Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t been as personable on my blog lately but I’ve been working towards a big deadline later this week and work has taken a turn for the crazy so I’ve been a bit strapped for time. Fortunately, after this week, things should get better (at least for a little while) and I’ll be back ‘atcha with some life updates.
Wednesday – OFF
Thursday – 11 miles tempo with 7 miles at marathon pace (average pace – 8:00 min/mile). I ran a 2 mile warm up, followed by 7 miles at marathon pace (7:31, 7:35, 7:35, 7:34, 7:36, 7:35, 7:37), and then a 2 mile cool down. My stomach started to feel off about halfway through but luckily it held up and I finished feeling strong. Considering that my legs felt Hansons tired during this run, I was happy with how I did!
Friday – 7 miles easy (average pace – 8:18 min/mile). I had planned on squeezing in another mile to help me move around runs over the weekend but I overslept. Oh well.
8 miles easy 14 mile long run (average pace – 8:11 min/mile). The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the run was awesome. My legs felt tired and it truly felt like I was pushing through the last 14 miles of a marathon – the point of the Hansons training plan. I ran a slightly different route and it was so nice to switch things up. I also fueled (which I rarely do during anything shy of 15-16 miles) and took a Honey Stinger Gel at mile 7.5
14 mile long run Venus de Miles 28 mile fun ride (average pace – no clue ). I will recap this later but I have to say that I had a blast at Venus de Miles. I really wish that I’d had time to train for the longer course (60+ miles) but now I have something to work towards next year.
6.3 miles easy (average pace – 8:02 min/mile). When I got home from the bike ride, I had a snack, changed, and then headed out for some easy miles. My adrenaline must have been pumping though because I was moving past (7:45 ish) for a few miles before I forced myself to slow down. No need to get hurt!
6 miles easy 8 miles easy (average pace – 8:19 min/mile). I was happily surprised that I wasn’t too sore from my ride + run on Sunday. Considering, I’d hardly trained for the bike, I was expecting to be very sore. The weather was gorgeous again, so gorgeous that I actually stopped to take a picture.
Tuesday – 9.15 miles with 3 x 1600 m at 5k race pace with 600 m recovery (average pace – 7:57 min/mile). I ran down to the lakefront (2.65ish miles) and then started my intervals. My first two 1600′s were 6:38′s and then my last was a 6:40. I actually felt fairly decent during the first 2.7 but that last .3 was really killer. My lungs felt tight and I just wanted the interval to be over! I also made sure to run my recovery 600 m very slowly.
Totals: 55.45 running miles; 28 biking miles
Other Interesting Tidbits:
- Today is Ian’s birthday! We’re going out for sushi to celebrate .
- Today is also my day off, which means I can sleep in but my internal clock woke me up at 6:00 AM. I guess I’ve adjusted to early morning training runs?
- I’m working on getting a discount code for the Chicago Half, that way you can still register at a reduced price if you don’t win my Chicago Half Marathon giveaway.
Have a great day!