Houston Marathon Recap

This post is just a brief summary of¬†my individual race– I’m going to put my thoughts on the race itself and random logistics in another post after I’ve had time to rest up more ūüôā

The week before the race I read this post on Texas Running Post. ¬†To summarize, the post (which was written by a coach) lists ways to deal with racing in sub-optimal conditions along with some general marathon tips. ¬†She describes two runners who ran the Dallas Marathon a couple years ago in similar conditions as this year’s Houston Marathon. ¬†One (Mark) stuck to original marathon goal pace, then crashed and burned at mile 9. ¬†The other (Shannon) ran a relaxed race and finished strong.

My attitude going into this race was that I wanted to be run like Shannon (albeit much slower). ¬†Even though I was consistently hitting 8:10-8:30 pace during my tempos and “fast finish” long runs– including workouts done in 60-70 degree temperatures like the race day forecast– I am not accustomed to running in incredibly high humidity. ¬†And, since this was my first marathon, I was also not very accustomed to running 26.2 miles! ¬†I felt like I put too much time and effort into my training only to fall apart mid-race because I started too fast and didn’t respect the distance and conditions. ¬†So that’s how my marathon pace went from “8:10 to 8:30” to 8:56.

Miles 1-3

I started with the 4 hour pace group and felt like I was already having to do some work.  I could feel sweat dripping down my face before we even hit mile 1.  This did not bode well, so at this point I gave myself permission to slow down if needed.  Except, as usually happens, I started to settle into my pace after about 3 miles.

Miles 4-13

Eventually I found myself in front of the 4:00 pace group.  I felt OK running 9:00 minute miles or slightly faster, so I decided to stick with that pace and hopefully end up with a sub-4:00 finish.  I felt really good around the halfway point and dropped an 8:50 mile.

Miles 14-20

After the first 13.1 my master plan was to maintain my 9:00ish minute miles until mile 20, and then pick it up and maybe finish sub-3:55. ¬†There wasn’t really anything notable about miles 14-20 except that I passed one of the 3:40 pacers…because he was walking and had a medic on either side of him. ¬†Did I mention that the conditions were pretty dreadful?!

Miles 21-26.2

My rough goal here was to ease down to 8:45 for 5K and then 8:30 for the last 5K. ¬†Instead I ended up running two miles in the 8:30s, slowed¬†to 8:40s for 3 miles, and then ran mile 26 in 8:29. ¬†As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it was really¬†important to me to get through the whole race and finish strong, so I’m really pleased that I was able to rally at the end. ¬†Mile 26 was my fastest mile!

Here are the Garmin splits, which were definitely off from the course mile markers because I did a ton of weaving during the first few miles trying to stay with the pace group.

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And here are the official results:

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I should mention that I drank what seemed like an absurd amount of water during this race. ¬†I started with a 23 oz water bottle I’d picked up at HEB the day before. ¬†I’d planned to use that exclusively until mile 8 or so when the half marathoners split off and the water stations got less crowded. ¬†But then as soon as the race started I felt myself sweating a lot and getting thirsty. ¬†So I started grabbing a cup of water at every water stop and used my water bottle when I took a gel. ¬†(I’ve learned during marathon training that I need to drink a lot of water if I’m going to ingest more than two gels over the course of ¬†a run.) ¬†And then around mile 16 my water bottle started to feel frighteningly light, so I grabbed two cups at each water stop. ¬†Around mile 23 I finally felt okay to ditch the water bottle and rely only on the water stops. ¬†However, right after the last water stop at mile 24 I started to feel really thirsty again. ¬†Fortunately, there was one more medical tent¬†at mile 25 where I was able to grab a water bottle (which I carried to the finish line and then the post-race area). ¬†That was really the only spot in the race where I felt bad. ¬†When I stopped running for about 2 seconds (so the medic could hand me the water bottle) I got a serious cramp in my left hamstring!

Anyway, it cracks me up that the few race pictures currently available show me carrying a gel in one hand and a water bottle and empty cup in the other hand.  That was pretty much how I looked for the entire race!

