Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!
Just wrapped up another week of marathon training today. Despite the fact that this week involved spring break, a trip to the beach, and frantically trying to get organized, the training went great and I got every run in. The only thing that I slacked on a little was the planking, so no new PRs, but the streak is still going strong. Today will be day 50.
Monday - Mile Repeats
Monday involved mile repeats and I had to wait to do them until the afternoon and was unsure of what to expect because of that but it ended up being a good workout. Mile 1 was a warm up at 8:12/mile. 2-4 were mile repeats at 6:53 avg (6:49, 7:00, 6:50). Mile 5 was a cool down at 8:23. 7:27/mile for the whole thing. Plank streak day 44 was 6 minutes.
Tuesday - Easy Long Run
Knowing that I had to make an 8 hour drive on Wednesday and it probably wasn't smart to try to run before or after it, I decided to make Tuesday into a longer run to be able to take a day off on Wednesday. Got 8 miles in at 8:38/mile. Plank streak day 45 was 4 minutes.
After Wednesday's day off, I had fresh legs which was great for exploring the boardwalk in Atlantic City. I cruised the boardwalk for 5 miles at 8:05/mile and then worked in a .5 mile cool down on the beach. Discovered how hard beach running is in the sand. Plank streak day 47 - 6 mins.
On Friday I set out for another 5 miles along the boardwalk. 5.1 miles at 8:41/mile followed by plank streak day 48 for 8 minutes.
Sunday - 20 Mile Long Run
Saturday was another 8 hour drive back to Ohio so I knew that I had to move the long run to Sunday...which meant I would be doing 20 solo miles, because as much as my running partner is willing to accomodate my schedule, asking him to do 20 miles on Easter Sunday was too much even for him. I had nightmares about the run the night before because I knew I had a lot working against me, because I was on vacation all week and ate like crap, knew I would be running without my partner, and I figured the park would be empty because it was Easter. However, when I got to the park everything changed. People were out walking, running, and cycling to enjoy the gorgeous weather, the sun was shinning, and there was no wind. My legs really enjoyed moving after being confined to the car yesterday and I hydrated really well for this run. Everything felt good today. I also could finally eat candy now that Lent is over so I made candy my mid-run snack and used it as motivation. 8:49/mile which was just about right where I wanted to be pace-wise.
Another great week of training down, and it came to 43.1 miles at 8:29/mile. 36 Minutes of planking. Legs feel good and I'm proud of myself for logging the miles during break/vacation. The ice bath I took today helped with the recovery too.