What’s new this week? I got a footpod because I thought it would provide more accurate pacing than GPS. The short summary is that I’m unimpressed. This was the 80 mile training week of my life. Marathon pace is starting to feel less aggressive. I turned in a competitive race team (Team Ohio) application. It is just a normal week, but I feel like I’m approaching the home stretch of training.
Monday was another easy day (remember the 20 mile group run on Saturday?). I ran slightly progressive with the second half uphill. 10.1mi, 7:56/mi
Tuesday was “Threshold Track Tuesday.” The track was crowded. I ran into a situation. Read about it below and give me your thoughts. Approaching the home stretch of training, I’m back on the Hanson schedule and ran the 3x2mi “strength” workout using the Daniel’s VDOT 53 threshold pace of 6:32/mi and 1 minute rests. (different pace and rest than described in Hanson’s training plan) It felt really good. I can see this pace being my half-marathon pace later in the fall.
1.4mi warmup, 3x2mi@T(6:32/mi) w/1min rest, 2.5mi cool down
Tuesday afternoon my Team Ohio application left in the mail. Done.
Wednesday was easy miles, I ran my favorite ten-mile route. and tried to use the data to calibrate my foot-pod… again. 10.0mi, 8:02/mi
Thursday I waited for the rain to stop and then went out running on wet roads under dry skies. I ran two completely straight segments to use for calibration of my foot-pod. 10.3mi, 8:11/mi
Friday was marathon-workout day. Roads were wet, but weather was cool, which made a big difference. I have to say, these are starting to feel less aggressive and really are starting to build my confidence at the pace. I think I’m going to have to do one of these for 16 miles to build full confidence, though.
1.25mi warmup, 10mi@M(6:52/mi), talk to my mother for ten minutes, 2 mi cooldown.
Saturday was a wet roads and wet skies kind of day. I went out running in the drizzle as the FedEx man was delivering a new pair of running shoes. Drizzle turned to rain for the next hour. It was that kind of run. 10.0mi, 7:52/mi
Sunday was cold which made for good running. I ripped the warning label off my new Mizunos and ran my 16 miles in less than two hours again. At mile 15.8, I had some reaction and had to stop to throw up. That was scary.
1 mile warmup, 12 miles at 7:30/mi, 3 miles at or close to M. 16.3 mi total, 7:29/mi ave.
Week total: 80.3 miles, total time 10:23
Year-to-date running total: 1,951 miles
T-minus Race: 5 weeks till The Columbus Marathon
As always, my complete training logs are on Strava.
Fundamental question time:
Tuesday I showed up at the track around 6:30 am. Football was practicing on the field. I put my stuff down on the edge of Common Finish, finished up my warmup and started my workout in lane 1. I was going the ‘correct direction,’ counter-clockwise. Fifteen or twenty minutes later a few guys show up with their coach, warm up counter-clockwise on the outside lanes and then started their workout in lane 1. It’s all good. We’re going similar speeds. It is easy to share the track. Then at some point, they changed direction and started running their workout clockwise in the inside lane. I wasn’t about to give up the 400m lane while I was working on accurate pacing and recording lap times. We had to dodge each other twice per lap. It was really obnoxious. I’m claiming I was right because I was doing a workout at reasonable speed in the correct USATF competition direction, and I was there first. Fundamental question time: WTF and what should have happened? Should I have just tackled these asses?