Goodness its been busy.
Anyway, week 3 was fine as well. So far, so good and it all seems very easy. I think part of that is I'm just right under the total miles I had built up to before Christmas -- so I've not challenged myself a whole lot yet. And the speed work is only one day a week and so far it has been very simple as well. Part of me panics and the other part of me says to relax and calm down. On to the details.
Monday Jan 23
Off -- and I'm always very successful on my rest days. I do rest well.
Tuesday Jan 24
I got to pick between hill repeats and a fartlek workout. I picked the fartlek because I can't really drive to hills pre work workout. So, on tap was 15 to 20 min warm up, 8 times 2 mins at 5k to 8k pace (8:09 to 8:27) with 1 min recover jog and then 15 to 20 min cool down. So how did I do?
I think this qualifies as perfect!! Look at those in bold. I'm not sure who I was running from in split 10 but that's cool. I'm very pleased I was able to run the lower end of the range.
Wednesday, Jan 25
35 to 50 minute easy run (9:40 to 10:10 pace). I did 5 miles (almost 50 mins) at a 9:43 pace. Success
Thursday, Jan 26
45 to 60 minute easy run (9:40 to 10:10 pace). I went a little over at 64 minutes because of the route I chose. But I did good on pace at 9:50 -- for 6.5 miles.
Friday, Jan 27
Another successful rest day
Saturday, Jan 28
Was supposed to be 90 to 105 long steady run (9:40 to 10:40). I don't have great stats as my garmin died mid run but my friend and I ended up doing a bunch of hills at Rancho. So we were out there over 2 hours so I definitely went long. But my average pace was about 11.25 (guessing) so a little slower recommended. Overall I'm fine with that -- I love the hills -- and notice getting stronger right away so all is good. I was worried I did too much as I actually had to recover (long bath and nap) and I've not needed that in awhile and certainly not for 11 miles. But I was fine yesterday and today so I don't think I did too much.
Sunday, Jan 29
30 to 40 minute recover run (10:40 to 11:10) pace. I suck at recovery runs. I went for 44 minutes for 4.2 miles at a10:28 pace. That is exhausting to try to stay so slow -- I just have so much trouble. But I'm trying.
So onward to this week which will look a bit similar except that I'm running a race on Sunday. Silly me. A half marathon up in San Francisco. It seemed like a good idea at the time though I'm not sure I really want to do it now. But ohwell -- I'm just going to try and run it smart like Operation Jack the day after Christmas -- start conservative, negative splits, yada yada. I had this scheduled in my plan but there's no real taper and this isn't a full knock'em dead effort. The weather gods say it is supposed to be sunny and pleasant, if not a bit chilly first thing so it will be fun.
3 down, 13 to go.