I did some very "light" running on Saturday. It felt good to just stretch my legs out after the insane 400 repeats I did Friday night. My training schedule said I could spin or "jog" for 60 minutes. We don't have a spin bike yet and our gym membership has been cancelled so I just "jogged" for about 30 minutes and then called it good. That was as productive as I got on Saturday.
I am feeling great about the harder workouts and added mileage. I really feel like the switch I have made to Matt being my coach has been nothing but positive. My total mileage for the week was 53.89 (another mileage record for me!!!!!). The threshold workouts are getting easier for me, but those 4 X 2 mile repeats are still tough! I keep trying to compare them to Bloomsday, but it doesn't seem to work (It is all mental).
Today I had my last 19 mile run for my training plan. The next long runs are all 22 and 24 milers (eeeeek!!!!). I woke up to a BEAUTIFUL day so I was excited to be able to run outside. My first 9 miles were at my easy pace (8:00-8:30). I was spot on pace and ran an average of 8:02. The next 10 miles were at my marathon pace (7:20-7:30). I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to maintain the pace, but I nailed it....7:20 average pace. There were a couple of times where I thought "this sucks" I want to be done NOW, but even when I am tired, I know that is when I have to step it up another notch.
Right now I am feeling thankful on many levels. Thankful for my gift to run and the beautiful weather in Spokane today. I am also thankful for my compression sleeves, massage stick, and hot epsom salt bath. 50 mile weeks takes a toll on your body! :-)
This is how I am rocking my Sunday afternoon. Yep, I probably look like a dork!
This next week will be my 4th week on my new training plan (only 8 more weeks until Eugene!). My mileage will be increasing a touch. I have some longer "long" runs on the schedule and my mile repeats will be getting longer. I can't wait for EUGENE!
Questions for you:
Did anyone do anything fun over the weekend?
How many people are running a spring marathon? Which one?
Happy Running everyone!