I always say that I’m going to hop back on the log train, pun perfectly intended. Then I write one or two and fall back into the black hole that is law school. I agreed to hop back on, but only under duress. ;)
I had a surprisingly successful and fit academic year, and my grades weren’t so bad either! I ran the Columbus Half Marathon in fall semester with a decent time which was adjusted for the warm conditions. I ran the Cap City Quarter Marathon at goal pace, roughly 8:00/mile. I ran the first three at an average of 7:59 and the last 3.55 at an average of 8:09. That’s a win for me! I’m actually pleasantly surprised that I could sustain that for so long given my spotty winter training. I also don’t want to undermine my progress because I worked my ass off in many aspects. I ran 25-30 mile weeks for 6 weeks in the middle of the semester. I tried to have at least one good workout a week, and I forced myself out into the awful conditions in February and March, many times overdressed. I couldn’t take the wind any longer, and if wearing a windbreaker got me out for 40 minutes, then so be it. Whatever it takes.
I have marathon fever, and I have for awhile. I feel like at my current fitness level, I could certainly train to PR. My first and only marathon time is 4:13:09. I have a range of easier paces I could aim for to PR. I feel like my legs and heart are ready to tackle the distance again, but my reality isn’t…quite. This summer, I’ll be working two part time jobs and taking night class. When that ends, I’ll take a little trek to Europe for a month-ish, and then I’ll come back in time to settle back into my new legal job (!!!) and a 14-credit hour fall semester. I’m nervous and giddy and happy about all of it, actually.
I want to make progress but maintain my sanity. Unfortunately the marathon will have to be postponed another year. This will be my 2L year, and salty readers (and Salty herself) have told me not to train for a full during 2L year. I trust that advice. For now, I’ve got a shorter stuff to tackle! Plus I want to get back to doing yoga every day and incorporate more walking into my warm summer evenings.
Week of 5.20
Monday- 7 miles at 10:30 pace. 15 minutes of yoga. 1.5 mile evening walk.
Tuesday- 4.75 at 10:30 pace. Yoga after class.
Wednesday- Evening walk + yoga.
Thursday- 5 trail miles, 10:51 pace. Holy trail that was hard. Those trail hills were my workout of the week.
Saturday- 5 easy
Total- 21.75 run, 60 minutes walking, 40 minutes yoga.
I’d like to increase the amounts of all of the above.
Week of 5.27
Sunday- 8 total. 2WU, 4×800 at 7:55 pace, 2CD. Average of 9:25 pace. It was 90 degrees at 7pm, and I was depleted. It didn’t feel too hard though. Just hard enough. Good sign, no?
Monday- Memorial Day rest.
Tuesday- 5 miles total at 10:25 pace. 2 on the treadmill, 3 in the nasty heat and midday sun (that was my only window of time to run).
Wednesday- 4 miles at 10:15 pace.
The rest of the week is a surprise. ;) See ya next Thursday!