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Almost There

Well hello there. ¬†It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? ¬†Four months, in fact, since my last post. ¬†If it wasn’t completely obvious, my¬†desire to blog has dwindled. ¬†There are a few reasons for this:

  • Last spring I started doing some of my easy runs with a group. ¬†Running (and hanging out) with other¬†runners means I now have a live audience for discussions of race splits, sports bra chafing, etc.
  • A lot of weird and scary¬†things¬†are happening in the world and it has felt uncomfortable at times to write blog posts about something as relatively unimportant¬†as running. ¬†(I’m not passing judgement on more active¬†bloggers; it’s just that–even though this is a running blog– I¬†feel strange¬†¬†writing training recaps while I’m simultaneously having nightmares about geopolitics).
  • Though it’s still Very Much Not A Big Deal, marathon training has been intimidating at times and I’ve come across a lot of conflicting advice. ¬†“Don’t worry about your pace the first time– just train to finish.” “If you don’t have a goal time, you’re lazy and selling yourself short.” ¬†“You should never¬†run more than 5o miles in a week.” “RUN ALL THE MILES.”¬†I’m exaggerating a bit but my point is that I realized I felt better if I hunkered down, following my training plan, and ignored most of the noise (i.e. blogs and social media) because I’ve been doing this running thing for awhile and I generally know what works for me. (With that said, I’ve already come up with a few things I would like to do differently if I decide to train for one of these again. ¬†As I said back in August, this training cycle would inevitably involve some trial and error.)

Since¬†I’m less than 24 hours away¬†from running the Houston Marathon (!!!!!), I finally¬†felt like writing about my training again. ¬†This training cycle has been so long (20 weeks!) that it seems fitting to briefly recap my training in a separate post before I write a race report. ¬†I’m still logging all of my runs on Daily Mile¬†if anyone is inclined to read a lot of mindless drivel.

September

I spent most of the summer running ~40 miles per week with minimal speed work on the treadmill (which basically means if I couldn’t run early in the morning and it was 100+ degrees in the afternoon, I would hit the treadmill after work and do a half-assed workout to liven up my treadmill time). ¬†At the beginning of September I briefly dropped down to 30-35 miles per week but started doing real¬†workouts on the track, though they were generally run by effort because a) half-assed treadmill workouts do not make me fast and b) it is still quite hot in September in Central Texas.

I ran doubles once per week as preparation for the Capital to Coast relay in October.

Longest run was 11 miles.

Ran 150 miles for the month.

October

On October 2nd I ran the Run Free Texas 80s 8K in 37:26 (7:31 pace), which was over 30 seconds slower than my 2015 finish time.  I definitely felt quite slow and out of shape during the race.

On October 14th-15th I ran the Capital to Coast relay with 11 other runners. ¬†We ran the 223 miles from Austin to Corpus Christi! ¬†This really deserves its own post. ¬†I think anyone else who has run a relay (especially one as long as this one) can understand that there is a¬†lot to recap afterwards but I’m going to keep this as short as possible:

  • Woke up at 3 AM on Friday morning for a 4 AM race start
  • I was the 6th runner on our team, so I didn’t start running until around 11 in the morning. ¬†By that point we were outside of Lockhart, I’d been cheering for the other 5 runners in my van all morning, and was raring to go. ¬†My leg was 5.6 miles; I started too quickly and got progressively slower. ¬†It didn’t help that the temperature rose significantly and I ran the last 0.5 miles up a freaking dirt and loose gravel hill! ¬†It definitely brought back memories of high school cross country.
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At the end of my first leg– definitely not running on a road!

  • My second leg was 8.2 miles around 10 PM on a tiny highway somewhere very, very rural. ¬†I felt good for the first few miles but then the exhaustion started to catch up to me. ¬†It was very¬†peaceful running in the middle of nowhere with minimal cars…until I heard some weird rustling in the grass next to me and got freaked out that it was a rattlesnake! ¬†It’s also mentally tough to try to run hard when you’re so isolated– no crowds cheering, only a couple of other runners. ¬†All in all I guess it was good practice for my mental game during stretches of marathons and half marathons when there’s minimal support.
  • After my second leg my van showered and slept for a few hours at a high school that very kindly opened its doors to relay racers overnight as part of a charity fundraiser. ¬†Amazing.
  • My third leg was only 6.5 miles but I swear it was the hardest run I’ve ever done. ¬†On Saturday morning everyone was extremely tired and sleep deprived. ¬†It was also 95 degrees and sunny with zero shade by late morning when I was set to run. ¬†I had also brilliantly forgotten that I am easily prone to motion sickness, so I spent the bulk of the morning sitting in the back of the van until I started to feel ill. ¬†Fortunately, one of our runners was a nurse who was smart enough to pack a first aid kit that included Zofran. ¬†I was so thankful for his foresight and for everyone else in my van who followed me during this run and gave¬†me cold water and ice to stuff in my sports bra. ¬†I was also thankful that I wasn’t running on a competitive team with a time goal. ¬†I racked up a nice number of kills (i.e. people I passed) during the race (10 total, including 3 on my last leg) but this was my slowest race pace ever by a LOT. ¬†I barely managed to finish the 6.5 miles in under an hour!
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ALMOST DONE

