Week 8 is over which means I am halfway through my training! This was a good week, with some solid workouts and an 18 mile long run. Things got moved around a bit because of a Friday night wedding. Here is how the week looked.
Monday: 6 miles easy, core and hip exercises
Tuesday: 7 miles- this was supposed to be a 2 mile w/u, then 7:20, 8:10, 7:20, 8:10, and c/d for 1 mile. I ran this on the roads so pacing was a bit tricky, especially for the 7:20 miles, but I came pretty close.
Wednesday: Total Body Strength and core/hip exercises (with a 4 minute plank at the end! It’s been awhile since I held a plank for that long)
Thursday: 6 miles easy, core and hip exercises
Friday: 18 miles (slower start, faster finish). My pace for my long runs should be around 9:00-9:20, and this one ended up at 9:22. Rob and I ran 10 miles together and then split so he could run 2 miles home and I could finish up my 18.
Overall this run went well- we definitely started out slower and I think that helped me to still feel strong at the end. It was a little annoying to be finishing up around 8am when there were lots of cars on the road for rush hour and I had to stop at lights quite a bit.
I also learned my lesson regarding body glide. Let’s just say I wore a pair of shorts that I have never done a long run in before and I definitely paid the price. #rookiemistake
Saturday: Rest- traveling back from NY
Sunday: 7 miles with middle 5 at MGP. The middle miles ended up being faster, which isn’t necessarily a good thing because I am supposed to be teaching my legs to become familiar with MGP. I did this on hills for the first time and I’ll need to work on pacing for that. I also expected my legs to be tired from the long run + lots of dancing on Friday night and traveling all weekend, so I was surprised that they moved as well as they did. A little bit of rain also felt really good!
Total: 44 miles
This upcoming week will be a cutback week which should be nice. I’ll “only” be running 13 miles next weekend!
How were your workouts last week?
What is the longest you could hold a plank for right now?
Do you find it challenging to hold marathon goal pace?