Sunday, April 09, 2017

February 13 - April 9 Training

April 3 - 9

Mon: AM - 10.1 miles easy (7:34); It was raining very heavily, so I chickened out and ran on the treadmill.  PM - 4.5 miles easy (7:26)

Tue: AM - 8 miles easy with 8x20s pickups (7:06); PM - 4 miles easy (7:41)

Wed: AM - 10.4 miles including 5x5:00 fast, 2:00 easy on rolling hills.  Goal was to run around 10k effort and just get a feel for some higher intensity over and down the hills.  Covered 5.9 miles for the 35 minute fartlek and averaged 5:28 pace for the faster running.  PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:34)

Thu: AM - 8 miles easy (7:24); PM - 3.1 miles easy (7:55)

Fri: 7.8 miles with 8x20s pickups 

Sat: 17 miles including 3x3 miles at 5:40-5:45 with .65 jog at 6:15 pace.  Last long run and marathon workout before Boston.  The last two long runs contained at least 10 miles of continuous marathon pace, so this run was somewhat a reduced marathon workout.  The first 3-mile segment felt very smooth with even splits of 5:43s (17:09).  On the 2nd segment, I had to stay focus so that I wouldn't drift off pace.  I ran 5:42, 5:42 and 5:39 (17:03).  This segment didn't feel as easy, but it also wasn't too hard.  The last segment is where I felt most controlled. I ran 5:40, 5:40 and 5:38 (16:58).  In the last mile, I was averaging 5:35 pace for the first 1/2 mile before I slowed things down.  There was no sense of running faster than I needed to.  This run was a good confidence booster going into the last taper week.  I ran in my new Saucony Boston Freedom ISO, which I plan to race in on Patriot's Day.  

Sun: 5 miles easy (7:42)

Weekly Total: 83 miles on 11 runs/ 7 days
I enjoyed this week with the drop in mileage and am looking forward to even more of a drop next week. While 83 miles may still seem like a ton of mileage with just over a week till race day, it really isn't when you think percentage of peak.  I peaked at 110 miles during this marathon training cycle, so percentage wise, this training week was only at 75%.  


March 27 - April 2

Mon: AM - 9 miles easy with 8x20s pickups (7:13); PM - 5 miles easy (7:20)

Tue: AM - 10.3 miles with 12x2:00 on/1:00 off on rolling hills (6:27). Ran the 2:00 at about 5:00ish track effort.  The tough part of this workout, besides the uphills, is the 1:00 minute recovery.  They seem to dry up very quickly.  I ended up covering 6.1 miles for the 36 min fartlek.   PM - 6 miles easy (7:20)

Wed: AM - 8 miles easy (7:35); PM - 4 miles easy (7:52)

Thu: AM - 10.1 miles with 4 miles of 30s fast, 2:30 moderate.  Ran the fartlek on a slight rolling hill course with the 30s at 4:45-4:50ish pace and the 2:30 recovery around 6:15 pace.    Good workout that didn't take a whole lot out of me.  PM - 5 miles easy (7:23)

Fri: AM - 5.6 miles easy (7:22); PM - 7 miles easy (7:16)

Sat: 19 miles long run; 3 miles w/u, 10 miles at 5:45, 1 mile jog, 2x1/2 uphill, 2x1/2 downhill, 2 miles c/d.  Felt really good and smooth.  Ran a portion of the 10 miles on the 2.1 mile golf course loop and some on the track.  Ran 56:26 for the 10 miles, 5:39 pace.  Following the MP run, I jogged a mile to Bluntville Ave for the 1/2 mile repeats.  Felt pretty strong on the uphill repeats running 2:44 and 2:41 for the 1/2 miles.  Instead of the usual double between the uphill/downhill, I only ran a 1/2 mile recovery before the 1x1/2 mile downhill. Ran sub-5:00 pace with a split of 2:26.  Got in some pounding on the downhills.  Overall, this was an excellent workout, and I finished the run feeling like I could have ran longer and faster.  Good sign!  

Sun: AM - 7.1 miles easy (7:23); PM - 4 miles easy (7:37)

Weekly Total: 100.2 miles on 13 runs/ 7 days
This was my last really tough week and the last time I'll hit the triple digit mileage for a while.  Of the last 14 weeks of training, I had a total of 10 weeks at 100 or more miles.  


