Did you do anything for St Patrick’s day? Everyone thinks I’m Irish with the red hair, but I’m not and we really don’t have any St Patrick’s day traditions. However, the town has a parade this afternoon that we might try to attend.
I just hit the point this week where I’m looking forward to wrapping up this marathon cycle. It’s good timing! It means I’m working hard enough to be ready to pull back, yet I don’t feel as wiped out as I have in some previous training cycles.
I cut my long run back a bit this week in preparation for a half next weekend, but overall am keeping the intensity high.
Unfortunately, winter keeps rearing it’s windy, snowy head so a few more treadmill miles this week:
Monday : 6 miles easy (9:45ish pace) + 5 x 15 second hill strides
Tuesday: 11 miles with threshold work and mile repeats (on the treadmill, unfortunately)
2 miles warm up
3 miles (ave 6:50) with 400m recovery
2 miles (ave 6:41) with 400m recovery
1 mile each at 6:18, 6:15 with 2 minute recovery
Plus cool down. I felt really strong on this run! Of course then I worry if I could repeat these paces outdoors – I almost jumped into a 5k this weekend to get some practice running hard in a short race but opted not to. Either way, it was a solid workout and included the two fastest mile splits I’ve ever run. #progress
Wednesday: 9 easy (8:40 ave)
Thursday: 45 minute pool run + squats, lunges + core
Friday: 6 easy run (9:20) with 4 x 30 second pick ups (5:45–> 5:30) + short upper body ST session
Saturday: 12 miles (8:05 ave) with 613 elevation
I broke this run into hills for 2-3 miles, then eased into 5 at MP and finished with 3 miles of hills at the end and one flat cool down mile. It was tough! But in a good way. I can feel myself getting much stronger on the hills than I was a year ago. I haven’t run up this first monster hill in 6+ months and it’s always a 10+ minute mile, so I was happy to hit 9:15. #moreprogress
What I’m making this week:
- Roast acorn squash + salmon
- Chicken fajitas with grilled onions/peppers and homemade guacamole
- Quinoa minestrone
- Ground turkey meatballs with rice spaghetti noodles
- Plus Apple Oatmeal Raisin muffins (using almond meal in place of the ww pastry flour)
Tomorrow marks 4 weeks until the Boston marathon!!
Are you counting down for a particular race this spring?