This week I took a little step back on the mileage, but it was a good, quality week nonetheless. And I swear it was the week of hills. I had rest days on both Monday and Thursday as well as easy recovery miles on Wednesday and Saturday. Marathon pacing began this week, which was rather exciting.
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Hill Repeats! 8X400 meter hills up at 10k effort with 30 second rest, down at half marathon effort, 60 second rest with two miles warm up and cool down.
Wednesday: 6 recovery miles.
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Speed Session! 3 miles at half marathon pace, 3 minutes recovery. 2 miles at half marathon pace, 2 minutes recovery. 1 mile at 10K pace, 1 minute recovery. 2 miles warm up and cool down.
Saturday: 6 recovery miles.
Sunday: Long Run! 8 miles easy, 6 miles at marathon pace, 4 miles easy – 18 total.
I was puppy sitting this week and was a little afraid to leave the little girl alone for too long, so I was fairly happy my plan called for two rest days this week. And I was able to keep most of my workouts fairly close to home so I could check in on her. And I managed to get her out on a couple of warm up & cool down runs with me, though she needs a lot more leash training before she goes on anything longer!
I also gathered a lot of hills this week. Everywhere is a hill! I even went off to another town in search of a flatter road and still managed to be going up hill. According to my Garmin data I accumulated 3,515 feet of elevation gain over the last week. Hill repeats aside, that’s a lot of UP!
I am getting confident on the hills, which is all I can really ask for at this point. I’ve gotten better at holding a solid pace on the ups and being less afraid & letting myself go on the downs. I am thinking that the hills of Boston will not be a problem.
The weather all week was fairly decent. Mother Nature cooperated and only rained/snowed on my off days, which was truly appreciated. However, my long run was a bit damp. If I had had a treadmill I would have been temped to stay indoors. It was miserable – raw, cold, drenching rain. Connecticut saw record rain fall on Sunday and I had to run through it. The fog was dense, the wind was gusty, and the water was freezing. But, I am honestly glad that I pushed through it. I was tempted several times to cut the run short, but I decided to hold on. What if it rains on race day? I need to be prepared for all conditions. Sometimes that means sucking it up and running through the rain. No it wasn’t fun, but I got it done and I like to think I’m better for it.
All in all I had a fairly good week. My hill repeat workout wasn’t the best, but I nailed my pace work in both the speed session and on my long run. I ended the training week with 48.5 miles and am feeling pretty good about it. Wow – only 9 weeks left!