Really? I'm halfway through training? Three more weeks of 70 plus miles and then three weeks of taper. And then I put my body to the ultimate test.
I've already decided I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself. If I don't sub 3:40, I'll sign up for a spring marathon and try again. Maybe I'll have to try again and again and again. My half marathon time says I have the ability to meet the goal. But it was a race with ideal conditions where pretty much everything went right. Races are unpredictable.
My week in a review:
Monday - 6 recovery miles before work and 4 at 10pm (no I didn't want 10pm. Susanna wouldn't sleep.) Legs were still pretty tight from the race the day before.
Tuesday- Rest (although I did two with the boys running club I coach -- Tuesday is not a good day to choose "rest" because those boys won't let me.)
Wednesday- GA (general aerobic) pace 9 before work, 6 after.
Thursday- 3 with the running club before work and then insane speedwork -- .75 mile repeats at a 6:45 pace with .25 jog recoveries plus warm up and cool down. So 8 more miles.
Friday- 6 recovery miles in the morning, 2 in the afternoon
Saturday- 17 at 8:45ish pace
Sunday- 9 recovery miles
Total mileage: 72. Another record.
Tomorrow is rest. WHAT? I have run for 11 days straight, and my mind is having trouble grasping this concept of rest. I have a feeling the taper is going to be very, very itchy come November.
A couple things I learned this week:
1. I can't run at 5am every morning. I need a couple mornings a week where I can relax and not feel rushed and sleep in a bit longer. I also hate speedwork in the mornings. So it looks like Thursdays will be my "Run After Work Day."
2. Though all these solo runs are great for mental toughness, I really enjoy running with others. Saturday long runs I always do with the DSG folks. These past two weeks I've met up with Brittany once outside of DSG to do a run. I also started doing my Wednesday moring recovery runs with a neighbor. It's hard to fit in a social life with two kids and a full time job (and, er, running 70 mile a week) -- this helps.
This week Brittany and I are meeting up for speedwork on Thursday. We are somehow supposed to hold half marathon pace (about 7:40) for 7 miles, sandwiched between a mile warm up and cool down. I have no idea how I'm supposed to run that fast if I don't have a timing chip on and someone to chase down, but we'll see how it goes.