March 20 - 26

Mon: AM - 10 miles easy with 8x20s pickups (7:07); PM - 5 miles easy (7:28)

Tue: AM - 11.3 miles including 6x1 mile with 1/4 mile jog. Goal was to start at 5:10ish and work down to low-5s.  Ran 5:10, 5:09, 5:06, 5:05, 5:06, and 5:06.  The first three intervals felt good, but the last three were tough.  PM - 6 miles easy (7:27)

Wed: AM - 12 miles with 10 miles moderate over rolling hills working down to 6:00 (6:15).   Thought this run was going to feel tough on the legs after yesterday’s workout, but that wasn’t the case.   I actually felt great and averaged 6:05 pace for the last 10 miles.  PM - 5 miles easy (7:14)< Thu: AM - 8.1 miles easy (7:15); PM - 6 miles easy (7:20)

Fri: AM - 5.7 miles easy; PM - 6 miles easy with 8x20s pickups on slight hills. Ran four uphill and four downhill pickups.  Tough long run tomorrow. 
Sat: 24 miles long run; 2 miles w/u, 4 miles each at 6:10, 6:00, 5:50, 5:40, and 5:35, 2 miles c/d.   This was a tough and strong long run workout.  The first and second 4 mile sections felt very smooth and comfortable.  On the third 4-mile section at 5:50, I still felt okay, but it wasn’t a walk in the park.  The 4th 4-miles at 5:40 felt a little tough, but I had no problems hitting the paces.  On the last 4-miles, I split 5:34 for the first mile, but could not hang on for the last three.  I was only able to run 5:39, 5:41 and 5:41 pace.  My 4-mile splits were 24:30 (6:07), 23:52 (5:59), 23:10 (5:47), 22:40 (5:40), and 22:36 (5:39).  

Sun: AM - 8 miles easy (7:27); PM - 3.2 miles easy (7:32)

Weekly Total: 110.4 miles on 13 runs/ 7 days
Wow, what a great week of training!   It was my second time hitting 110 miles during this marathon training cycle.  I definitely got in a good variety of workouts and volume.


March 13 - 19

Mon: AM - 9 miles easy with 6x20s pickups (7:09); PM - 5 miles easy (7:28)

Tue: AM - 12.6 miles including 3, 2.5, and 2 miles tempo with 800 rec jog.  The goal was 5:25 pace for the 3 miles, 5:15 pace for the 2.5 miles and 5:10 for the 2 miles.  It was freezing cold (24 deg with real-feel of 13) and the legs never felt it could run faster than 5:25ish pace.  I wasn’t breathing hard, I just couldn’t push the pace.  On the 2.5 mile tempo, not much changed and I still ran 5:25 pace instead of 5:15s.  When the legs started to feel very heavy on the last lap of the 2.5 miles, I decided to call it the day.  The legs obviously was not recovered from the rolling hills long run.  PM - 4.1 miles easy (7:34)

Wed: AM - 4 miles easy (7:56); PM - 12 miles progression working down to 6:00 pace (6:31)

Thu: AM - 8 miles easy (7:14); PM - 4.4 miles easy (7:20)

Fri: AM - 8 miles easy with a mile of in/outs (7:11); PM - 4 miles easy (7:20)

Sat: AM - 18.5 miles long run with 60 min fartlek of 3:00 fast, 3:00 steady over rolling hills.  Averaged 5:31 pace (5.4 miles) for the fast sections and 6:15 pace (4.8 miles) for the steady recovery.  This was a tough, but good workout for the Boston course.  PM - 4.4 miles easy (7:38)

Sun: AM - 6.2 miles easy (7:48); PM - 4.8 miles easy (7:31)

Weekly Total: 105 miles on 14 runs/ 7 days
Finally back in the triple digit mileage.


March 6 - 12

Mon: AM - 6 miles easy (7:17); the plan was 9 miles with pickups, but I was short on time.  PM - DNR; move-in day to our new home.

