Training for marathon # 9 kicked off this week with some sweltering weather early in the week, which certainly didn’t make it any easier to ease back into training. I was feeling really burnt out by Thursday, but things cooled off for the weekend and I was able to finish up the week with some decent runs. I know it will take some time to get used to the heat again and to adapt to workouts after several weeks of “just running”; need to be patient!
Monday – rest or xtrain
As part of my new endeavor to keep up a cross/strength/core-training regimen, I set out for an hour bike ride while hubs was running. When I got home I tackled my core + strength routine before collapsing in a heap on my yoga mat. Rest day? Huh?
12K with 8×400 10K easy
After Mother Nature foiled our Track Tuesday plans, I braved the sweltering sun and heat with a lunch run. It was borderline unbearable, but I managed to maintain a decent pace despite giving myself permission to go as slow as needed. I think I just wanted to get back into the a/c.
10.0KM (6.2mi) – 55:06 – 5:30/KM (8:52/mi)
10K easy 12K with 8×400 5×400
It became obvious early in the workout that 8 repeats would not be happening on this day. I just did what I could do…
Goal time for 400s: 1:31 – 1:34 (400 recoveries)
Results: 1:34, 1:33, 1:37, 1:38, 1:35
I was completely and utterly spent and knew I couldn’t have pushed it any harder or farther.
12.0KM (7.5mi) – 1:08:12 – 5:41/KM (9:08/mi)
Thursday – 7K easy
Thursday was our first night of the summer marathon clinic and I knew there’d be lots of talking and a short run. I decided to run from home to add a couple miles. After an introductory talk and some drills/photos in the parking lot, we broke off into our pace groups for a 7K run. It was… okay. I felt tired from the get-go and just stuck with the group, trying to keep up some conversations to get through it. I had planned to run home too, but wasn’t in the mood so a friend was kind enough to give me a lift on her way. Blahhhhh.
9.6KM (6.0mi) – 53:46 -5:36/KM (9:00/mi)
Friday – 10K with 1K time trial
Still feeling pretty slow and tired, but pulled off a decent time trial at the track.
1K time trial: 3:49.27
Sunday – 27K long
Long run with the group. I headed out early on my own for an extra 10, since they were only running 17. It was another nice cool and mostly overcast morning – if only it was like this every morning all summer! We ran a particularly hilly route on some country scenic roads; I felt good and we nailed our target pace, picking it up for the last couple KMs.
Week 1 Total Mileage: 76.8 KM (47.7 mi)
Total Time: 7:05:19
Average Pace: 5:32/KM (8:54/mi)
Cross-training: 1h cycle + 3x strength/core routine