Yes! Half way through. It’s a good feeling to be half way through training, until you consider the fact that the hardest weeks are ahead. Most of the weeks up until the taper, 6 weeks from now, hover right around the 40 mile mark per week. If you’re training and have friends who are training, some of them may either be (1) injured or (2) can’t hack it and simply drop out. These weeks separate the people who really want it from the people who just thought they did! You have to be all in.
I’m hanging in there and still feeling strong – that’s the good news! Last week I had a couple of great runs and this week started out the same. This is the part where I explain that running is SO mental. It only took me 5 training cycles to really allow this fact to sink in. One bad run and it knocks you down a few notches. So much so, that your next runs start going south because the little voice inside your head screams YOU SUCK!
On the other hand, a couple of good runs and bam! You can conquer the world.
For part of last week, I didn’t have a watch, OR a phone, so no documentation on my runs, but I DID do them.
Tuesday – 5 miles in the pouring rain – no watch – ruin phone
Wednesday – 3 miles hill sprints on the treadmill – without falling off the back
Thursday is typically the most boring day of the week for running because it’s a recovery day (filler miles), but it was kind of exciting because I had a new watch to use. The Forerunner 220. I’ll go into more detail about the watch in a later post, but so far I like it. 5.25 miles at an easy 9:20 pace.
Saturday – 8 miles at marathon pace. My goal was an 8:45 but I ended up with an 8:40. The best news about this run is that I ran the exact same 8 mile course as last week, but this week it was easier. Now that’s a confidence builder. All I can hope is that each week I see improvement.
Sunday – Long Run Day. This was a tough one. Sunday always is after Saturday’s run. Your legs are tired and when you first start it seems like such a LONG WAY to go. But I had Brianna with me and we chatted a bit so the miles ticked off at a reasonable rate. It did rain again this Sunday which kept everything relatively cool. I never mind a little rain. We did 16 miles at a 9:17 pace. Our long run pace range is 9:15 – 9:45, so it’s nice being able to stay in the low end of the range.
The schedule this week:
- Monday – rest
- Tuesday – 5 miles (9:00-9:15)
- Wednesday – miles repeats (4 miles) at 7:55 per mile or less
- Thursday – 5 miles (9:15-9:45)
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday – 8 miles at marathon pace (8:45)
- Sunday – 17 slow miles (9:15-9:45)
Question: if you have a good run/bad run how does it influence your training?