Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! I'm writing this post with my appetizers baking and sipping on my gluten free beer and snacking on some chips and guacamole. You know you are fitness minded when you made sure to get a workout in this morning so you can enjoy Super Bowl party food. Definitely not as invested in this game since my Seahawks aren't in it this year (silent tears). But I still love football, commercials, and music so I'm already tuned into the pregame show. What's on my table for the Super Bowl? "Skinny" buffalo chicken dip (sub low fat cream cheese, cut the cheddar cheese in half and use low-fat, sub fat free Greek yogurt for the sour cream), chips and guac (my recipe is two avocados, a tsp of cilantro, a tsp of lime juice, a pinch of sea salt, and about a tablespoon of medium salsa), New Grist gluten free Pilsner beer, and green olives stuffed with jalapeños. Life is about balance and while I may eat super healthy during the week, im okay with indulging on special occasions.
Marathon training week 2
So now let's talk about how Cleveland marathon training week two went! Actually pretty great! This week brought my first ever intro to speed work and a slight step up in mileage. So here's the breakdown.
Monday - 4.5 miles; tempo run
Monday's run was my first intro to speed work and I survived and didn't hate it. I warmed up with one mile at 8:28, the took the next four miles fast at 7:15, 7:30, 7:37, and then finished with a half mile cool down at 8:40. The run came out to four and a half miles at 7:49/mile. It didn't hurt that I had gorgeous views.
Tuesday - 4 mile recovery run
Tuesday's run was to do 4 miles at a fairly easy pace to recover from Monday's speedwork. I did end up throwing in a couple hill repeats. I motivated myself by leaving my bottle of grape nuun at the top. I ended up with 4 miles at 8:35.
Wednesday - 4.5 miles
Wednesday's run was just aimed at getting the miles and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (60 degrees in Ohio at beginning of February). I set out for a different park for once which involved the first 2.25 miles of my run being a gradual elevation gain. When I got to my turn around, I thought the difficult part of this run was over, after holding 8:15s for the first half of my run. Boy was I wrong. The wind shifted and I faced 23 mph headwinds (I checked) the whole way home. It was miserable and I wanted to stop the whole time. But I put my head down, turned up my music and grinder on telling myself that these runs make us better. I ended with 8:30/mile average.
Thursday - 5 miles
This run was aimed at holding around 8:20-8:25 and I knew I had 3-5 on my schedule and I planned on doing the minimum. The weather dramatically changed from the day before and I faced wind, cold, and snow. Yet somehow I had a big smile from the moment I took off and I ended up doing the full 5 miles with 8:23 average.
Saturday - 10 miles slightly above marathon pace
I wanted to hold this run somewhat near marathon pace because once the runs start getting longer next week, they will have to be a little slower and I can't use them as endurance tests like a 10 miler. My goal was 8:25 or faster for the whole run. I warmed up with 8:28 for the first mile, kicked it up for 2-4 holding 8:18, 8:10, and 8:12. I backed off a little for 5, taking it at 8:20. After I hit my turn I told myself to back off a little but to try to hold under 8:30 for every mile back. Mile 5 surprised me because it's a seriously hilly mile that came in at 8:22, miles 6-8 were solid, ranging between 8:12 and 8:23. Mile nine I caught up to a friend and slowed up a little to talk with her, so mile 9 came in at 8:38. But then I kicked it up for a little speed test to see what was left in the tank for the last mile, coming in at 7:45. Aside from feeling lonely without my running partner, who is injured, the run was pretty great overall and I felt good afterwards. Helped that I saw a couple friends in the park and we were able to exchange motivation as we ran past each other. Ended with 8:15/mile overall.
28 miles total. 8:19/mile average for the week.
Definitely no complaints here about this week of training. Ended with a lot of walking as I explored the beach cities in Northwest Ohio and walked along the beaches and long piers and boardwalks.