Tue: AM/PM - DNR; big fat ZERO for the day.  The house is littered with boxes and unpacking them seemed more important than running.  Well, in all honesty, I was too exhausted to fit in a run.  Hopefully, this won't become a habit.

Wed: AM - 13.5 miles including 5x1 mile with 1/4 slow jog, 1 mile jog, 4x1/4 mile downhill at 5k effort. Goal was 5:10ish or just under for the mile repeats.  Ran the mile repeats on a 1/2 mile path (out and back), because the high school track right across the street from my house doesn't allow anyone besides students to use the track.  Man, I was pissed! Anyways, I ran 5:09, 5:08, 5:06, 5:06 and 5:06 for the mile repeats.  The last two reps were tough.  For the 1/4 mile downhill, the goal was to beat up the legs.  That I did.  Ran 67, 66, 68, and 68.  PM - 6.6 miles easy (7:28); 20 mile day. 

Thu: AM - 10.1 miles easy (7:03);  PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:22); ran into the high school track coach and got permission to use the track for future workouts. 

Fri: 11.1 miles including fartlek of 10x2:00 on/2:00 off on rolling terrain (6:38); Averaged 5:13 pace for the on's and 7:21 for the recovery.  Tough session after only one easy day between workouts.  PM - 4.7 miles easy (7:31)

Sat: AM - 8.1 miles easy (7:47); PM - 4.9 miles easy(7:55);

Sun: 22.2 miles long run on rolling hills (6:37); exploring new routes in the area. 

Weekly Total: 92.3 miles on 10 runs/ 6 days.
This was supposed to be a high mileage week (~110), but I missed three runs. 


February 27 - March 5

Mon: AM - 8.2 miles easy (7:18); PM - DNR; travel to Disney

Tue: AM - 10.5 miles easy with 8x20s pickups; went from running in winter conditions in KC to warm and humid conditions in Florida.  PM - 4.8 miles easy (7:37); late night run after spending the day at Disney.  Legs are beat from walking all day.  I really wanted to skip out on my 2nd run, but I've missed too many of them the past week. 

Wed: AM - 12.2 miles with failed fartlek of 10x3:00 on/ 1:30 jog.  Goal was to run the 3:00 starting at 5:25 pace and work down.  I knew this was going to be a tough workout to complete because I was already feeling exhausted before I started the run.  I ran the first three repeats at 5:23, 5:21, and 5:21 pace, but the effort felt a lot harder.  After running only a 5:39 pace for the 4th rep, I decided to call it the day.  Ended up running the remaining miles as a long cooldown.  PM - DNR; was planning on running 3-4 miles very easy, but again the legs were beat from Disney. 

Thu: AM - 11 miles easy (7:20); too tired to wake up early so I end up suffering in the Florida heat. PM - DNR; tough workout on Saturday, so I'm giving the legs some rest.

Fri: AM - DNR; travel back to KC.  PM - 5.4 miles easy (7:19); legs feel back to life.

Sat: 23.1 miles including 5x2.5 miles at 5:40-5:45 pace with .65 miles jog at sub 6:20 pace.  Successful workout.  Ran the 2.5 miles in 14:22 (5:45 pace), 14:19 (5:44), 14:11 (5:40), 14:12 (5:41), 14:04 (5:38) and the .65 miles recovery jogs in 4:03 (6:14 pace), 4:05 (6:17), 4:04 (6:15), 4:03 (6:14), and 3:55 (6:02).  Was really glad to nail this workout after feeling exhausted throughout the week. 

Sun: AM - 8.1 miles easy (7:29); PM - 4.6 miles easy (7:41)

Weekly Total: 88 miles on 9 runs/ 7 days
This week was the most tired I've felt in a long time.  At first I thought I'd have no problems getting in my runs because I'm on vacation.  Unfortunately, vacation doesn't actually mean rest, especially if it's a vacation to Disney World.  Ha!  I had a ton of fun with my family, so it's all worth it. 


