A solid group of women makes the 14 miles fly by.
Isn’t it funny (or painful?) how a workout that looks so simple on your training plan can hurt so badly? We all went into this one thinking, ‘what a piece of cake!’ I thought we wouldn’t even notice this workout with only 21 minutes of running fast! First, the loop was full of hills (above picture of the cool-down), and I swear each interval landed on the most challenging sections. Second, it’s incredible how long a minute lasts when you are doing a fartlek. My 6-minute fartlek (that was basically killing me) pace was just a touch under my goal marathon pace for Boston.
This always happens though… At the beginning of a training cycle, my mile time is my goal marathon pace. Something magical happens over the months of training and that mile time turns into tempo pace and then into marathon pace.
Here’s how week 2 of Boston Training went:
Monday: 10 miles @ 8:42 pace on fresh snow and 1k elevation gain.
Tuesday: 8 miles @ 8:43 average
Wednesday: 5 miles w/u outside, workout at the indoor track. Ladder workout 400, 800, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 (with half recovery jogs ((i.e., 800m jog after the 1600m interval)). 12 miles total, and I’m not sure about the times for the intervals because I was keeping track of the laps on my watch ((5 per mile)), but I put in a solid effort!
Thursday: 11.37 miles @ 8:25 average
Friday: Off, but I did some strength.
Saturday: 14.7 miles @ 7:32 average pace. 6 minutes, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 fartlek with half recoveries (i.e., 3-minute recovery run after the 6-minute fartlek)
56 miles for the week!
And onto the rest of the weekend:
Knox is quite the trooper in allowing the neighbors (that are much younger than him;) to paint his face.
We got out to ski!
Skye can officially keep up with everyone!
We hot tubbed afterward.
Sunday called for the laziest morning.
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Marathon runners… how many weeks do you prefer for a marathon training plan?
Those of you that use candy to fuel during your longer runs… which candy do you prefer?
Have a favorite recipe from one of your parents/relatives?