The month of August has actually been pretty good to New England. We got some rain, but not a washout and the heat was fairly tolerable. I faced the same challenges in the past quarter that I did earlier; time and childcare. My overall weekly mileage did increase, but I’m still under 50 miles a week, which I fear is going to end up being inadequate. I did have an easier time settling into my stride this quarter and was able to kick the pace up with little effort. I also got in several quality track session (with the kiddos in tow) and feel that my overall strength and endurance is well ahead of where I was at this time last year. In short, I am doing well and am pleased with my training.
Weeks 5, 6, 7, & 8 were only 42, 42, 43, and 49 miles respectively, but I got some good, quality work done. Week 5 ended with a 10k (and an awesome PR), and I managed to do interval training the next three weeks. Track workouts left me feeling tired, but strong, and my long runs on weeks 6 & 7 consisted of some pretty spicy hills. Overall I am faster and able to hold faster speeds longer. My cruising pace now is what my race pace was last year and my race pace is now what my intervals pace was. I am pleased with my progress.
The sun shows up later and later these days. My 5am runs were awfully dark, so I adjusted my time to 5:30 am. But this meant that I had a half hour less time to work with. Every morning that I ran I weighed my options of running in the dark vs skimping on warm ups & cool downs and cutting a run short. And then this past week even 5:30 was dark! I know I can’t get away with starting any later and I’m running out of reliable childcare. And I can drag the kids to the track only so many times before they start to rebel…
Thankfully school starts this week which will make training in general a lot easier. But it also looks like we are closing in on a house, which may put a kink in some things. I am putting a lot of planning into September’s training schedule so that I get the most quality out of each run. I am also looking forward to getting in a bit more speed workouts and going further on my long runs. While I am feeling pretty great, I plan on continuing my P.T. stretches and exercises. I also now have a bike! (I haven’t had a bike since I was in middle school.) So I am hoping to add some cross training a few days a week. I am also focusing on hydration, fueling, and meal planning in the next few weeks as I close in and get closer to race day.
How is your training going?!