February 20 - 26

Mon: AM - 10.2 miles with 8x30s fast, 2:30 at 6:15 pace (6:41).  I enjoy this fartlek run, because you get in some fast running while teaching the body to recover at a moderate pace.  Covered 4.05 miles (5:55 pace) for the fartlek section.  PM - 6.1 miles easy (7:49)

Tue: AM - 8.7 miles easy (7:24); PM - 6 miles easy (7:31)

Wed: AM - 13.1 miles including 6 miles alternating 5:45 and 5:10 pace.  Goal was to alternate a mile at around marathon and 10k effort.  This was an intense workout towards the end, but I managed to get through it.  The toughest part of the workout was trying to recover following the faster miles.  I'd feel like I was going into oxygen debt during the start of the 2nd and 3rd slower miles, but would finally recover after about 600m.  Ran splits of 5:44, 5:11, 5:45, 5:10, 5:46, and 5:06.  PM - DNR; moving day.

Thu: AM - 10 miles easy (7:15); last run in Maryland.  PM - DNR; road trip begins.

Fri: AM - 11.3 miles with 7.3 miles moderate (6:13); first stop on the long road trip from Maryland to Kansas.  Ran on the Caperton Trail in West Virginia.  PM - DNR

Sat: AM - 8.5 miles easy (7:27); it was 35 deg, rainy and 30mph winds in Terre Haute IN.  Treadmill was much better than suffering in the cold. 

Sun: 24 miles long run (6:19); with the past few days of travel and missed 2nd runs, my plan was to try and get in a long run of at least 20 miles when I arrived in Kansas City and before flying out for a short vacation tomorrow.  Felt amazingly good and smooth throughout the run. 

Weekly Total: 98 miles on 9 runs/ 7 days
Not too bad of a week considering I spent three days traveling from MD to KS.  I do wish I would have gotten out for a short run on Thu or Fri to put me over 100 miles. 


February 13 - 19

Mon: AM - 5.4 miles easy (7:36).  Very windy.  PM - 8 miles moderate (6:20); holy windy, 20 mph winds with gusts up to 30mph.  Felt sluggish in the first mile, but smooth the rest of the run, even with the windy conditions.

Tue: AM - 8 miles easy (7:28); PM - 6 miles easy (7:56)

Wed: AM - 11.7 miles with 20x1:00 on/off fartlek.  Started around 5:10 pace and worked down to 4:55ish pace for the 1:00s.  Averaged 5:00 pace for the on's and 7:32 for the recoveries.  PM - 6 miles easy (7:21)

Thu: AM - 10 miles easy (7:02);  PM - 5.8 miles easy (8:56); my last run with the lunch run group on Aberdeen Proving Ground. It's been fun running with these guys

Fri: AM - 6 miles easy (7:44);  PM - 4.2 miles easy (7:31)

Sat: AM - 22 miles long run (6:29); started out easy and worked down to upper 5s by the end.  Ran in Arlington, VA on the Mt. Vernon Trail. 

Sun: AM - 7 miles easy (7:37);  PM - Did not run; getting the house ready for the packers tomorrow.

Weekly Total: 100.2 miles on 12 runs/ 7 days

This week's training was a little more conservative and I'm glad it was.  This was my last week stationed at APG, and between work out-processing and preparing for the movers, things were pretty busy and stressful. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 6 - 12 Training

Mon: AM - 10 miles easy with one mile of 100m strides, 100m jog (7:13);  PM - 5 miles easy (7:40)

Tue: AM - 10 miles easy (7:12); PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:56)

Wed: AM - 10 miles with 2x2 miles tempo with 1/2 mile jog.  The goal was to run the first 2 miles tempo at 5:15 pace and then the second at 5:05 pace.  The first two miles actually didn't feel too bad and was able to complete it in 10:26 (5:13, 5:13).  The second 2 miles, however, was very tough.  I came through the mile in 5:03.  I was hurting pretty good and even doubted myself that I could run another mile at 5:05.  So, I decided to take a very short rest before proceeding with the last mile.  Ended up running a 5:07 for the last mile.  PM - 6 miles easy (7:20)

Thu: AM - 8.4 miles easy (7:41).  Yesterday was 66 degrees and sunny, and 12 hours later it's 30 deg and snowy!  PM - 4.7 miles easy (7:38)

Fri: 8 miles easy with 8x20s pick-ups (7:19); big workout tomorrow, so only one run for the day.

