Mint’s Training Log – 4.13.14 – It’s Taper Time Baby!

My awesome running buddies after their 5 mile long run.
My awesome running buddies after their 5 mile long run.

I made it!  It is now officially taper time for me.  Woo hoo!  While some people hate the taper, I love it!  Time to rest, recover and get into prime racing mode.

This season hasn’t been perfect and I am no where near PR shape, but I have put in some solid work.  I am excited to see what race day will ultimately bring for me.

Here is how my week panned out:

Monday is my rest day, but I did a bit of running with my girls at Girls on the Run practice.

Tuesday I had a marathon pace run.  My coach likes to throw a lot of MP miles in during my last month so that I can get used to the pace and find it more easily come race day.  We decided a decent time goal would be 3:35, so race pace is somewhere in the neighborhood of 8:05-8:15.  I did a one mile warm up; then 6 miles at MP (paces ranged from 7:56-8:12); then I did a cool down with 4 strides.  70 minutes / 8.5 miles / 8:19 average pace.

Wednesday I ran easy.  47 minutes / 5.3 miles / 8:55 pace.

Thursday I was scheduled for an interval workout, but had to get in to work super early.  So I ran easy after work and shifted my interval workout to Friday morning.  44 minutes / 5 miles (8:52) pace.  Felt great running on fresh legs.

Friday I had strength intervals on tap.  I love strength intervals because they are slower than what I have been doing, yet still require some nice turnover.  I did a 10 minute warmup; then 5 x 1 mile @ 7:45 pace; .5 mile recoveries; cool down with strides.  Intervals ended up (7:42, 7:43, 7:42, 7:42, 7:36).  It was funny how easy it was for me to find pace – much easier than the 6:58 pace intervals!  The weather was perfect (50 and sunny) and I felt super strong.  Yay!  83 minutes / 10 miles / 8:17 average pace.

Saturday I had 30 minutes easy on tap.  It was CRAZY windy, but I  felt great.  35 minutes / 4 miles / 8:44 pace.

Sunday was my last 3 hour run of this season.  The best part is my boys and husband all ran the first 5 miles with me!  I felt pretty good, but the last 5 miles were admittedly a bit of a struggle.  It was perfect weather (although windy) and I finished just before the rain started coming down hard.  Last 1.5 were the fastest.  3 hours 3 minutes / 20.5 miles / 8:57 average pace.

Total: 7 hours, 44 minutes / 53.4 miles

I am starting to get excited about race day!  I haven’t run this short of a training season or this light of mileage in a long time, but I think I still have a BQ in me.  Let’s hope so anyway!

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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    1. Thanks so much! I DO have the best running buddies evah! I was so proud of them too because they were scheduled to run 4.5 miles but they pushed themselves on to hit 5. No one I’d rather run with than my boys (all 3)!