Yikes, over a week has passed already since my last post. As I have mentioned before, I am going to try to update this as much as possible… Which gets a little hard sometimes, but hey I do it when I can.
This third week of running went very well. It was a little bit hectic in regards to training just because I had a race on Sunday and had to structure my week to adjust for that. Monday I did a long run of 14 miles which definitely has not a fun time because I did it a day after the 5k… Probably not the best idea but I had to get it in at some point. Wednesday and Friday were both workout days, I’ll go into each one of these separately.
So let’s talk about Wednesday’s workout. I did another alternating tempo, which was nice. What wasn’t nice however, was doing this workout in the middle of the day when it was about 95 degrees out. Yuck. The workout did end up going well, even though it felt a bit harder than last time, but I think it’s important to factor in the addition of 2 extra miles in this workout and the heat. The exact workout was 8 miles of alternating tempo work. The splits for this workout were 5:54, 5:38, 5:59, 5:36, 5:54, 5:33, 5:51, 5:16 (5:43avg). The whole workout including warmup and cooldown came to a total of 13 miles for the day. Very happy with how this workout went. I do have to work on focusing on hitting the times that I have planned for myself. For instance, the easier miles were supposed to be just about 6:00 and I was definitely a little faster on each one. I still think getting the right pacing is going to be very important if I want to run a successful marathon, so that still needs to be worked on.
Friday’s workout was a little different and a little bit faster paced. The workout was 5x2k at about marathon down to half marathon goal efforts with 2 minutes jog recovery in between. I have to say this workout was very tough. Definitely struggled a bit during this one. I made the great choice once again to go running this workout in the middle of the day so that could have a little something to do with the struggle. But the workout ended up turning out alright. The 2k splits were 7:01, 6:59, 6:56, 6:53, 6:34. Even though I was struggling a little bit still managed to push the last one. Not the smartest thing, but I definitely felt pretty good about it after the workout. Today’s total came to 12.5 miles including the warm up and cooldown.
Overall, I am satisfied with this week. It was a solid week of training with some solid workouts. The grand total of mileage for this week came to 80.62, so pretty high for the week, although this coming week is going to be even higher yet again. I’ll try to update again this week with a recap of each of the workouts. Until then, happy running!