Sat: 20.1 miles with first 6 miles at 6:15, 6 miles of 3:00 at 5:30 pace, 2:00 at 6:15 pace, 1 mile jog, 6 miles at 5:45, 1 mile cool-down. (5:59 overall avg).  Tough long run workout.  The first 6 miles moderate (37:09, 6:11 pace) felt nice and comfortable.  After the moderate 6 miles, I rolled right into the fartlek workout, which I programmed into my watch as 7x3:00/2:00.  With the prescribed paces (5:30/6:15), the 7 repeats put me at 6 miles (6.08 to be exact).  The fartlek went really well for the first 5 repeats. It wasn't until the last two repeats that the paces started to feel tough and the legs feeling like bricks.  During the mile jog, I thought to myself "how in the world was I going to run 6 more miles at 5:45 on heavy and tired legs."  It turned out that my legs were able to handle the 6 miles at MP effort.  I ran the 6 miles in 34:05 with the mile splits at 5:38, 5:42, 5:40, 5:41, 5:41, and 5:40. 

Sun: AM - 8 miles easy (7:41); PM - 4 miles easy (8:10)

Weekly Total: 100.3 miles on 12 runs/ 7 days
This was the toughest training week so far of my Boston Marathon training cycle.  The volume is down a little (though, I still hit triple digits), but Saturday's workout made up for it. 

Monday, February 06, 2017

January 30 - February 5 Training

Mon: AM - 8.3 miles easy with 8x20s pickups (7:04); PM - 5 miles very easy (8:19)

Tue: AM - 15 miles including 3 miles tempo at sub 5:30, 1 mile easy, 4x1/2 mile uphill, 2x1/2 mile downhill with jog down/up recovery.  This was a long morning at the office.  Ran the 3 mile tempo in 16:17 (5:24, 5:25, 5:28) with the first 1.75 miles on the track and the remaining 1.25 miles on the road.  The last mile felt tough because of a slight gradual increase in elevation.  After the tempo, I jogged a mile to the golf course, where I ran some hill repeats at tempo effort.  Man, running 1/2 mile uphill repeats is no joke!  Ran 2:42, 2:44, 2:44, and 2:42 for the uphills and then two downhill repeats at 4:50 pace (2:25, 2:25).  PM - 5 mile easy (8:02); a 20-mile training day.

Wed: AM - 10 miles easy (7:06); felt lazy early in the run, smooth for the middle miles, and tired in the end.  PM - 5 miles including APFT 2-mile in 10:30. I had my Army Physical Fitness Test, which to be honest, I wasn't expecting much for the push-ups and sit-ups.  I haven't done much muscular endurance workouts over the last six months, so I would have been happy if I knocked out 80 push-ups/sit-ups.  I exceeded my expectations and cranked out 100 push-ups and 95 sit-ups.  For the 2-mile, I ran at a hard tempo effort finishing in 10:30 (5:20, 5:10).

16 years and keeping the streak alive!
Thu: AM - 8.3 miles easy (7:12); upper body and abs are tight and sore from the APFT. PM - 5.2 miles easy (7:33)

Fri: AM - 10 miles including 12x400 at 70-72 with 200 slow jog.  400 splits were 72, 71, 72, 71, 70, 71, 71, 70, 69, 69, 69, & 70.  I actually ran a 69 for the last rep but stopped my watch a little passed the line.  PM - 5 miles easy (8:25)

Sat: 22 miles long run (6:51); Nothing spectacular about this long run.  I ran a workout yesterday, so the main purpose of this long run was spending time on my feet.  Did two loops of a 10-mile loop that included some flats, uphills and downhills.  The uphill was a long 2 mile climb from 6.5 to 8.5 miles and 16.5 to 18.5.  Running the hill on the 2nd loop was a bit tough, but it was a good simulation of the Newton Hills (in terms of the mile markers). 

Sun: AM - 8 miles easy (7:10); PM - 3.1 miles easy (8:05)

Weekly Total: 110.3 miles on 13 runs/ 7 days.  This was my highest weekly mileage since March 2011.  It's also my 5th 100+ mile week of this Boston Marathon training cycle. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 23 - 29 Training

Mon: AM - 8.9 miles easy with 4x20s pickups (7:15); body felt about 80% coming off the flu.  Didn't have much push off on the pickups.  PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:19). Miserable conditions; very cold, windy and rainy. 