  • The team reached the finish line on the beach in Corpus Christi late Saturday afternoon and I headed back to Austin on Sunday morning. ¬†I took Monday off from work, which was a fantastic decision– it¬†basically took me a week to recover. ¬†I ran all of the mileage in my training plan but changed one workout to an easy run and watered down another workout. ¬†Cap to Coast was SO MUCH FUN but it is brutal.¬† So I am not sure if I will do it again in 2017.

Longest run in October was 15 miles

Total mileage for the month was 186 miles

November

We spent the first week of November in Seattle and VancouverРfirst time in the Pacific Northwest for both of us.  We had two days of really lovely sunshine in Seattle and the typical rain and clouds the rest of the week.  Conveniently, this was a cutback week for me.

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Cloudy but still beautiful Vancouver

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Sunlight and Space Needle in Seattle

I ran the 5 mile Thundercloud Turkey Trot as a “marathon pace” workout. ¬†I ran very controlled at the start thanks to crowds and hills but then got down closer to half marathon pace on the downhill portions in the second half. ¬†Official finish time was 40:37. ¬†Also, this was my race day outfit:

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Gobble gobble

Longest run was 19 miles.  I also ran 17.5 miles earlier in the month.  Before November my longest run ever had been 16 miles way back in 2013 when I got lost during a half marathon training run.

Ran 195 miles total

December

On December 11th I ran the Dallas Half Marathon.

  • I wasn’t sure until the week before the race whether I would race it or run it as part of a long run. ¬†I ended up deciding to run¬†it as a marathon pace tempo with 4 miles pre-race and 4 miles post-race, which would bring¬†me to the 21 miles on my training schedule. ¬†I think this ended up being a good decision because I am a marathon newbie and don’t feel confident rehauling a training schedule on my own like I have done with my half marathon training. ¬†Also, I used this as a Houston dress rehearsal– ate my planned pre-marathon breakfast, took gels when I plan to take gels during the marathon, etc.– which was beneficial since I don’t have much experience with out of town races.
  • On the other hand, I do wish I’d gotten a solid 10 mile or half marathon race effort during this cycle to better gauge my fitness. ¬†Speaking of which, I should note that I really ¬†liked the Dallas Half Marathon, and it is definitely a PR friendly race. ¬†The crowd support was fantastic and it was neat to see areas outside of downtown. The course has a few inclines at the beginning but there were some nice downhills towards the end, including right at the finish. ¬†I finished in 1:49:04 (8:19 average) and felt really good the whole time. ¬†The only hiccup was that I (of course…) got turned around getting back to the hotel and ended up running closer to 22 miles.

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The other highlight (lowlight?) of the month was running my last long runР23 milesРon Christmas Eve in Philadelphia.  My boyfriend and I flew out to DC on December 21st and spent two days being tourists.  Then we took Megabus up to Philly on the night of the 23rd.  I was in a rear facing seat because I yet again forgot about my tendency to get car sick.  Then it rained for most of my run and my stomach was still messed up from the awful bus ride the previous evening.  But I soldiered through it because hey, the race day weather might be epically shitty!  I finished my run right by the Rocky statue at the foot of the Art Museum.  img_2811

I hit 60 miles that week, which is a weekly mileage PR. ¬†Prior to training for a marathon I think I’d maxed out just shy of 50. ¬†I hit 50+ a few times during this cycle as well.

I ran 204 miles total in DecemberРfirst month ever hitting 200+!

January

January has been mostly tapering and nothing of note.

