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.