, you want to come here and read my stuff…thank you. You want to come here and never, ever comment once, thank you. You want to come here and only type “hi!” thank you. I’m grateful for it all. Now on to running business….
Last week wrapped up week 5 (10 weeks until goal marathon) with Coach Hadley and it consisted of:
87 total miles with 3 hard days:
10 X 800’s
8 mile tempo run
20 Miler with water only
I’m a pure distance girl and when my mileage gets higher and I get into a nice rhythm with train->fuel->real life->sleep and in turn I start to feel stronger and stronger. I love that rhythm and believe I thrive off of it. I have been doing my core & strength work religiously. It was a hard habit to get into but now that it is indeed a habit I’ve been good about it. My legs are adjusting and feeling “bouncier” than ever. Basically thing are on the up & up. I know marathon cycles are full of ups and downs so I am appreciating the good while I’ve got it.
This current week is the first week we are starting to cut back the mileage and that’s because I get to race this weekend!! I have not raced in two months so I am jumping out of my Nikes to get back out there. It is a Valentine’s Day themed race and friends and I have a
brutal friendly competition going on. I’ll go into more detail in my race recap. Mostly I’m just excited to run fast with great friends again. Plus the race directors arrange for a Candy Corner where instead of handing out gels, they hand out M&M’s….they were reading my mind. Here is the race we’re running:
What kind of pace will I run? I haven’t got a clue. We’ve discussed it but really I have not raced in two months (and this will be the first time racing under Coach Hadley’s program) so I’m hesitant to give any pace range right now and honestly I just want to surprise myself. Last year I ran 6:17 pace on a wonky leg/torn calf so we will see. I will be running fast enough to earn those M&Ms.
If you are racing this weekend….sending you lots of speediness and hoping it’s candy-filled. Have a great week everyone!