I guess I should mention my race plan. ¬†After how I felt during the Dallas Half Marathon, I thought 3:45 might be a reasonable goal. ¬†However, the forecast tomorrow is pretty dreadful– very high humidity with temperatures in the high 60s. ¬†My plan for now¬†is to stay with the 4:00 hour pace group for at least 5K and then see how I feel. ¬†I’m also giving myself permission to drop out if I feel dreadful. ¬†There are always other marathons to run in Central Texas over the next few months. ¬†I’m not a stranger to running in awful conditions (see Cap to Coast, leg 3 above) but a marathon is really long.¬† At least my finish time (if I finish…) will be an automatic PR.

Even if the end result isn’t what I’d hoped for, I¬†really enjoyed training for this thing and I’m sure I will sign up for another marathon some day. ¬†Yes,¬†it was very time consuming (8+ hours of running some weeks) and exhausting but I’m honestly quite proud of myself for making it this far. ¬†I suppose I’ll have more thoughts on this after tomorrow but right now I feel like my training was pretty solid. ¬†I ran over 800 miles in Texas, Washington, British Columbia, DC, and Pennsylvania! ¬†I generally hate pithy quotes like the below but I also think it’s a good reminder that everything that happened in the 5 months before the race is also worth celebrating.

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Houston Marathon Training – Week 3

I ran a little over 42 miles last week, which was a first for me early in a training cycle. ¬†Usually in half marathon training I will peak around 40-45 miles a few weeks before a race. ¬†But right now I’ve completed less than 20% of my training plan!

I’m really glad that I kept my mileage around 40 miles per week over the summer. ¬†This week was tough due to two workouts but the actual number of miles I ran wasn’t a challenge. ¬†For that I think I can partially thank all of the miserably hot and slow miles I ran from June to August. ¬†I’m not confident about my ability to run a fast 8K on October 2nd but I feel pretty good about being able to grind out 20+ miles total¬†on little sleep for Cap to Coast.

The plan:

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The execution (spoiler– I did not follow the schedule at all):

Monday, 12-Sep: I usually work from home on Monday, which makes it a good day for running.  But my schedule was thrown off from the start with a 7:00 AM meeting, which meant no AM run for me.  So I rested and did some yoga in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 13-Sep: 6 miles easy

Wednesday, 14-Sep: I fully intended to do this workout on the track.  However, I did not sleep well at all on Tuesday night and was wide awake before 4:00 AM.  I decided to hit the treadmill at a super early hour since I was already awake and knew I would start to get hungry and tired later in the morning. I ran 7.5 miles total:

  • 1 mile warm up
  • 4 x 1600m @ 10K effort (7:30, 7:30, 7:24, 7:24) with 400m recovery
  • 1 mile cool down

All things considered this was fine, though I am not sure how easily I’d hit those paces on the track, especially with the current heat and humidity. ¬†Also did some yoga at night.

Thursday, 15-Sep:¬†Doubles day. ¬†5 easy in the morning, 6 easy in the afternoon–¬†11 miles total.

Friday, 16-Sep: Rest because tired and early meeting at the office.

Saturday, 17-Sep: I got up early and met up with some folks from my running group who were planning on 10+ miles. ¬†I figured I would run 9 easy and then drop off. ¬†This is easy to do on our usual route; however, on Saturday everyone wanted to run a different route with more hills, which was concerning since I had a track workout planned the next day. ¬†The run¬†ended up being much less disastrous than it could have been. ¬†The pace (~10 min/mile) felt very easy and it was fun to run a new route even if we got lost and accidentally ran down a smelly alley trying to find our way back to the trail. ¬†We ran up the massive hill on 15th Street– which is around mile 12 on the Austin Half Marathon course– and the hill did not feel bad at all when I was not 12 miles into a half marathon and trying to hold onto a sub-8:00 minute pace. ¬†I ended up running¬†9.56 miles— not too much more than this week’s prescribed long run– and felt like I had a lot of energy left at the end.

Sunday, 18-Sep: ¬†Since Track Sunday was such a success last week I decided to try it again this week. ¬†I was a little worried about how my legs would feel after nearly 10 miles the day before but I don’t think that was an issue at all since I made sure to keep my easy effort on Saturday easy. ¬†I aimed for 800m repeats in 3:35 and 400m repeats in 1:45 or faster. ¬†Aside from the first 800m repeat I was pretty much on pace:

  • 1 mile easy
  • 6 x 800m @ 5K effort with 400m recovery (3:41, 3:36, 3:32, 3:34, 3:35, 3:35)
  • 800m easy
  • 4 x 400m @ ~7:00 minute/mile pace with 200m recovery (1:44, 1:45, 1:46, 1:43)
  • 1.1 mile easy

Total of¬†8.18 miles per my Garmin. ¬†Total of 2 breakfast tacos post-workout. ¬†That’s why I hope to keep Track Sunday around.

