Sunday, March 25, 2012

IL marathon, weeks #10 & #11

It's that time again... time to look back at the last couple weeks of training.

The past two weeks have been two solid weeks of training, which is great a confidence-booster for my lil' mind.

Two weeks ago was the start of some awesome spring weather. And by spring, I really mean summer. Temps in the 70s & 80s make this runner very happy. 

I got in lots of easy miles, plus a 3x1-mile repeat workout. (Supposed to be 4x1-mile.)

I also raced the Get Lucky Half on Sunday (with a 1:30:14 PR!), and turned it into an 18-mile long run. Yes, a bit crazy, but fun.

Weekly Rundown 3.12.2012-3.18.2012
Mon - 7.6 miles easy
Tues - 7.6 miles easy AM plus 4.4 miles easy PM
Wed - 3x1-mile with 0.5 mile jog (6:20, 6:15, 6:22); 7.6 miles total
Thurs - Rest
Fri - 7.3 miles easy
Sat - 3.3 miles easy
Sun - Get Lucky Half, total 18.3 miles
Total - 56.1 miles

This past week has gone just as well - another week of mileage in the mid-50s.

My main focus was recovery from the half, so I didn't worry too much about a speed workout. However, by Thursday my legs were feeling pretty awesome, so I busted out a speedy run which happened to be right at dream goal marathon pace. Coincidence? I think not. I finished the run with 8.1 miles at 7:27 average. 

Saturday I ran my second 20-miler of this training cycle - and it was one of the best long runs I've ever had. The stars all aligned, and I felt pretty much invincible. Definitely helped that I had some friends along... I'm tellin' ya, running for 3 hours at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning is the popular thing to do. 

Weekly Rundown 3.19.2012-3.25.2012
Mon - 7.3 miles easy recovery
Tues - Rest
Wed - 7.4 miles easy
Thurs - 8.1 miles GMP (7:27 avg)
Fri - 5.3 miles easy
Sat - 20.6 miles LONG (8:03 avg)
Sun - 6.2 miles recovery
Total - 54.9 miles 

One last exciting thing of the week... my favorite place for ice cream in the Bean Town opened for the season yesterday. Ohhhhhh yum. Chocolate avalanche with Oreos & cookie dough. And two of my fav students work there, so they hook me up.

Love how they put extra cookie dough chunks on top of the already made avalanche. 
And you better bet we are going back again tonight with friends. (What can I say? I love ice cream.) 

As for training this week... I'm looking at a bit of a cut-back week. Hoping for about 50 miles total, with a long run of 13-15. I've also got a tempo run on tap, so that should be fun. 

Have a great week!


Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Incredible weeks of training lately! That ice cream look pretty much incredibly too, yum!

Running Girl said...

You are amazing with that training! Congratulations on all of your awesome work. You are so inpsiring - and, the ice cream looks amazing. :-)

Mudrunner said...

It was a great run, thanks for sharing this to us. Looking forward for more updates. Congratulations for a great job well done. Nice posts too, and informative one.

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