Just like that I finished my first 100 mile week for the training cycle. That picture is a lie. I actually feel great! I’ve hit 90 and 95 miles many times but only hit the 100 milestone twice ever before. My last run was an easy paced loop through my neighborhood in the rain. I was soaked but feeling super exhilarated for hitting the elusive triple digit week. I wanted to do a crazy, celebratory dance in our driveway but instead ran inside to tell the family…..”I ran 100 miles this week!!” They said “Good job!” then turned their heads back to a serious Super Mario Brothers competition. Hmph! I get more excitement when I bring home greek yogurt.
The training week went really well. The Mr. was out of town which means I run on the treadmill more often but it also means I run more often. I’ll hop on the treadmill at night rather than sit around alone. I ran 11 times in 7 days, two workouts and 1 long run.
The first workout was a 10 mile progression run. I started around 7:40 pace to warm up for the first mile then tried to pick up the pace every mile. These used to kill me. I found them to be such a struggle but now I’m easing into them. I finished up the last two miles at 6 minute pace and averaged 6:40 for the entire 10 miles. I wish I knew what I averaged for the 9 without the warm up mile, but it’s all gravy baby. The key to surviving this run was that I ran 8 minute pace the day before. Easy days EASY!
Thursday I ran my favorite workout which is a medium long run with 800’s in the middle…no stopping allowed. I did 14 miles total and the middle 12 were alternating every 800 as easy, then 10K pace. I seriously LOVE this workout. It flies by!! In the beginning it will feel too easy then by the end it’s a real push to reach 10K pace. I did this workout earlier in this training cycle and this go round it was much easier and felt smoother. I “think” things are coming together for TCM (Twin Cities Marathon)
We had friends come into town for the second weekend in a row. We have been friends with the Bradley’s for 10 years now. They are crazy pants like us and had 3 kids in less than 2 years. You have to be absolutely nutso to do that and survive that. So we had 6 young kids running though our house….five WILD boys and one quiet girly girl. Luckily the guy friend and I were smart enough to sneak out Saturday morning to meet my local friends for a long run. Mike was talking himself down and saying “I’m not sure if I can keep up with you fast girls!” Such a LIAR, lol. He ran 17 miles with us and barely broke a sweat. I wish he could join us every weekend. The trails were gorgeous and good on our legs but also the pace ends up looking a bit slower than it actually feels. I will do a few long runs on the road to get a better feel of it.
The last 4 miles of the 21 miler, Renee, Leah, Stephen, and I did 2 and 1 minute pickups at a hard pace. It was brutal but I know I NEED to do this to prep for Twin Cities. My happy place is running 8 minute pace forever. My happy place is not running 17 miles at sub-7:30 pace on trails then sprinting 4 more…but no one is going to hand me a 2:49 finish….so I gotta work it.
Mike and Sarah also WON US OVER. They brought our kids the game Operation and The Goonies movie, my husband beer, and myself a box of chocolates. I will never understand those people who can eat one piece of chocolate a day until the whole box is gone. Within 36 hours I was staring at an empty box. Will power is something I lack.
I did not instagram that picture. All I did was frame it black. The orange tinge comes free from the reflection of our uber-bright kitchen paint and my grainy iphone camera. The sad face was also free.
How was your weekend? Any racing? Peaking for a race coming up?
Is Goonies the best movie ever?!
Any cool marathon type workouts I should know about? I love new ideas.