Tue: AM - 10.1 miles easy (6:59); took another easy day to make sure the body was back to its normal state.  PM - 4.2 miles easy (7:38)

Wed: AM - 14 miles including 6x(800m, 400m).  The goal was sub 2:25 for the 800, 68s for the 400 with 400 recovery jog after the 800 and 800 jog after each 400.  This was a very tough workout and probably the first time attempting to run 800s at sub 2:25.  I ran (2:23, 69), (2:21, 67), (2:23, 66), (2:24, 69), (2:24, 69), and (2:26, 70).  Things got really tough after the 3rd set. I thought about stopping the workout after five sets, but toughed it out and completed all six sets.  On the last 3 sets, I fought hard on the 400s to hit 68s, but could only managed 69/70.  I swear the legs felt like bricks!  PM - 5 miles very easy (8:18)

Thu: AM - 10.4 miles moderate progression working down to 6:00 (6:23); felt very smooth and comfortable. After the run I went straight into doing circuit training for my Army physical training.   PM - 4.3 miles easy (7:50)

Fri: 10.1 miles easy (7:25); legs felt very heavy and tired from the consecutive workouts (intervals, moderate progression and circuit training).

Sat: 21 miles long run (6:30). Ran the first 14 miles easy on rolling hills, the next 5 miles at sub 5:45 pace, and then 2 miles cooldown.  I ran a similar workout (fast-finish long run) four weeks ago, but the fast-finish portion was at sub 5:50 pace.  Comparing the two, I felt more comfortable and smooth in today's run, which is a good sign that my marathon fitness is improving. 

Dec 31, 2016                                      Jan 28, 2017
Sun: AM - 6 miles easy (7:44); PM - 4.1 miles easy (7:48)

Weekly Total: 103.3 miles on 12 miles/ 7 days
Solid week of training!  I couldn't be any happier with how my body responded coming off of the stomach flu two Saturdays ago.  One day I was laying in bed the entire day, and a few days later I was knocking out one of the toughest intervals sessions.  And I also got back into the triple digits for the weekly mileage.  Life is good! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 16 - 22 Training

Mon: AM - 9.3 miles with 8x20s pickups (6:58); ran the pickups lightly because the legs really didn't feel like running fast.  PM - 4.7 miles easy (7:39)

Tue: AM - 12 miles including 4 miles threshold at 5:20-5:30, 1 mile easy, 2x800m w/ 800m jog; ran the 4 mile tempo in 21:34 (5:28, 5:25, 5:22, 5:19), 5:24 avg pace.  The first 2-3 miles felt relatively smooth and comfortably hard.  The last mile, however, was a bit tough and I could feel the legs starting to get heavy.  After a mile easy jog I ran 2x800.  The goal for the 800 at sub 5:10 pace, but I was much faster than that.  Ran 2:29 and 2:28, respectively.  PM - 5.8 miles easy (7:28)

Wed: AM - 9.3 miles easy (7:04); PM - 5 miles easy (7:19)

Thu: AM - 9.5 miles including 3x90s uphill, 3x90s downhill.  Didn't treat this as a "real" workout, but more like some tougher and longer strides.  Covered .29 miles of uphill and .33 miles of downhill for the 90 seconds.  PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:20)

Fri: AM - 7.3 miles easy (7:28); PM - 5 miles easy (7:17)

Sat: Did not run. Caught the stomach bug.  Probably the worst sickness I've had in a very long time. 

Sun: 8.6 miles easy (7:21);  legs felt heavy in the early miles, but better as the run progressed.  I had planned to run another 5-7 miles in the late afternoon, but decided it was probably best to give the body a bit more rest coming off the flu. 

