Whoops I let two weeks go by! This past week of running consisted of very little treadmill time, and 79.9 miles. Can you believe I didn't go for the last .10 to make it 80 miles? Neither can I. I am mellowing in my old age. Below is a recap of my week.
- Monday - 12.25 miles easy at 8:01 average pace
- Tuesday - 10 miles easy at 8:17 average pace with 8 x 20 second strides
- Wednesday - 3 mile warm up, 2 x 4 miles at 6:54 (marathon pace) with a .5 mile recovery jog between sets, 2 mile cool down
- Thursday - 10 miles easy at 8:21 average pace
- Friday - 8.5 miles easy at 7:58 average pace
- Saturday - 7 miles easy at 7:57 average pace
- Sunday - Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon - 1:33:39, 7:09 average pace. My goal for this race was a steady effort of 7:00 to 7:20. More on that race below.
- 3 strength training sessions lasting 30 to 40 minutes
This past Sunday was the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon. I ran this race last year for the first time as marathon pace practice for Boston, and I loved it! This year the race was the same great course, same great volunteers, same great organization, but not the same great weather! The real feel was 11 degrees according to Accuweather, which is far better than 80 degrees but challenging in its own way. To be honest, if Amy had not been with me I may not have gotten out of the car!
The week leading up to the race I wasn't sure what my plan was, but given that I am running the Martian Half Marathon in three weeks in hopefully much better conditions, I decided to use this race as a steady state run, aiming for 7:00 to 7:20 minute per mile pace. As a friend reminded me, not every race has to be a "race". This was an (almost) 80 mile week and that alone is not a recipe for a personal best.
I wore a tank, pullover, neck warmer, full length tights, and my new Nike Zoom Fly shoes. I can honestly say I have never been so cold at the start of a race, and that didn't really change the entire 94 minutes I was running. The wind was challenging at times, and honestly, as much as I tried to be positive, my mental game was not strong that day. This could possibly be because it was not a true race, but I am disappointed I wasn't more positive and encouraging to myself. On the bright side, the 7:09 average pace I ran for the 13.1 miles felt quite manageable, and not like an all out race effort.
I was not in love with the Nike Zoom Flys. I have worn them for a few treadmill work outs and liked the feel, but on the roads I like something with a lower profile and more ground feel. They also came untied TWICE (see below photo as I am discovering my shoe has come untied yet again!) and I know it cost me a far bit of time to stop, take my mittens off, tie my shoe, put the mittens back on, and get moving.
I am seeing this race as a solid work out and turning my focus to the Martian Half Marathon on April 14th, where I will be wearing different shoes! I definitely have a score to settle with the half marathon distance given that my 1:30:04 PR nowhere near lines up with my marathon PR, and I'd like to change that. In order to give my legs enough rest to truly race, it would mean altering my training for the week or two leading up to the race. As I say often to the runners I coach, pick a lane. Am I in the half marathon PR lane, or do I stay in the Bayshore marathon training lane? To be honest, I have weeks of high mileage and good work outs under my belt, and a few down weeks probably wouldn't hurt me at all in terms of marathon training. It might even be beneficial. Stay tuned.