Long Week 7 (72 miles)
Was it just me or did this week seem like it took forever? As with the majority of people I am sick of this winter. I am waiting for the Spring time and March but that seems like it’s never going to come. Instead of complaining I’ll just keep trucking on with training.
|Monday||11.45 miles 8:23 pace (treadmill)||Nike Training Club: Abs/Arms|
|Wednesday||12.2 untimed||Nike Training Club: Abs|
|Thursday||13.2 (7:50 pace) with Tim||P90X|
|Saturday||12.83 8:23 pace|
Monday’s run on the treadmill felt surprisingly easy. Although it wasn’t much faster than usual, I found myself exhausted afterwords. About two hours after getting home (around 6pm) I felt very tired and achy. I think it was possibly the treadmill but also that last week had caught up to me (on a Monday…que the long week). Whatever the reasoning I felt I needed a rest day on Tuesday.
I thought Wednesday would bring a good run since I had rested. It didn’t. I later realized that my shoes were pushing 750 miles and probably the reason for my run not feeling great. (It didn’t feel awful but I thought I would feel like a million bucks).
Thursday I ran with Tim and finally felt amazing. We ended up doing a progressive run (starting around 8:30 and finishing around 6:50). It didn’t feel like we were moving that fast. A few miles in the middle were around 8:30 when we were running on icey trail but the rest averaged below 8 and the last mile was below 7. It was a huge confidence booster for me.
Friday and Saturday I took easy. I’m not sure what I’ll do today (Sunday). I am hoping for around 12-13 miles at a slightly quicker pace. We shall see!
Going into Shamrock next week:
This week was really similar to last week though. I wish I could tell you I had the two productive weeks I wanted between Lake Effect and Shamrock but that was not the case. Instead I had relatively easy weeks. Since I haven’t done much speed work the last two weeks I don’t know if Shamrock will be the repeat success that Lake Effect was. I am still questioning my abilities because of it but I know it will be a lot of fun regardless. I’m not going to force a lot of speed I wouldn’t normally do before a race just because. As I said in my post a few days ago you can’t stay at the top of your game
While my dream goal is still to PR, I’ll be happy with anything under a 1:27 with my change in perspective. Speaking of Shamrock, I was featured in the “Shamrock Spotlight” if you wanted to go read about that.
I will probably stay with my normal half marathon taper. I’ve found it’s worked well for me.
Questions for you:
What is a motivating workout you do before a race?
Random: What is your biggest fitness/workout related goal? What is something you want to do in your lifetime?