We are almost at the half way point of Summer Break here in Virginia Beach. While others are in the thick of Chicago/Twin Cities/Early Fall marathon training, I won’t start until September rolls around. I purposely will choose (not yet though) a late Fall Marathon so that I have significant training time. Waiting until November/December is hard for me. I love being in the thick of marathon training but I also want to set myself up for a successful marathon build and with three young children and a husband that is underway often, summer time is a difficult time for 20+ milers and 100+ mile weeks. So shorter, speedier work it is for the next 6 weeks. Here’s a little peak into what I’ve been doing lately.
Last time I wrote I was about to run a 4 mile Countdown race as a workout. It was unlike anything I’ve run before and I head a great time. The clock started at 6:30 pm and counted from 75 minutes down. You chose your race distance 4, 2, or 1 mile and start whenever you want. The goal being we all finish at the same time. Around 25 minutes, Andrew and I started to get real antsy and 20-30 seconds later we took off. It was a bit of a weavy, sweaty, fun mess and we finished about 8 seconds before the clock turned to zero. We think we ran around 6:11 pace (We thought we weren’t allowed to wear watches), which considering the crowded pathways and heat made for an exciting way to get in a good tempo.
Monday night was reserved for the track. 800’s were on deck and despite the 90 degree temp and raging humidity I was excited to get started….then BOOM, after the first interval I was reminded why I never ran on the track the year or so I was self-coaching. (Self-Coaching might be too ambitious a word choice.) The track hurts. Once again I ran watch-less and every interval felt like a struggle. The track was packed though with 20+ Hampton Road Runners, Dennis Welch Endurance athletes, a football team doing sprints, and a kids track team. It made things interesting and kept my eyes alert. Anything to help keep focus during the struggle is welcome because at one point I was hurting so badly I thought “How am I going to tell Coach Hadley I bombed this workout?!” That was motivation in itself! 😉 We averaged 2:42 with the last at 2:39. That’s a few seconds slower than I had averaged the last time I ran 800’s but it was in the prescribed range and considering the temps, I can take it.
Here are some pics from the evening that that I stole from the DWEP website:
David, Dennis, and I. Dennis Welch is the best pacer. So thankful for his help! I like this pic because it shows him concerned about splits and I’m like “Can I take a nap now?!”
Group shot. I’m far to the left. I had forgotten my Oakleys at home and ran in fake Gucci sunglasses out of desperation. They worked! Out of this entire group I think I’m the only one who “only” runs. The rest are Spartans, UltraBeasts, Trail Champs, etc. It’s hard for me to complain about track work when I see everyone else running and doing 50 burpees and 100 lunges. They are a hard-core and fun group.
Post workout core work. I am woman enough to admit I was mocked for my pathetic sit-ups.
What’s up next for me? I will continue the Tidewater Striders/Running, Etc. Summer Series for two more weeks. The last week is the Memorial Scholarship 5K. It’s a great race and will be filled with speedy people. It’s not the fastest course but I am keeping my fingers crossed all the speed work kicks in and I can pull off a faster time. After that I do not have any larger races planned until the Virginia Beach Rock & Roll Half Marathon on September 1st. Anyone running the Philadelphia Rock & Roll Half Marathon? I am thinking of running it if the timing works out and would love to hear about it. Happy Training Everyone!