Monday, April 9, 2012

IL Marathon, week #13

Lucky #13... fortunately week #13 was good to me!

Last week was the biggest week of this training cycle, and to be honest, I'm glad it's over! While I definitely felt BA with my workouts and mileage, I am ready for a cut-back week.

I put in 62 miles total, which is a weekly mileage personal record. Never been in the 60s before! (And I'm not sure I'll ever be there again. :-P) 

I had a really great track workout - 4x1600m that went super well. (Aside from the whole locking myself in the stadium and having to climb a 6 foot fence to get out. Heh.)

I felt strong on my long run, which was supposed to be 20 miles but ended up being 21.4. The last big long run of this training cycle. Funny that my 14-miler on the schedule for this week seems like nothing. 

As for next week, since I'm three weeks out, the first week of taper is here. I'll be cutting my mileage a bit, down to just 45-48 miles this week, along with a 13-14 mile long run. I'm also hoping to get a tempo run in and some MP running. 

Weekly Rundown 4.2.2012-4.8.2012
Mon - 8.2 miles easy
Tues - 4x1600m w/ 800m rest (6:17, 6:19, 6:17, 6:15); 9 miles total
Wed - 6.5 miles easy (am); 4.2 miles easy (pm)
Thurs - Rest
Fri - 21.4 miles LONG (7:52 avg)
Sat - 5.4 miles easy
Sun - 7.6 miles easy
TOTAL - 62.3 miles

In other news, we traveled home for the weekend to spend some QT with our families for Easter. My mom & I headed to the local running store because they opened in a new location, and we wanted to check out the new store. Plus, I was due for a new pair. (Funny how when you're putting in 50-55 mile weeks, your shoes only last you about 2.5 months before they hit 500 miles.)

Anyway, since I've been wearing the Mizuno Wave Creation for about 7 years, I decided to get fitted again because who knows if I might be better off in a different shoe? The technology has certainly developed a lot since I was last fitted for a running shoe, and it was pretty fun. I had my feet scanned with this neat laser thing and they put a picture of my feet up on a screen to see how I pronate, etc.

See my feet up on the screen?
It turns out I'm pretty neutral, and after trying a few different pairs (Nike & New Balance), I settled on the good ole' Mizuno Wave Creation. Yes, I'm back in the same exact shoe. At least I know it works for me. 

I also was coerced into purchasing some 'real' running socks - aka tech socks with no cotton. Oh my, where have these been all my life? My feet feel so much better in them. If you haven't tried running in tech socks yet, I definitely suggest that you do.

Other notable pics from the weekend - only the craziest ice cream that my mom & I found at the grocery store. Which we definitely purchased and devoured. Yummmmm.

"Soft rolls of peanut butter cookie dough folded into chocolate ice cream swirled with Denali Moose Tracks fudge." 
And the classic Easter egg cake. My grandma makes this cake, which is baked in an old ham tin, every year. About a half a slice gets eaten, every year. But it's tradition. It wouldn't be Easter without the egg cake. I don't like coconut, so that's my excuse for not eating the egg cake. I definitely helped out with the jelly beans on the side though.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! 


Have Your Way said...

O my goodness!! That ice cream looks like HEAVEN!! Yeah I def. would have NOT had a bite of the egg cake either. I use to like coconut and now I dont. Yeah Im a weird person! haha

Brooke said...

Hi Sara! I never post anything, but wanted you to know I LOVE reading your blog! Im training for the Flying Pig marathon in a few weeks and am definitely guilty of copying many of your workouts! Good luck at the race!

Sara said...

@Brooke - thanks for commenting! I ran the Flying Pig last year... it was my first marathon. I'm glad you're using some of the workouts, hope they're helping you improve! Definitely let me know how your race goes!

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