During half training, I started a little training log by recapping my weeks here. I haven’t done that since the race, but I’m going to start again because I want somewhere to keep track of what I’ve been up to. (note: I’ve tried an actual paper running log, and it was not my cup of tea.)
This week’s highlights:
1.) I ran all of my weekday runs in the morning. This is unheard of in Amy land. While I enjoyed getting it done early and in cooler temps, it was tough. I definitely notice a difference in morning and evening in terms of alertness and the amount of time it takes to wake up my brain and get my legs warmed up.
2.) My marathon goal pace is most likely too fast. But it doesn’t really matter because: a) I’m not signed up for a race, and b) I don’t have any attachment to running that particular pace if I do. I’ll still use this pace for training, unless it becomes overly difficult, but I don’t have any illusions that I’ll magically be able to PR by over 40 minutes. (again, if I end up racing)
3.) My favorite boat has been missing for months and months, but I noticed a snazzy new boat that I like quite a lot.
4.) I need to run slower on easy days. I ended up with almost the same pace in my Tuesday easy run as I did on Monday for my Goal Pace work out, and as a result my legs felt like concrete during Wednesday’s run. I tried harder to be slow on Thursday and it worked out. I’m more proud of my 11+ miles on Thursday than of those 10 min miles on Tuesday.
5.) With temp and humidity swinging wildly from day to day, I have no idea what paces I should be running. I try to run by feel most days, but then when I look at the pace afterwards, it’s really hard for me to tell if that was good or bad.
6.) OMG I did cross training! I started (completed day 1 of) the Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge a few weeks ago. But then I stopped after only 1 day, because I have trouble sticking with things like that. This week I started again..repeating day 1 on Friday morning! I had good intentions of doing day 2 on either Saturday or Sunday, but that didn’t actually happen. I have high hopes for this week, though.
7.) I stuck to my long run pacing plan, really well. I ran very easy for the first 7 miles, I ran medium hard for the next 5 miles, and then I ran the last 2 miles reasonably hard (not all out). As always, I wish my average pace was faster, but effort wise this system felt great.
And the numbers:
(probably more interesting to future Amy than to anyone reading this right now):
- Monday: (4x) 1 mile GP, 3:30 jog ::: 5.75 miles ::: 10:03/mile
- Tuesday: 35 minutes easy w/ (6) 20 second strides ::: 3.53 miles ::: 10:05/mile
- Wednesday: 55 minutes – 25 brisk, 5 easy, 25 brisk ::: 6.2 miles ::: 10:16/mile
- Thursday: 40 minutes easy ::: 3.62 miles ::: 11:02/mile
- Friday: Day 1 of Kinetic Revolution Challenge (Basic Mobility Stretches + Balance Drills)
- Saturday: Long Run – 14 miles ::: 11:28/mile
- Sunday: Rest Day
How was your week last week? Anyone else have some awesome tan lines?