So, I have been working with Jen pretty much since the week after the Glass City Half (and my half PR), but I have not written a weekly training update AT ALL, so I figured, now is as good of a place as any to start. So let's take a look at this past week in training, 14 weeks until Chicago!
Monday: 7 miles with 4x striders. 7.54 miles at an 8:25 average
Wednesday: 6 miles, easy pace. Treadmill set at 6.7 and left it alone.
Thursday: 8.87 miles, 2 tempo-ish miles, then 3x1 mile @ 7:07 average pace
Friday: 40 minutes elliptical, strength training
Saturday: 14 miles, 8/mile average pace. Then the color run (all-star game version)
Sunday: one hour walk with a baby and a dog (3.4 miles)
43.4 miles (including the color run and walking miles).
1 day speed work
1 long run
two days XT
one strength workout
That speed workout was a tough one. Luckily I had Charlie with me and he played rabbit on the mile repeats. By the third one, I really needed him to push me, and so he took off, and I did my best to stay on his shoulder. We made it though. The cooldown of that workout was VERY slow, but I was on a high for the rest of the day because of the success of the workout.
I had my first distance OVER a half of this training cycle, and for some reason I am always nervous going into this run. I got up at 4:30 am so I would have some time to drink a cup of coffee before heading out for the run. With 14 on the schedule and not knowing how it was going to feel, I figured I would plan on giving myself 2 hours, so that put my goal pace around 8:34/mile. I knew that the coffee was going to be necessary, I have been struggling when running in the morning before coffee, and I decided to eat a picky bar as well before heading out.
I was feeling a little crappy when I left the house, and brought no water and no fuel. Potentially, a bad idea, but oh well. After a mile and a half I paused my watch, hid behind a big tree, and peed. That is the first time I have EVER done that. I ran the miles how I felt like running, and didn't worry when I logged a few 8:04-8:05s in a row. I ended the run at an average of 8:00/mile, and according to garmin, beat my half marathon time from Glass City in April (by about 9 seconds, but still!).
All in all, I had a fantastic week of training.