Now we’re getting serious. It’s been a long time since I cracked 40 miles in a week, which isn’t really all that much when it comes to marathon training, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. Another milestone is going 14 for 14 on scheduled runs so far in the training plan. Hopefully I’ll be able to say I went 74 for 74 by the time the race rolls around, but we’ll see.
Monday I had to drop my car off to get a little TLC. What’s that? Serendipity? Yes, it is. With 4 miles on the schedule and the service center 4 miles from work, I think you know what happened next. A nice, easy 4 mile run saved me from needing to find a ride to work first thing in the morning. Who says running is pointless?
Tuesday I got up nice and early to crank out 10 miles and was pleasantly surprised to see how low my heart rate stayed considering my pace. I also got talked into going for a lunch-time swim with some coworkers. Who am I to turn down some cross-training fun? I woke up Thursday nicer and earlier to get in an 8 mile tempo run so that I could make it to work for an early meeting. Those tempo miles felt really good, considering how ho-hum everything else that week (and the week before (and the week before that)) had been.
Thanks to an overnight email from Europe, Friday turned into a scramble to get to work extra early. I took the liberty of stepping away from my desk after the emergency was handled and went for another 4 mile recovery run. Later on I got the weekly “Saturday Run” group email which usually consists of approximately 6 characters like “6:30 bs”, which is code for Barton Springs at 6:30am. That’s not a typo. Meet at 6:30am. I joined the group of guys (who are much faster than I am) for my 15 miles. They called it a day at 11 miles, but not before rocking my legs with some fast paces up some non-trivial hills. I relished those last four solitary miles at my own more human pace.
The week as a whole went well, getting in all my runs despite some work-related complications. Next week the mileage goes up a little more and the intensity gets a little harder. Things are starting to get serious.
|Monday||4.00 Miles||36:47||9:12 min/mi||137 bpm|
|Tuesday||10.07 Miles||1:24:08||8:20 min/mi||150 bpm|
|Thursday||8.00 Miles||1:02:52||7:51 min/mi||154 bpm|
|Friday||4.02 Miles||37:21||9:17 min/mi||139 bpm|
|Saturday||15.06 Miles||1:58:53||7:53 min/mi||159 bpm|
|Total||41.14 Miles||5:40:01||8:15 min/mi||151 bpm|