I have been MIA for what seems like forever in the bloggy land! I am sooo sorry for the lack of comments, but I spent last Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday in bed nursing a cold. It was awful. I haven't been sick in so long and I forgot how crappy it can be! This cold was the kind that just knocks you down, I had zero energy to do much. The cold symptoms weren't as bad compared to the fact that I had little to no desire but to do anything!
But in true type A, crazy runner fashion, I still managed to get my runs in. That was pretty much all I did. I would sleep in, have some breakfast and then head over to the gym to slog out the miles. Then it was home for a shower and back to bed to watch all the awful daytime TV I could handle. I will say though, being home sick does allow you to get caught up on all of your DVR shows! Score!
I am officially starting BOSTON training today and couldn't be more excited! Last week I some-what followed the training plan for week one, so I guess you could kind-of say that it started last week. I am happy to report I got in 40 miles and even managed a long run and a 25 mile bike ride and brick workout! Whoo hoo!
Wednesday I came home early from work and decided I still needed to get my miles in. Like a crazy woman, I managed to get my 7 miles in with the speedwork.
7 miles 53:32 - 1 mile warm up at 8:00/mi pace, 5 miles at 7:30/mi pace and 1 mile cool down at 8:32/mi pace.
I was spent after this! I felt like I was gonna puke the whole time, but damn it! I had speedwork to do and I got it done!
Thursday and Friday I just did five miles each at 8:00/mi pace and got the heck out of the gym. On Saturday I was feeling much better but not wanting to run. So the hubbs and I got on our bikes and headed over to a really beautiful trail, the Coyote Creek trail and rode for 25 miles! My butt is still sore! This is one of my favorite trails to run on, too. It is challenging with lots of rolling hills. When we were done, I got off my bike and hit the trails for three miles. Wow! What a workout! I have so much respect for you tri people! Those were miserable miles but felt oh soooo good! I managed the three miles in just over 25 mins or about 8:30/mi pace. I hope to do that again really soon! Great cross training!
Finally Sunday I knew I had to do a long run. And I was actually feeling pretty good. So after Mass my hubbs and I headed out.
14 miles 1:53:38 8:07/mi pace I hit this one dead on. I wanted to keep an 8:00/mi pace and I think I came pretty darn close! I am shooting for a low 3:30 finish time in Boston, so I am going to keep trying to have my long runs in the pace and time. I was wiped at the end, but I am not sure if that was because I am still recovering from my cold or it was just plain cold out and a hard run.
I have a quick question for all you running peeps. As you all know I am doing the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. As you can see, I will be racing on a Monday and then back for another marathon on the following Sunday - less than six days later. Yes, I know I am crazy for taking it on. But I am wicked excited! A once in a life-time experience. My question is though...should I train any different? Should I maybe be adding in some double days? Should I just focus on Boston and then hope to survive Big Sur? I know I will not be pulling out any great time in Big Sur, but I also don't want to be completely misserable. So what are your thoughts on this...any suggestions or thoughts are welcome!
I am back to the grindstone this week. The weather here in NorCal is perfect for running, low to mid 50's. My week should look a lot like last week so I know what is ahead for me. I am soooo behind in my Google reader but I promise to catch up everyone! Congrats to all you peeps that raced this weekend! From what I hear, you all did awesome!
Have a great Monday! Happy Running!