Overall, training is going really good and despite a crazy schedule, I am happy with the workouts I am getting in. I’m taking more rest days, at least 2 a week lately due to a busy schedule. I have also reach a point in my training plan where I get a break from Speed Work and now have Strength Work instead.
So what is the difference? Basically, for Speed Work, I am running fast, not all out but definitely exhausting paces. Towards the end of my training plan, I switch to Strength paced workouts which are uncomfortable but overall really only about 10 seconds faster than goal marathon pace. The strength workouts are generally longer intervals so having them slower and not all out is much more manageable and keeps my hamstring happy.
Sunday – Orange Theory but we ran 3 miles of hills during class! and Spin Class
Monday Strength Work – 1 mile WU, 3×1.5, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 7 miles @8:30 pace
Tuesday – 8 miles @8:34 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – AM Run – 5 miles @8:16 pace, PM Run – Tempo! 1 Mile WU, 7@tempo, 1 mile CD – 9 miles @8:05 pace (14 total for the day)
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Outside – 19 miles @8:56 pace.
I had some really awesome paces during my long run OUTSIDE with some hills, everything felt really good til just after mile 16. The hamstring started to pull and then the abductor so instead of 20 miles I did 19. My last 2 miles were slower and it just wasn’t worth it to keep going.
Sunday – Spin Class
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Strength Work – 1 mile WU, 3×2 mile, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 9 miles @8:11 pace
Wednesday – Orange Theory class but I didn’t keep track of running mileage probably around 2 miles.
Thursday – Tempo! 1 Mile WU, 7@tempo, 1 mile CD – 9 miles @8:06 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Malachi Race – 3 mile WU, 5 mile race, .5 CD – 8.5 total
I had one minor issue with a cranky calf last week but happy that it was an easy fix. It was mostly just really sore from Orange Theory so it’s ready for a pounding this week.
I saw this quote last week and have been obsessed with it.
I also like this quote because it seems to always be snowing in Cleveland…but I like the snow. Sorry guys!