a blog about running fast with style
January had its fair share of fast and slow miles and for the most part went pretty well. Come February I decided to finally admit to myself that I was in fact training for a spring marathon and that the week of February 3rd meant I was a good 13 weeks away from race week… so I guess I better get some racing in?
Like any intelligent runner I picked a 5k and an ultra relay because those 2 things clearly go together.
Good life choices kids.
I kicked the week off on Monday with the most boring of boring activities of all activities, the indoor bike. I only made it 30 minutes and then called it a day.
Tuesday was the first easy run that actually felt easy (8 miles) and Wednesday I was back on the track ready for some miles.
The workout called for 4 x 1 mile and it was C-O-L-D, cold. I think I might have given myself frostbite. I was optimistically excited about the workout since the previous week had gone so well but things turned on me pretty fast.
The first rep felt bad (per usual so nbd). 6:08 (right on pace). Rep 2 started off okay and then I proceed to continually decrease my speed. 6:13. Rep 3 I made it to 4 minutes and 23 seconds and was done.
I was cold and things just weren’t coming together. I knew the pace was just to fast for me that night so I waited for 4A to finish their 3rd rep and jumped in to finish the last mile at 6:18.
Sweet, positive splits the week of a race, best confidence booster ever.
Maybe not so much. Can’t win em all kids.
I took Thursday off, struggled through 6 miles on Friday and was ready to race on Saturday! Okay- truth, I wasn’t ready to race but sometimes ya just gotta show up at a start line, so here we go.
For those of you that don’t want to read my long-winded race report that I’ll most like post in two months… here’s the spoiler: it actually wasn’t horrific and I sort-of liked it.
Who am I?
I ran 19:08 (6:09s) only 3 second slower than when I ran it few years ago when I was actually in sort-of marathon shape. My partner (it was a Valentine’s Day race) and I were 2nd in our age group. So we’ll mark that in the W column… and I negative split the thing, something I have never done in a 5k. I usually go out ridiculously fast, slow down to a crawl and somehow drag myself across the finish line.
All smiles post race:
(GL sbux with LF- photo courtesy of Lesko)
Or maybe I’m just happy because someone finally gave me some coffee.
Sunday was an easy and snowy 12.
Monday kick started the week with a big rest day. Love me some zero miles.
Tuesday was an easy 8 and if you guessed Wednesday track you are almost correct.
Most of the group was running intervals but the marathoners (I guess that’s me) had a little tempo. The goal was 25 minutes at 7:05s. So of course my group stuck to the pace and nailed every mile.
I know I don’t believe it either.
6:54, 6:47, 6:36 and 6:41 for the last .71. The pack started to pull away on the last bit but I failed to mention we had 6 x 1 min hills after the tempo and I sort of want to finish them… good news I did.
Thursday was an ugly 4 mile recovery, Friday was a better looking 7 and Saturday I was back a the track for a surprise long run workout.
Now it wasn’t a complete surprise. I’d heard a rumor we were running a 17 miler with a 2 mile warm-up 8 miles at 7:45s, 5 miles at 7:12s and a 2 mile cool down, but for some reason I was still in denial that I was training for a marathon and I figured I’d get a nice little 6 mile tempo in.
I was wrong.
Luckily there was a nice group of us to run this one together.
Here’s what Garmin said I ran:
So… yeah, another fast workout (surprising no one).
For the most part I felt okay. The 8 miles was long and we were running faster than I wanted to run but all in all it went well. The last 2 miles were fast but they were down hill and to be honest I just wanted to be done with the workout and apparently 40 seconds I saved made a big difference.
The 2 mile recovery was miserable but I made it though and even managed and easy 10 on Sunday, so all in all a solid week even if I can’t seem to run an assigned pace.
Weekly Mileage: 56
Guess what week it is? Relay week! Yikes. And by relay I mean ultra relay in the desert with these peeps:
(stole this pic form one of my teammates)
I spent most of the week trying to recover and rest-up for the race: 0 miles Monday, 7 Tuesday, 4 Wednesday, 0 Thursday and Friday we raced! Well and Saturday we raced! And Sunday we slept.
Best weekly recap ever.
I promise an underwhelming race report in the near distant future.
Weekly Mileage: 47? maybe?
February 24th -March 2nd
Hold on tight kids, this week promises to be and equally amazing weekly recap.
Monday 0 mile (starting off strong), Tuesday 6, Wednesday 5, Thursday 0, Friday 6 and Saturday long run workout.
This one was even better than the previous week at 18 miles with another 2 mile warm-up and cool down but only 4 miles at 7:45 and 8 at 7:12s so you know what that means? Yep another round of let’s run this workout faster than we’re supposed too.
I wasn’t onto this workout at all and wasn’t quiet sure how recovered I was from relaying but I’m a sucker for peer pressure when it comes to running so here we go.
The 4 miles were okay, of course faster than I wanted to run and then the first 3 of the 8 were not awesome. We were fast and I wanted to slow down but I knew it was slightly downhill so I figured it would even out. We made it to 3 on the out and back and turned around and guess what… it was slightly up hill and now this really feels hard.
I somehow settled into pace and managed a solid workout (according our friends at Garmin):
Sunday I met my favorite birds for 10 easy miles and some coffee and called it a week.
Weekly Mileage: 45?
Happy to get some miles in and even a few races. Guess this spring marathon thing is happening…