Friday I was able to head out of the office early (at Noon, whoo hoo!) and head off to the gym. I think only runners would be excited to have an early afternoon off from work to get home and run! The weather was warm again so I headed to the gym to get my track workout done. I really don't mind too much having to do it on the treadmill, it really forces you to keep going and not hit STOP! And you always feel like such a bad ass when you're revving up the speed when most everyone else around you is walking :) I had a ladder workout to do which will actually be incorporated into my marathon training this cycle so I wanted to see if it was at all even doable. Yes, marathon training starts this week!
The workout called for 2x400, 2x800, 2x1200 & 2x1600 with 400 rests in between. After the first set I decided to go backwards and start with the 1600.
400 @ 1:36 - nailed it the first time, second time 1:40 - my legs were done, it was the last one!
800 @ 3:20 - nailed it again!, second time 3:27 - legs were toast!
1200 @ 5:11 - no prob the first time, second time 5:14 - not too bad!
1600 @ 6:58 - again, not too difficult the first time, second time 7:03
I learned that this is a really, really hard workout and with only a 400 rest in between it wipes you out! The second set I just couldn't keep up, but I'm hoping that by the end of the 18 weeks this shouldn't be a problem. I'm also going to work in some Yasso 800's, as they have proven many times over that they are like clockwork when done regularly for marathon time prediction. I'm really shooting for a low 3:30 or so when I run Long Beach, so my 800's will be 3:30!
I also did really well with my core work this week, and if I just cut out the sweets I think I may have a six pack looming some where! LOL!
Saturday I just could not get up early to save my life. By the time I had breakfast and my coffee it was nearing 10 am! I had 9 miles on the books and it was getting warm out! Note to self: get lazy butt out of bed early on Saturday's in the summer! It was nearing the high 60's when I started out and low 70's when I finished. It was hot and sticky! I stopped in the middle to try some Sport Beans. I'm giving up on Gu, it just doesn't like me. And although the Sport Beans didn't bother my tummy, I couldn't really feel the "kick" like I do when I have a Gu. Maybe it was because it was hot as hell out and there wasn't anything going to save my butt, but I didn't feel like it did anything. I'm going to give them another shot on Sunday for my trail race but if they don't help, I'm going to have to keep trying other things out. I bought some Hammer Gel at the same time to try. But any suggestions would be helpful.
9 (hot & sticky) miles - 1:16:11 8:28/mi pace.
That run kicked my butt and needless to say the rest of Saturday was spent recovering :) 9 miles was as far as I had run since my marathons really so it was nice to almost hit the double digits again! I'll have a chance this weekend with my trail race and the weather should cooperate!
Sunday I actually got out and ran before Mass! I had wanted to do 5 recovery miles but some how that turned into a 10K. It was one of those runs where you feel great! Apparently my "recovery" on Saturday worked and my legs were up and ready. Maybe my legs actually like the early morning running? Nah! I would rather sleep in!
6.2 miles 48:33 7:50/mi
After my run and Mass we headed out to see the local AA baseball team play! My family and I LOVE baseball. In the summer, there is always a baseball game on in the background. Of course we have our favorite teams (Go A's!) but really, any baseball game is fun to watch. It was hot and muggy yesterday since we are predicted to have rain today and tomorrow in the Bay. The topic for everyone lately here is what the heck is up with this weather? It NEVER rains in May here, and yet we have already had a few days of rain and we're getting more this week! The only good thing to come of this is that the weather will be cooler this week and hopefully I won't melt. And they say Global Warming is a lie! Ha!
Marathon training starts this week and I'm actually super excited to have a plan again. Aimlessly running each day with out a spreadsheet to tell me what to do is hard! And it's so easy to just cut runs short. But I finally have my plan back and I'm excited. I think it may need some tweaks, but nothing more than cutting a few mid week runs shorter. I haven't done an 18 week training plan in a while so we will see if I'm burnt out come August.
Many of you raced this weekend! Congrats to Tonia for pacing her hubbs and Tara for her longest distance Tri yet! Great job girlies! I'm off to read recaps and get caught up with all of you!
Happy Monday and Happy Running!
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