Todays Workout- AM- 4 miles easy Later AM- 8 total with 5 at tempo pace ( 6:00 min/mile average)
One of the things I love about marathon training is the amount of time it takes to build up to your best. You have to be a workhorse to race up to your potential and that takes time. The marathon takes patience. I truly love the journey, the day in and day out training, and monotony of it all. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to train like I do. Sometimes though, frustration will hit. My tempo pace hadn’t seemed to budge more than a second, one direction or another for quite a while. It was annoying but I was reminded to keep working at it, that we hadn’t hit on certain speeds yet this cycle, that the weather plays a factor, etc. Today – finally – it all seemed to come together almost effortlessly and I surprised myself with my fastest tempo I’ve ever run. Keeping my fingers crossed this will result in some Fall personal records.
I had a very strong week last week, two of the 3 hard days I was lucky enough to run with friends who always challenge me. By “challenge me” I mean, I sometimes want to curse at them 😉 Running with others is a huge training advantage so I’m always grateful for that. Running hard workouts alone is tough! Since my Weekly Reviews have been non-existant the last few months (I don’t plan on sharing them often), here’s a brief run down of how it all went.
Monday- AM- 8 Miles easy PM- 4 Miles easy
Tuesday- AM- 2 mile warm up, 3 x 2 miles at 6:00 pace, 2 mile cool down. PM- 3 easy
Wednesday- AM- 6 easy PM- 4 easy
Thursday- 11 Miles total with 9 at tempo averaging 6:21 pace.
Friday- 7 Miles easy
Saturday- 16.5 at 7:20 pace with last 3 in 6:32, 6:21, 6:15.
Sunday- AM- 6 easy PM- 4 easy
79.5 Total Miles for the Week.
My “Easy” Pace is between 7:15-8:00. <- This is hard some days, have to focus & practice good form.
Regarding the “easy pace” above, I wanted to share with you Mark Hadleys newest blog post on training pace. I received mostly positive responses to my “Ban Slogging” rule but I did get some flack for it too. (I love all responses, even the ones giving me flack- keep it up 😉 ) Hadley does all the research on the science of running, the stuff I admittedly hate to do, and quite simply, he knows his stuff. Here’s the link in case you are interested in checking it out:
We decided to visit some family next weekend as our last mini-vacation before summer break is through and naturally I had to search for races in the area for that weekend. So next Saturday I’ll be jumping into the Raleigh 8000 Race in North Carolina. Very excited to race in another state and looking forward to finishing on a bit of a hill. I need that hill training whenever/however I can get it.
Have a great week everyone, thanks for reading, & Happy Training!