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Houston Marathon Training ‚Äď Week 2

I survived Week 2 of 20. ¬†I’m 10% done!

This week I hit the track (twice!) for the first time in several months. ¬†I was¬†nervous about how much slower I’d gotten since the spring, so I mostly ran both workouts by effort. ¬†Both times I was definitely off PR pace but not nearly as slow as I’d expected. ¬†So that was very encouraging.

I had to make some adjustments¬†towards the end of the week due to my work schedule. ¬†I did all of the runs in my training plan¬†but¬†everything was completely out of order. ¬†Week 3 will be a similar scenario. ¬†I am not too concerned about this¬†at the moment since I’m not really doing long runs every¬†weekend, so running a track workout on a Sunday (like I did today) is pretty feasible. ¬†Hopefully by Week 5 (first double digit run) I will have a little more flexibility during the week.

It hasn’t been nearly as hot as it was in July/August (highs in the upper 80s/low 90s) but I don’t like that I have less and less daylight in the morning. ¬†I am counting down the days (56!) until Daylight Savings ends on November 6th.

Here is Week 2 of my training plan:

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And here is how it actually went down:

  • Monday, 05-Sep: I decided to do one of the track workouts on Monday since I figured I would have the track mostly to myself early in the morning on Labor Day. ¬†That was definitely the case. ¬†I also decided to start off with the 800m repeats (Thursday’s workout in the plan) since ¬†running fast for 800m at a time felt less daunting than 1600m¬†repeats. ¬†I ran every repeat by effort and didn’t look at my watch until I hit the lap button at the end of 800m.
    • Warm-up: 1.19 miles (i.e. mileage to the track + strides)
    • 5 x 800m @ 5K effort (3:29, 3:34, 3:35, 3:37, 3:37) with 400m recovery
    • Cool-down: 1.03 miles easy running back home
    • Total of¬†5.74 miles

I felt slow and was honestly expecting every repeat to be around 3:45-4:00. ¬†While getting progressively slower was not part of the plan, I was surprised after every repeat that “5K effort” was not too far off my pace the last time I really tried to race a 5K (which¬†happened back in February, if memory serves me). ¬†These paces also aren’t too shabby when I consider that I was running in high 70s with high humidity. ¬†Next time I’ll aim for more consistency.

After my track workout I ate a quick breakfast and headed out for our annual group trip to the Schlitterbahn.  It was a fun but exhausting day.

  • Tuesday, 06-Sep: Rest
  • Wednesday, 07-Sep: 5.32 miles easy in the morning + 6 miles easy in the afternoon =¬†11.32 miles.
  • Thursday, 08-Sep: Rest
  • Friday, 09-Sep: I ended up doing Sunday’s tempo miles on Friday afternoon on the treadmill due to scheduling. ¬†I also ended up running a bit slower than the pace in the plan but that was probably for the best given that I had a second track workout this week.
    • 1 mile easy
    • 5 miles @ 8:00 pace
    • 1 mile easy
    • Total of¬†7 miles

While I am still on a mission to limit my treadmill running (especially for faster paces), I do appreciate that the treadmills at my gym have individual TVs with cable.  I do not have cable TV at home, so the gym is my opportunity to indulge in true crime TV.

I¬†was quite nervous about how these 1600m repeats would go. ¬†I ran the first one entirely by effort and thought I was running around 8:00 minute pace. ¬†I was very surprised when I hit the lap button! ¬†On the second repeat I tried to maintain the same effort and checked my watch at 800m. ¬†On the third repeat I wanted to try to run a little harder, so I checked my watch at 400m, 800m, and 1200m (which is what I usually do when I’m trying to hit a certain pace during 1600m repeats).

  • 1 mile warm up with strides
  • 3 x 1600m @ 10K effort (7:32, 7:33, 7:28) with 800m recovery
  • 1 mile cool down
  • 6 miles¬† total

As extra motivation for getting up early and running hard, I promised myself (and my boyfriend) that I would stop at Tacodeli for breakfast tacos on the way home. ¬†I’m hoping I can keep Track Sunday going for another week or two. ¬†Having the track to myself and then eating a delicious breakfast is quite a treat.

