In Kansas, if you want to run outside in the summer, you have to become a morning runner. So, that’s what I have done. Most mornings this week, I woke up before the sun and hit the road by 6:30am. Although I really have to nudge myself out the door, I generally run and feel better in the mornings.
This week was the 2nd of the Hanson’s Training Plan and the first full week of training. Most of the runs were easy with a track workout on Wednesday. So far, I feel great. I love the plan and the high mileage! I tend to do very well with low intensity but high mileage training plans. The track workout was a thrill, although I did take it a little too quick. I was having a rockin’ day, so I just went with it.
These are my paces:
Goal Marathon Time: 3:45
Goal MP: 8:35
Speed: 7:33 – 7:52
Easy: 9:35 – 10:35
LSD: 9:05 – 10:35
I know that I am only in the second week of training, but that goal marathon time looks real scary. It is doable, but I am seriously going to have to work for it. Whatever… I’ll get used to looking at these times eventually.
This week’s training:
M: 6 miles easy pace
T: 6 miles easy pace
W: 1 mile WU – 12 x 400 – 1 mile CD (1:45, 1:52, 1:48, 1:47, 1:52, 1:47, 1:53, 1:47, 1:48, 1:28, 1:52, 1:50)
T: 6 miles easy pace
F: 8 miles easy pace
S: 4.4 miles easy pace
Total: 38.4 miles
The highlight of this week was definitely the track workout. My paces were supposed to be 1:53 – 1:57, which I never actually hit. I was always well below that. However, I never felt like I was pushing it and I actually felt like I could have done a lot more after I was done. It’ll take time, but I’m sure I’ll start to get closer to my paces, especially with the cumulative fatigue. I gotta say though, that random lap at 1:28 was FUN! (side note: I used to sprint the 400 & 800 in high school, and I was very quick at it. I often feel like my body is more well-suited to sprints like that than long distance.)
On Sunday, I was supposed to go for 6, but instead cut it a little short. It was getting very dark out and I was feeling pretty crappy because of my allergies. Unfortunately, summer marks terrible allergy season for me here in Kansas, which can make running rather difficult.
Overall, it was a good and rather uneventful week, which is perfect for a first week of training. I am having some trouble getting myself out the door each morning. I think I’m still a little burnt out from Colfax. I’m sure that will subside, especially as I get a little closer to Chicago. Right now, it just seems so far off.
I didn’t take my camera with me on my runs this week, so I will leave you with a picture of my perfect cat, Elly.
How was your training? Who out there is running Chicago?