Week 8 of 16
Halfway to Houston! 8 weeks down, 8 weeks to go! I have 5 more weeks of hard work followed by 3 weeks of taper and then it’s race day! Training has been going by SO FAST and I am feeling SO GOOD.
I was nervous heading into this week, as it was my highest mileage week and longest long run in my training. I started out with 4 miles on Monday and Run Club on Tuesday. Oh my god it was cold on Tuesday night but it was Dave’s birthday so we couldn’t miss.
Wednesday I had my first real workout planned. 4x800s at 10k pace (7:00) with recovery at marathon goal pace (8:00). I really wanted to take my time with this and not feel rushed so I opted for the treadmill. If you’ve been following along, I am not a fan of the treadmill but I thought it would also give me a really good idea of where I’m at with a steady, set pace in a controlled environment. It went by surprisingly fast. Incline set to 1.5, warm up/recovery/cool down at 7.5mph and half mile repeats at 8.5mph, 8.5mph, 8.6mph, 8.8mph.
That same night I went home and took Georgie out for a mile. It was dark out and she did awesome! We ran the mile in 8:40 and only made ONE quick bathroom stop. She was totally focused in the dark with no sniffing and hardly any distractions.
A late Friday morning phone call from Lindi Lou lead to a change in weekend long run plans. It was a crappy morning but the afternoon turned out to be beautiful. The sun came out and there was a slight breeze. She offered to ride with me on Friday if I wanted to get it over with and that’s exactly how I looked at it—let’s just get it over with! I felt great. The last 3 miles were a bit of a struggle but that was expected. My goal was 8 minute pace (2:08:00) and I ended up running 2:07:52. Right on! It was wonderful going to bed on Friday night knowing I only had a short run planned for Saturday.
· 8 weeks until the Houston Marathon!
4 miles (28:56)
Marathon Sports Run Club! 3.25 miles (25:21)
Taught spin class. The playlist: Old Time Rock & Roll Spin Playlist
10 push ups
5 miles with 4x800 treadmill (37:58)
1 mile with G (8:40)
0.92 miles with G (9:08)
16 miles with mama on the bike (2:07:52)
3.78 miles (28:25)
Taught spin class. The playlist: Jumpin’, Jumpin’ Spin Playlist
10 push ups
G mileage disclaimer: None of the mileage reported with Georgie is straight, consistent running. We may run 1 mile in 9 or 10 minutes but in reality we probably covered a 2-3 mile distance with a mix of walking and running. I stop my watch every time we start walking.
PS Let's go Buffalo! #BillsMafia
This week’s mileage: 34 miles
This week’s G mileage: 02 miles
November Totals: 96 miles
2015 Totals: 636 miles