Training (80 miles)

This week has been a solid training week for me.  Not only have I had quality runs (YAY) but I’ve felt like I’ve recovered pretty well from each.  I wanted a higher mileage week before going into a mini-taper for next weekend.   This was actually my highest mileage week in quite some time (possibly since before the marathon).  Please give me my emoji cookies and cake.

Monday 12.2 untimed
Tuesday 12.5 8:00
Wednesday 12.2 6 easy, 6 hard
Thursday OFF
Friday 13.2 8:30
Saturday BOMF 5 miler 6:14
Sunday 15 untimed

 

Thoughts:

The first few days were spent recovering and just going easy.  After last weeks 15 miler, I wanted to relax.  I felt good by Monday which was exactly what I needed to make for a solid training week.  Both the run on Monday and Tuesday felt relaxed.

Wednesday’s tempo run went very smoothly.  My plan was to run 6 easy and then 6 at a moderate pace.  I wasn’t exactly sure what “a moderate pace” would be but I hoped my legs did.  I ran the first 6 miles at an average 7:40 pace.  The second 6 miles I averaged just under 7 minute pace with the last mile at 6:37.  (each progressive from 7:15-6:37).  I was happy and motivated with this effort.

Thursday I took off and Friday I ran easy around my neighborhood and town.  My run on Friday felt really smooth and good.  It went by quickly and was rather enjoyable.

On Saturday I raced on first shorter distance race since January.  I’ll post a recap on Tuesday but it was very windy, rainy and I was (clearly) untapered. (I had planned to do this)  I ran in 31:10 which I’m happy with for the conditions.  My plan was not to taper for this race but speed work through this race.  That is exactly what I did.

To summarize the race: wind and rain and lack of my normal racing hat. (meaning bad hair day)
To summarize the race: wind and rain and lack of my normal racing hat. (meaning bad hair day)

Sunday, we went for an easy long run in the park.  It was rainy and cold.  (whine, complain, whine complain).   Nothing too exciting and it was an enjoyable run despite the weather.

This week was actually a very solid training week for me and I have no complaints.  It was exactly what I wanted and needed.

Next week:

I will be reducing my miles and getting ready for the Atlantic City half marathon.  If the weather conditions are good (which I really hope they are) I am hoping for a PR.

Questions for you: How was your week of training?  What was your best workout?