So, I guess you’re wondering what’s with the new banner at the top of this post. Whether you are or you aren’t, I’m going to tell you anyway. I’m an official blogger for the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon “Run Home” campaign. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of something I love in such a special way. From now until I cross the finish line, I’ll be updating you on my progress in training, and hopefully provide some motivation and tips to help you reach your goal on race day. I may not be the fastest runner on the course May 4th, but there won’t be a shortage of determination and heart!
Week Five Recap
Last week was the first week on my shiny new training plan. My mileage was cut back during the week, which enabled me to get some additional sleep in the mornings. Hallelujah to that! It was still rather cold last week, so a lot of my miles were done on the treadmill. Thursday’s run was done outside during lunch and was my favorite run of the week. It was only 4 miles, but everything clicked and felt good. I think keeping the miles a little lower has also helped me bounce back quicker from day-to-day. In pictures, my recap below:
That leaves Sunday’s long run. I hate to say that I didn’t enjoy this run, but it was a tough one. All long runs are hard, but for some reason, I FROZE on Sunday. I dressed like I always do and wore the same gloves, but by mile 10, I was so miserably cold that I had a hard time thinking about anything else. My muscles felt tight and I struggled once again in slippery conditions. Word around the running community is that everyone’s long weekend runs have been difficult this winter. We can all get frustrated, or we can look at it this way…..just think about how great it’ll be when we have that first 50 degree sunny, dry day. We’ll feel like we’re wearing wings. So, I guess toughing it out through this mess will only make us stronger in the end.
Icy cold toes and frozen eye lashes, we train through it all, so we can kick _____! Well, you know!
I used one of my favorite apps, Fitsnap, to capture Sunday’s milage and distance.
This Week’s Schedule:
- Monday – Rest (thank goodness) stretching and rolling
- Tuesday – 4 miles EZ (9:12 – 9:27)
- Wednesday – 4 miles EZ (9:12 – 9:27)
- Thursday – 4 miles EZ (9:12 – 9:27)
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday – RACE DAY – 38th Annual Spring Thaw
- Sunday – Rest
The Spring Thaw race is very unique because you can pick your distance based on how you’re feeling that day. You have your choice of 10, 15, or 20 miles. As of right now, I plan on doing the 15 miler. I was going to do the 20, but with the change in training plans, and the advice from someone objective, I’ve decided to do the 15. I still reserve the right to complete the full 20 if I feel amazing that day! Goal pace for the 15 miler is an aggressive 8:37.
This race also means some easier, less intense workouts during the week. I want my legs to feel as fresh as possible come Saturday.
I hope you had a great week training…onward and upward towards our goals!
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