Friday, August 17, 2012

This Week in Training

The Maine Marathon is just over six weeks away! I just had to check that and I have to admit it got my heart rate up a bit with anxiety. Yikes, I'm really doing this thing. Like I said in my last post, I put that craptastic 22-miler behind me and had two decent runs since. I'm really hoping that one was my last. 

If Miss Zippy said it, it must be true. That lady is a smart cookie and knows her stuff. 

I gave myself an extra day of rest after said long run and swapped my runs, so I did my tempo run on Wednesday and my track workout today. 

Tempo - 1 mile easy, 4 miles @ marathon pace (8:49), 1 mile easy
My splits - (9:28) 8:51, 8:56, 8:42, 8:40 (8:44)

Track - 3x(2x1200m) @ 5:27 w/ 2:00 rest between intervals, 4:00 rest between sets
I underestimated the time it would take to complete this run, so I did 2 sets of 3 instead, basically meaning I rested less. And big surprise, I forgot to check my target pace, so I went on feel. It was a nice change this morning to have the temperature read 60 degrees. I had goosebumps at the start!
My splits - 5:38, 5:40, 5:42, 5:41, 5:41, 5:33
I was off my pace, but at least I stayed consistent. I was enjoying not struggling to breathe with the lower temps, instead of really pushing the pace. I'm still considering this a successful run as I was dreading this one a little, hence pushing it all the way to Friday.

Now for a little bit of fun tomorrow to celebrate Jill and Jess's birthday, then a long day of work on Sunday (6am-10pm), and a long solo run on Monday...I hope I make it!


  1. You'll make it!!!! & for sure - you got your bad run out of the way! They will all be much better from this point on. I cannot wait until tomorrow night!

  2. I've only done one marathon, but I had a really rough 20 miler in that cycle too, and then the marathon itself was fine-- other than the "normal" challenging last few miles. :) You'll be ready!

  3. I found that about 75% of my long runs were just horrendous. My actual marathon was not bad until there was only 0.5 miles left (and anybody can get thru that!) I'm really looking forward to geting back to my training plan post-injury, your training report is making me jealous! :-)

  4. Hey - I tagged you in today's post.

  5. holy cow 6 weeks!!! exciting! and yes, the bad run is out of the way. everything goes UP from here!


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