After a few really stellar weeks of training, my first week of taper was just okay – not spectacular, but far from miserable. Like many other runners, taper time is rough for me. I’m really pretty horrible at resting – … Continue reading
In honor of Marathon Monday and all those pushing their limits and realizing dreams on the roads of Boston, I’m revisiting a post from December 13th, 2011. Here’s to dreams that become goals and goals that become reality! Who doesn’t … Continue reading
Week 16 was a BIG week – in fact, it was the biggest week of training in my short running career – I finally hit a 40 mile week! Monday: 60 minute hip hop class Tuesday: 3 miles @ 10:47, 5.5 … Continue reading
I can run 20 miles straight without walking a single step. Rock. On. I need a new sports bra, and pronto. Running has removed whatever filter I had left. I will talk unabashedly about poop, snot, and chafing where the … Continue reading
Week 14 was taper week, week 15 was recovery week! I took it easy this week to let my body recover fully from Athens before tackling 20 miles this upcoming weekend. Life also threw me some obstacles, so a lighter … Continue reading
Week 11 was my fourth week of focusing on quality strength training sessions, and I’m pleased to say that I’m seeing a HUGE difference in my running! A few weeks ago, my IT band was very unhappy. I started doing … Continue reading
The decision has been made. I won’t be running the Athens Marathon this year. But, I WILL be running the Athens Half Marathon this year. In the wake of my IT band issues and in the interests of coming back … Continue reading
Week 5 started on a not so great note. My last long run had me discouraged and frustrated that my legs didn’t seem to be handling marathon training very well… at all. It was clear that my body was telling … Continue reading
Remember when I said this: It’s great to finally feel the way I should at the beginning of a new training week – rested and ready to tackle everything Week 4 has to offer! Wop wop. Yeah, Week 4 can … Continue reading
Week 3 is done-zo. And it was okay. Not stellar but not horrible either. When I left off last week, I had just abruptly ended a long run run 3 miles early with some ugly IT band / hamstring pain. … Continue reading
Week 2 is in the bag. I’ll say it was an interesting week. I had a couple really awful runs, one really good one, and one that ended early and with ice packs. Thankfully I know that bad runs count, … Continue reading
After two abysmal runs, I was a little nervous to tackle my first official speed work session, both for this training cycle and ever. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about!
I had 5 miles on the schedule, with 4 x 800 meter repeats followed by 800s meters of recovery. I had a bit of trouble figuring out how my new Garmin worked, since it was my first time setting for an actual workout as opposed to just hitting start and stop and letting it autolap, but once I figured it out, I warmed up for one mile, being very careful to take it slooooow. Painfully slow.
I hit the first interval, and sent some good vibes out into the unviverse. One sweat hour later, I was done with my first speed work session, flushed and exhilerated!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m using paces based on a 4:30 marathon time from the MacMillan Training Calculator, so I was trying to hit between 8:28 and 8:50 paces for my intervals.
Interval 1: 8:52
Interval 2: 8:37
Interval 3: 8:46
Interval 4: 8:29
Other than the first interval, I was spot on with my paces, even hitting the very bottom of it on my last 800. Especially considering what a struggle my earlier workouts were, I’m pleased with how my first speed session worked out. I have to say, it was difficult but not “Omg, I’m gonna diiiiiieeee”, and switching from fast to recovery made my 5 miles fly by in no time.
Yesterday afternoon, my right IT band was definitely a little tight, so I made sure to stretch it out. My legs were noticeably tired, but today, I feel no worse for wear. I made the most of my rest day by enjoying my early morning coffee slooowly, pick up some new good reads at Half Price Books with my husband, getting Indian for lunch, and taking Moka for a w-a-l-k in the afternoon sun.
Tomorrow, it’s 14 miles. Let’s do this.
Oh, Barney. You’re so funny. Also, here are some great training tips from Marshall. My personal favorites? Proper nutrition: Eat all of your breakfasts runner style. Positive reinforcement: You.are.a.robot.sent.from.the.future.to.win.the.marathon! In conclusion, if you haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother, … Continue reading