Sassafras’s Training Log – 1.20.13

I haven’t talked much about my secondary goal that I spelled out in my resolution post. So I’ll tell you what I want, what I really want: it’s to run a 3:45 marathon this spring.

In exactly three months, I’ll be toeing the line at the Carmel Marathon. I’m following the TLAM Own It! plan again this training cycle, which I love. One cool thing about using the same plan this time around is I can compare my log to where I was at this point last time. I’m feeling good about things so far, but I still have a long time between now and April!

Monday – 5 miles with some of my neighborhood runners! I cranked this out at 8:45 pace, and added 8 strides at the end for good measure.

Tuesday – Today’s goal was to negative split 5 miles… that is, to run the last mile faster than the previous two, faster than the first two. I did it – my splits were 9:50, 9:21 and 8:46.

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – A double workout day for me. In the morning, I did hilly intervals (total mileage of 4.8). In the evening, I went to a 2 hour yoga class that really focused on flexibility and range of motion. Such a perfect pairing with my morning hills!

Friday – 4 miles at 9:30 pace

Saturday – Isn’t it kind of crazy when 35 degrees seems warm to you? I was practically overjoyed to see that number in the hourly forecast. I got a super early start and ran 16.2 miles on what is quickly becoming one of my favorite routes. Someone even told me I looked perky after this run, so I guess that joy didn’t wear off! (I had 9:17 pace overall.)

Sunday – Lots and lots of walking!

Total – 35 miles, 2 hours yoga

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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