Can it really be just 5 weeks until Boston? While I’m excited and cannot wait to get to Boston, I’m also a bit in disbelief that it is coming up so soon. The good news is that I had another great week of training. I feel that my calf issues are about 90% gone and for that I am very grateful. Let’s get to the recap of last week’s training:
Miles ran: 57! This ties my high mileage week from when I was training for the New York City Marathon last Fall. Most of the miles are still on the slow side because I’m choosing to trade the speed for some extra mileage right now as I’m coming back from injury. It may not be the smartest way to do it, but it’s working for me and I’m loving running this amount of mileage. Plus it is matching up with the Hanson’s Marathon Plan that I am following.
Monday - 7 easy miles on the treadmill
Tuesday – 9 miles outside, including 3 x 2 mile repeats. I made myself do this workout outside since I usually find comfort in doing the faster paced workouts on the treadmill and I know I need to challenge myself to hold pace outside where it seems so much harder for me. It was good to push myself out of my comfort zone, although I’m still not back at full speed because I am hesitant of how my calves will hold up.
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – 11.5 miles outside. Another run that I made myself do outside. With the Hanson’s Plan, the Thursday runs are supposed to be at marathon pace, but this just hasn’t been happening for me (unless I head to the treadmill, which I’m trying to break myself of). So, instead, I took a route that has a good bit of hills in so I could at least get some slow paced hill work done.
Friday – 6.5 easy slow recovery miles outside with Maverick
Saturday – 16 miles outside. I managed to do 14 miles last weekend, so was hoping to get to 16 this weekend, which is the longest run in the Hanson’s Plan. I did the first 9 with my running buddy, Sherri. Sherri is coming back from a stress fracture and nailed this run. It has been great to run together again and we are training for an upcoming marathon that we are going to do together (more details coming in a later post). After Sherri left it was difficult to head back out for another 7 miles, but I forced myself to continue on and gutted out those remaining miles to hit 16. My longest run of this marathon training cycle.
Sunday – 7 miles on the treadmill. After running outside most of the week, I took the easy way out this morning and went to the gym. With the time change it was still dark out when I had to get started and I decided to hit the treadmill for an easy, mindless recovery run. Not a single person was working out when I got to the gym, it was a little lonely.
Coming up this week…Spring Break! We are going to my dad’s in Tucson, where I cannot wait to warm up and soak in some sun by the pool. And, of course, get in lots of running and maybe even a bike ride.
Anyone else on Spring Break this week? Plans to go anywhere?
Is it warming up where you live?
Do you like the time change or not? I like that it is light out later in the evening, but not that it is dark now in the mornings, just when I was getting used to getting outside for my morning runs.