Weekly Total: 81.7 miles on 11 runs/ 6 days
I would have ended the week at 105 miles had I not caught the flu.  Oh well.  The good thing is that I have a really strong base and background, so a missed day or two of training wouldn't affect my fitness.  If anything, it will likely charge my batteries a bit more. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 9 - 15 Training

Mon: AM - 10 miles easy with 6x20s pick-ups (6:53); it was freezing (10 deg) and my toes were already frozen about a mile into the run.  PM - 4.6 miles easy (7:14)

Tue: AM - 11.5 miles including fartlek of 10x3:00 on/1:30 off on rolling terrain. Started out at 5:30 flat effort and worked down to about a little faster than 10k effort.  Covered 7.5 miles for the 45min fartlek and averaged 5:25 / 7:34 pace for the on/off segments.  These fartlek on rolling terrain are tough workouts, but it's what will prepare me for the Boston course.  PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:29)

Wed: AM - 8 miles easy (7:56); it was very slippery/icy from rain freezing overnight.  I thought about turning back and running on the treadmill about a mile into the run, but that never happened.  I would have been better off wearing ice skates on this run.  PM - 4 miles easy (7:01)

Thu: AM - 9.4 miles including 16x200m at 32-33 with 200m slow jog; hit all of the 200s in 32 seconds except for the 2nd rep (33).  PM - 6 miles easy (7:19)

Fri: AM - 6.2 miles easy (7:38); PM - 5.1 miles easy (7:39)

Sat: 20 miles long run (6:25); first 4 miles easy, 12 miles steady working from 6:20 to 6:00, last 4 miles easy.  Felt pretty good and smooth on the steady running.  Averaged 6:07 pace for the 12 miles.  

Sun: AM - 7 miles easy (7:27); 5.2 miles easy (7:32)

Weekly Total: 102.4 miles on 13 runs/ 7 days
This was my third straight week at 100+ miles.  I remember years back I'd think that hitting 100 miles in one week was a major milestone.  Now, the triple digit mileage is considered "just" another week of marathon training.  

Monday, January 09, 2017

January 2 - 8 Training

Mon: AM - 8.2 miles easy (7:20); PM - 4.1 miles easy (7:38).  Looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, only because I'll be able to knock out my second run during lunch hour and have the evenings free to play with the kids.

Tue: AM - 10.7 miles including 5x1k at sub 5:05 pace w/ 400m slow jog, 4x200m fast w/ 200m jog.  Workout went really well, probably one of my better interval sessions I've had in a while.  My 1k splits were 3:06, 3:08, 3:06, 3:06 and 3:06.  I was pretty happy to see that all of my splits, with the exception of the 2nd rep, were consistent at 3:06 (4:59 pace). For the 200s, the goal was to close hard and fast while keeping good form.  Again, I surprised myself with the splits and ran all of them in 30s.  PM - 5.1 miles very easy (8:11); Running 8:00+/mile felt really good after this morning's workout. 

Wed: AM - 8.1 miles easy (7:20); PM - 5 miles easy (7:12)

Thu: AM - 9.3 miles including 4x1/4 mile uphill, 4x1/4 mile downhill.  Ran the uphill repeats in 72, 73, 73, 72 and the downhill repeats in 61, 63, 61, and 61.  Got in some really good work, and by the end of the workout I felt like I needed a new set of lungs.  I ran this same workout three weeks ago in 76, 78, 79, 80 for the uphill and 66, 65, 64, 63 for the downhill, so today's workout was a nice improvement.  PM - 4.9 miles easy (7:32)

Fri: AM - 7.5 miles easy (7:41); PM - 5 miles easy (7:21)

Sat: 22.4 miles long run (6:49).  Man, it was freezing (23 deg with a real-feel of 15).  I managed to finish my run before the roads were covered in snow.  This week's long run was nice and easy with the main purpose of spending time on my feet.  Ran the first 13 miles on rolling hills and then the last 9 miles on fairly flat ground. 

Sun: AM - 6.6 miles easy (7:23). Today was even colder with a real-feel of 3 degrees!  There was also snow on the ground from yesterday, but luckily the roads were still runnable; PM - 4 miles easy (7:30)

Weekly Total: 101.1 miles on 13 runs/7 days
A good week of training that included some decent variety (speed, hills and endurance).  It was also the coldest week with temperatures well below freezing from Thursday through Sunday.  I really don't mind the freezing temps, as long as the roads are not too icy/snowy to run on.