Mint’s Training Log – 3.23.14

Sassy selfie
Sassy selfie

Even though I forgot to post my training log last week, I am still plodding along with my training for the Wisconsin Marathon.  It is hard to believe I only have a few more weeks before my taper starts!

I’ve had a very low mileage season and have not hit all of my workouts due to travel, illness, work and other bumps in the road.  So I am starting to think about my goals.  I know I will be able to finish it, but I also know I will be nowhere near PR shape (3:23).  So I am thinking about 3:35.  We’ll see how the next few weeks go, but that seems like a good goal at this point.

Week ending 3.16.14:

Monday is my rest day.

Tuesday was all about speed work.  10 minute warm up; 12 x .25 @ 6:58 pace; .25 mi recoveries; cool down with 4 strides.  It was nice outside (for once) and my son ran with me for the warm up and first 5 intervals.  66:36 / 8 miles / 8:20 average pace.

Wednesday I was scheduled for 30 minutes easy, but had to travel for a deposition.  Up early and home late meant no run.  I really should have run on Monday.

Thursday was another speed workout. 10 minute warm up; 4 x 1200m @ 6:58 pace; .25 mi recoveries.  Cool down with 4 strides.  This workout was hard.  6:58 pace is just too hard for me right now.  I don’t know if it is running in the freezing cold temps or what, but the pace was too hard.  I got it done, but I had to stop for a few breaks.  55 minutes / 7 miles / 7:56 average pace.

Friday I was scheduled for 50 minutes easy, but I bumped it up to 60.  6.75 miles / 8:56 pace.

Saturday I was scheduled for 40 minutes, but bumped it up to 60 again.  6.8 miles / 8:50 pace.

Sunday I had a bit of a dilemma.  I signed up for a 10k race I do every year.  It is wicked hilly, but always fun.  My coach then wanted me to run 2 hours easy after the race.  That sounded brutal as 10ks wreck me.  I was tossing around all sorts of ideas (run an hour before the race/race/hour easy post-race).  Then I saw it was supposed to be 12 degrees, feels like -5 at race time.  Ugh.  I decided to skip the race and just log my 2:40 long run.  But it was so cold and I am so d@mn sick of the cold.  I almost didn’t even get out the door, and when I did the entire run sucked.  I was freezing, cranky and simply ready to bag the whole season.  I know that is terrible, but it is true.  I pulled the plug on my run after 12.5 miles.   1:52 / 8:59 pace

Total:  5:55 / 41 miles

*****

Monday is my rest day (but again, I should have just run).

Tuesday was speedy stuff.  1o minute warm up; 8 x 600m @ 6:58 pace; .25 mi recoveries; cool down with 4 strides.  I fought through it again, but the pace was still too hard.  66 minutes / 8 miles / 8:19 average pace.

Wednesday I ran 32 minutes easy.  3.6 miles / 9:01 pace.

Thursday speed again.  10 minute warm up with 4 x 1200m @ 6:58 pace; .25 recoveries; cool down with 4 strides.  This time I didn’t pay attention to pace at all and ran by feel.  I allowed myself to be slower – clearly this 6:58 stuff is not in my fitness range.  It ended up working out well (7:08; 6:56; 7:13; 7:08).  57:26 / 8.12 miles / 8:12 average pace.

Friday  was crazy.  I ended up working until midnight Thursday night on a motion for summary judgment and was up just after 4:00 am to get back at it again.  I didn’t get home from work until 8:30 pm, so instead of running my scheduled 50 minutes, I grabbed a glass of wine and watched a movie with my husband.

Saturday I was scheduled for 40 minutes, but decided if I felt good, I’d try to make up part of my missed run.  It was 35 degrees and I felt terrific, so I ran 90 minutes / 10.1 miles / 8:58 pace.

Sunday it was freezing again (26 but very windy), but I was determined to fight through.  I was scheduled for 2:15, but bumped it up to make up for cutting my long run so short last week.  2:37 / 17.21 miles / 9:10 pace

Total:  6:45 – 46 miles

Hopefully next week will be a bit smoother and I’ll finally bump up over 50 miles.

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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