This was the first week that the weather felt as though it broke. It’s been so hot the last few weeks, so it was nice for better weather. Unfortunately, towards the end of the week life, fatigue, and everything else caught up with me. I was left both exhausted and tired. No big deal and I was still able to get quality races and long runs in.
|Monday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Wednesday:||6X800s with 800 jog between (total 12 miles)|
|Friday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Saturday:||Book It 5k (2.9-3 miles) average 6:30 pace (total 9 miles)|
|Sunday:||Long Run (18 miles)|
As I mentioned last week, when I run easy runs for an hour, I just average them to be 6.5 miles. They might be 6.1 or 6.8, but it doesn’t really matter. I just run easy, and the pace isn’t that important to me.
Workout Wednesday: 6X800 with 800 jog in between
I wanted to switch it up from doing 400s so ran 800s. I do all of my workouts on roads. It was perfect weather, and while I didn’t feel great, I didn’t feel terrible either. I was happy with the workout, and with a warmup and cooldown, I ended up with about 12 miles for the day.
Book It 5k:
The Book It 5k is out of the Cherry Hill Library. It’s a great cause, and I enjoyed it last year.
The course was short, and I didn’t feel great but was able to run about 6:30 miles. I think I would have probably finished around 20 minutes which untapered is where I thought I would be. It was my first 5k since June, and I have forgotten how painful they are. It’s hard to get a good idea of where I am fitness wise with the 5k because that course was short, I felt like garbage, and it was a mix of terrain.
I look forward to doing more 5ks under my belt. I probably won’t taper for many, if any, but they will be good workouts.
Long Run: 18 miles
2 miles easy.
4 miles (average 7:07).
4 miles easy.
4 miles (average 7:05).
4 miles easy.
I would have liked to have been closer to 7 for harder effort, however, I racing the day before that didn’t happen. I’m happy with the long run and realistically, my goal is to stay healthy from start to finish of the race. It was raining but it felt a lot better than the heat.
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18 miles: 2 miles easy. 4 miles (average 7:07). 4 miles easy. 4 miles (average 7:05). 4 miles easy. . I feel like yesterday’s race woke up some muscles that have been sleeping for a while. . Despite kicking me feet to get going for awhile, I did feel good during the run. . Marathon training is hard and my body has already reminded of that.
In all, I’m happy with my week. I’ll probably plan to have something similar next week. I don’t plan to do a lot of 20+ mile runs as I don’t want to get injured. I will do at least 2 more 20 mile runs but I have no plans to run much longer than that (if longer at all).
Posts from the Week:
Questions for you:
Do you prefer shorter races or longer?
How was your week of training?