Five more weeks until my first marathon! It’s been a milestone week since I ran my first 20 miler which will be the longest distance I run until the marathon. I must say it was a tough one but a pretty good first 20 mile run. I have another 20 miler planned in two weeks. I’m not sure how I’ll get it in, but here’s what I did last week:
Monday – I remember waking up a lot later than planned, since my alarm didn’t wake me up, and I did Focus T25 Total Body Circuit. I cut it close and got to work just in time. Tuesday – Ran 5 miles before heading up to Seattle.
Wednesday – 8 miles. It was nice to run on this trail again by my parent’s place. Thursday – Running Rest Day. Ended up walking 2 miles and went geocaching.
Friday – Ran 5 miles. Saturday – Ran 20 miles.
The 20 miles were tough especially since it was a hilly course and rained for a good portion of it. The rain wasn’t bad and felt good at times. But when I finished I had the thoughts of how I would get through 6.2 more miles at a faster pace. My main goal is to finish the marathon but another goal is to finish under 4 hours. I ran most of it at a more comfortable pace since the program says to run the long runs slow. But I also looked at what RunKeeper had planned for me and they had an 18 miler planned with 3 fast miles towards the end and the last 3 miles steady. I decided to incorporate that in my 20 miler to see how I’d do and I ran miles 16-18 faster with splits 8:53/8:42/8:55 and then miles 19, 20 back to a steady pace and got 9:45 and 9:19. I’m actually pretty happy with how I did. But to do another 6.2 miles has me nervous. For me to get a time of 3:59:00, my average pace needs to be 9:07 per mile. There’s still five weeks left and one more 20 miler scheduled. I’ll see how I feel in a couple of weeks. 🙂
Sunday – Rest Day. I am feeling a little sore, and it seems to be my glutes.
Here’s a summary of what Hal Higdon’s plan had scheduled and what I did:
|What I did||Cross||5 m run||8 m run||Rest||5 m pace||20||Rest|
|Hal Higdon’s plan||Cross||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||5 m pace||20|
How did your week go? How’s your training going?