First of all, Happy Easter from Arkansas! I hope you all had a great weekend! Before I jump into some running and training stuff (Boston countdown- 15 days?!!!) I will start with some of my Easter blessings…
|Easter morning 2013|
We actually had a few minutes to spare before church this morning (could it have had something to do with the excitement of waking up to find their Easter baskets?) so I got them all together to take a picture before we headed out the door. After church we had a delicious lunch at my in-laws and I am more than sure I balanced out the 20 miles I did yesterday.
Please excuse the mass of pictures- I tend to go overboard on certain holidays!
|The whole fam|
|Me & my J|
|one more of the kiddos!|
As far as running… I would say this was a very solid training week. Last week and this week were basically the meat of this 6 week mini training cycle. I am feeling pretty good about going into the final two weeks now. I had my last long run yesterday that did not go as planned but it’s over and I know it made me stronger mentally more than physically. If you follow me on Daily Mile I went into more detail but basically I planned a nice 18 mile long run with 14 at marathon pace. It was a very light rain when I started and I was very tempted to do this one on the treadmill. I knew I could easily zone out and watch 3 more episodes of West Wing and it wouldn’t require too much focus. But a little voice inside me told me to embrace the challenge and take it outside where I would have to make myself maintain a certain marathon pace. John had the kids, it wasn’t dark outside or pouring down rain so I told myself to suck it up and get out there. No excuses! I parked at the track because I planned to do the marathon paced portion around the bike trail around campus. I wouldn’t have to stop for traffic and it is relatively flat. I ran an easy 3 mile warm-up around campus and stopped at a restroom along the way in the College of Pharmacy building. As I was leaving I got a few sips of water from the water fountain and I’m glad I did because that happened to be the last time I drank anything until I got home…
When I got back to my truck to start my MP (marathon pace) part of the run I realized I had locked the wrong key in the car. I was staring at my water bottle and shot bloks through the window which I planned to get out and set by the truck for easy access during the run. I am fine without fueling for about 10 miles and under but anything more and I usually have at least a gu or something. I decided to go ahead and get the run over with before it started raining hard. I knew a big storm system was headed my way so I needed to get going. I told myself I could run by the Pharmacy building again halfway through the MP part if I needed to get a drink. Of course, once I got into a rhythm with the run I didn’t want to stop. The “light rain” really started picking up around mile 10 but again there was no stopping. I ended up with 15 miles at MP and then jogged 2 miles home. I have never run 20 miles before without fuel and I must say that I am not a fan. I am very glad I at least ate a banana before I left my house. (It would have been more, had I known I wasn’t going to fuel!) I really haven’t had fueling/ stomach issues during a marathon before- and hopefully I’m not jinxing myself by saying this but I think it’s because I fuel during long runs to help train my body how to eat/ drink and run at the same time.
|cold, wet and DONE!|
|Boston’s 1 and only 20|
Advanced Marathon’s 6 week back to back marathon schedule peaks at an 18 mile long run- not 20. But there is something mentally rewarding about knowing you went 20 before any marathon. I will also note that I wore my new Brooks Ravenna 4’s for this run and they were GREAT! I cannot say enough how much I love these shoes. I wore them for the first time earlier this week and they have completely taken over as my new favorite training shoe. I will still do my speed work and race in Brooks Cadence but the Ravenna’s are perfect for every day runs and long runs. I had seen them advertised as a mostly neutral shoe with a little support which is exactly what I wanted. I liked the Trance and Adrenaline but they were a little too supportive for me. Whereas Pure Flow did not have enough support (for me). I needed something in the middle and I found it with this one.
Below are weeks 3 & 4 of Boston Training.
Week 3 ( of 6):
Sun. 3/17– 8 easy miles on TM.
Mon. 3/18– 12 miles on bike trail with 6 @ 7:10 pace with Kem.
Tue. 3/19– 8 miles on track with 6 x 400. This workout looked way easier on paper! I am pretty sure it had a little something to do with the fact that I hadn’t done a track workout in months. I ran them all in 1:21 with the exception of one 1:22. It was HARD. These kind of workouts always remind me why I was not a sprinter in high school or college!
Wed. 3/20– 10 miles total with 4 easy @ 8:55 pace early on my own in my neighborhood followed by 6 @ 7:55 pace with Kem on bike trail.
Thur. 3/21– Off. I was tired and I could tell my body needed a rest day.
Fri. 3/22– 6 easy miles on TM @ 7:57.
Sat. 3/23- Cabot 5K Race! 12 miles total w/ 3.1 @ 6:02 pace. The other 9 miles were run at many varying paces .
Total Mileage: 56
Week 4 (of 6):
Sun. 3/24– 15 mile long run @ 8:51 with Tish on bike trail. Windiest run of my life. No joke! Winds were at 25-30 mph the whole time and it was ROUGH. I would have definitely done this one on the TM but I had company and we were able to work in a lot of hills so we got it done!
Mon. 3/25– 10 miles on TM @ 7:52 and it felt hard.
Tue. 3/26– Off. My body was feeling completely exhausted from the 5k Saturday and windy 15 miler so I knew my body needed a break.
Wed. 3/27– 8 miles w/ 7 mile progression run (7:29, 7:02, 6:59, 6:57, 6:33, 6:25, 6:15).
Thur. 3/28– 7 miles @ 7:33 hill run in River Oaks.
Fri. 3/29– 8 miles with 6 x 800 on TM. I was dreading this workout all week. I normally like 800’s but it has been a while since I’ve done them. My schedule called for 6 @ 5K pace. Of course it had to be pouring down rain during my running time slot so I took this one to the gym. I’ve never done 800’s on a TM before so this was new. I ran them at a 5:52 pace and finished feeling tired but not completely wiped out.
Sat. 3/30– 20 miles around HU campus with 15 @ 6:53.
Total Mileage: 68
My mileage will really decrease this week and next. I have a 10K planned for this weekend as my final race before Boston. And speaking of Boston…
|This little packet arrived Monday|
just two more weeks to go! I’m getting excited and feeling a little more prepared. The wait is almost over!