Happy Marathon Monday! I can’t imagine running my first marathon ever and coming in third. Nor can I imagine these words ever coming out of my mouth: “It was nice having that first early mile be around 5:50. It just felt like we were walking,” Jordan Hasay in a Runner’s World article. I guess that’s why I’m not a professional runner! While Jordan kicked butt in her awesome marathon debut and deserves huge kudos, I of course have to acknowledge Brooks-Hansons runners Desi Linden who got fourth place and Dot McMahan for the top masters spot. Woohoo!
This recap covers the past two weeks because I didn’t post last week. I had to travel to Cleveland for work, and even though it was just one day it messed up my schedule for the week. And then this weekend was filled with family stuff (which was nice) and trying to get in all my weekend chores on top of all the family stuff (which was not). Holiday weekends should always be extended into a three-day holiday because they’re so busy.
I’ve finished my base phase and am now in the peak phase of 80/20 5K training. I’m really loving this training and still feeling like it’s a great fit for me. Time will tell if the “train slower to race faster” promise of 80/20 training holds true, but I’m definitely able to train faster in my workouts. I’ve started interval workouts of 1-3 minutes at high intensity. Granted, these are short intervals, not mile repeats, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen paces in the 8:XX range during training! My definition of fast has always been about 9:30 for intervals, so to see paces in the low 8-minute range is pretty exciting. Because so much of my running is easy, I’m able to run very hard in my workouts. I haven’t done that in a long time, and there’s definitely something exciting and rewarding in running so hard. Plus, with so much easy running, I look forward to my hard workouts instead of dreading them like I usually do.
The other new run I started is a fast finish on my longest weekend run. Most of my long runs will be these fast finish runs, where most of the run is at low intensity with the last portion kicked up a notch. I really liked this run–it gave me something to look forward to and made the run go quickly.
I also feel so much more connected to my pace and effort without having to constantly check my watch. I frequently check into my perceived effort and match it up to my heart rate and pace, and it usually aligns well. For my speed workouts, I’ve been running hard mostly based on effort. For 1-minute intervals, there’s no time to check my pace, so I just run very hard. For the longer intervals, I check into my pace just a few times but mainly go by effort. When I look at my stats after, I’m always right on target for my heart rate zones.
My confidence has also been growing. I’m consistently having good workouts and enjoying the training overall. I look forward to my runs, especially now that it’s pleasantly cool and neither frigid nor hot. Plus, for the first time this year, I’ve started to see a little bit of light in the sky at the end of my runs–always an exciting time of year! I’m feeling more and more like I’m going to be in a good place to begin marathon training in July.
While my runs are still very easy to get in before work, I’ve been itching to ramp up a bit. My mileage is pretty low overall, and I feel ready to start taking on more. Most of the 80/20 workouts are pretty short, so I’m starting to tack on some extra time to them but will be careful to see how I adjust. My new job is still pretty tiring. It’s different from what I’ve ever done before and is mentally challenging, so I’m usually beat by the end of the day. On top of that, commuting on foot or bike, even a shorter distance, isn’t effortless. If my commute was my main activity for the day it wouldn’t be bad, but after I run then walk the dog, I really don’t want to have to do anything else active! And when the weather sucks, walking or biking to work really sucks! I’m going to try a few other options (taking the bus in really bad weather; a different route; doing a run commute when I don’t have to bring my laptop home), so this is a work in progress. Also, with the nicer weather, I’ve been adding a longer walk with Dave and the dog in the evenings. So while I don’t have excessive fatigue, I’m still pretty tired at night. I watched a webinar last week on sleep, and even though I’m logging a solid 8 hours a night, my body is telling me it needs a little more, so I’m going to try to get more sleep to see if that helps. I’m going to try to do a post on what I learned from that webinar, because it was really interesting.
Overall, I feel I’m in a pretty good place with running, life, and balancing everything.
As for strength training, it’s happening, but not as much as I’d like. Part of this is due to the nicer weather and wanting to take the dog for a longer evening walk instead of strength train. I’ll continue to shoot for three sessions a week.
Week 3 at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for a May 20 5K
- Days running: 4
- Miles this week: 14.3
- Miles this month: 24.57
- Miles this year: 290.89
- Strength training: 52 minutes
While this was a step-back week on the training plan, I ended up missing one day of running due to rain. It’s been raining so much, and I’ve been running in the rain a lot, but on this day it was pouring and I just wanted a break from the rain.
Week 4 at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for a May 20 5K
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 16.56
- Miles this month: 41.13
- Miles this year: 307.45
- Strength training: 34 minutes
Not sure why I have only four pictures from the week, and I’m sorry that every single one is blurry. The mornings will be light enough to take outside pics soon!
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!