Only four weeks to go until the Boston Marathon! Time seems to speed up as the race gets closer. I'm hoping we have seen the last of the snow and ice and it will be smooth sailing as far as running conditions go from here on out. I ran 77 miles last week, a slight cutback from the previous week.
Monday - 13 mile easy run at 8:01 average pace
Tuesday - 9 miles easy at 8:02 average pace. I finished this run with 8 x 20 second strides.
Wednesday - big workout! After a 3 mile warm up, I completed 4 x 2 mile sets at a target pace of 6:45 - 6:38 per mile, with 90 seconds of standing recovery between sets. My actual average paces for the four sets were: 6:44, 6:44, 6:42, 6:41. I ended the workout with a 3 mile cool down. I was very apprehensive about this challenge, as I always am for speed work. I felt like I was ready for it and focused on being confident and not allowing any doubt to creep into my head. This is really difficult for me but it's something I am really working to improve upon right now. So yes, I can now comfortably handle 6:40 miles, but not gonna lie, those 90 second standing recoveries felt amazing!
Thursday - 10 miles easy at 7:55 average pace
Friday - 8 miles easy at 8:39 average pace. I finished this run with 8 x 20 strides.
Saturday - 16 miles at 7:54 average pace. This run included 11 x 1 minute surges at half marathon effort - this was roughly 6:40 - 6:45 per mile pace.
Sunday - 7 miles at 8:39 average pace
This upcoming Sunday I will be running a local half marathon. Given that we're so close to Boston, it won't be a race effort, but rather a dress rehearsal for the marathon, so I can practice my pace and fueling strategy. I think I've mentioned before that I don't race often, probably not often enough, and I tend to stress easily in that environment. It's probably an easy fix - race more!!
This entire blog post has been composed on my iPhone, so please forgive any grammar and/or formatting errors. Check back later this week for my first shoe review post!