Total mileage: 36.81 miles

Aside from my concerns about scheduling and pacing, this was a good week. ¬†Both track workouts were great confidence boosters. ¬†I’m also enjoying having two days off from running since I’m doing two easy runs in one day as preparation for Cap to Coast. ¬†I don’t think I will continue running doubles¬†after the relay race ¬†but it’s nice for now.

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Houston Marathon Training – Week 1

I survived Week 1!

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That means I’m way, way ahead of my 2014 attempt at a marathon, i.e. the time I got injured before I even started training. ¬†When training for Houston starts to get hard it will be difficult¬†not to say”Well, I’m way ahead of where I was in 2014 so maybe I should just quit while I’m ahead!”

So: last week. ¬†Aside from Wednesday’s attempt at¬†a faster pace than usual (oof), the running itself was not too hard. ¬†The overall mileage was actually a bit less than the ~40 miles I averaged per week in July and August. ¬†The problem was that work got a bit crazy leading up to Labor Day and I ended up going out 3 nights in a row, which was probably more going out¬†than I did in the entirety of August. ¬†Foam rolling, yoga, strength/core work, and adequate sleep fell by the wayside. ¬†I fully¬†intend to keep socializing and having fun during the rest of this 20 week training cycle but I definitely want to maintain a better balance so I don’t end up losing a ton of sleep and skipping injury prevention exercises.

This is the plan I’m (mostly) following. ¬†Here is Week 1 per the plan:

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Here is what I actually did:

Monday, 29-Aug:¬†I wanted to do this workout on the track in the morning but¬†slept horribly on Sunday night. ¬†So I did an afternoon treadmill workout instead. ¬†I am trying to keep the treadmill running to a minimum but it was something like 95 degrees in the afternoon and I couldn’t move this to another day. ¬†Anyway:¬†1 mile warm up, 4 x 800m @ 7:03 pace with 400m recovery, 1 mile cool down for¬†4.75 miles. ¬†Also did 25 minutes of yoga afterwards. ¬†For most of the summer I’ve been using this video 2-3 times per week. ¬†It feels really good to do extra stretching in the afternoon¬†after I’ve been sitting all day for work.

Tuesday, 30-Aug:¬†Rest. ¬†As much as possible I’m trying to schedule morning runs for days when I don’t have to go to the office. ¬†On Tuesday I had a 7 AM conference call at home with a whiny cat in the background and then I went to the office. ¬†It was a long day and it felt good not to run.

Wednesday, 31-Aug:¬†In the morning I did my first attempt at speed work on the running trail since…probably March. ¬†The plan states “45 minute fartlek”, so I decided to jog to the trail and then run a 5 mile loop. ¬†I programmed the workout into my Garmin with a target pace of 7-7:10 for the fast segments and¬†¬†8:30-9:00 min/mile pace for the “moderate” segments. ¬†(That seems slow compared to how I was running earlier this year but my easy runs this summer have been 9:30-10:00 min pace, so I was trying not to be overly ambitious.)¬† The execution was a bit flawed– my warm up was too short and my Garmin kept buzzing during the fast segments because I’d start sprinting, then slow down, then pick up the pace again, etc. ¬†I think I should have put in a slower and wider margin like 7:00-7:30. ¬†The good news was that I was comfortably able to run 8:30-9:00 min pace without much thought. ¬†Also, aside from some execution flaws, I think this was a good first workout back on the trail since I was running fast (and increasing my turnover) but just for a minute at a time. ¬†The bad news was that this workout felt really tough. ¬†Other bad news was that I had another run scheduled in the afternoon.

AM run: Too short warm-up,¬†d6 x 1 min @ 5K (7:00-7:10 pace), 5 min @ “moderate” (8:30-9:00 pace), cool down (5.38 miles).

Running doubles may seem like a weird idea given my total weekly mileage but I’m trying this for the next few weeks on the advice of a veteran Cap to Coast runner. ¬†During the relay I’ll be running 3 times in approximately 24 hours for a total of around 20 miles. ¬†So the idea is that running doubles once a week will get me used to less recovery time. AM workout + PM run probably wasn’t the best idea but the overall mileage for the day was okay.

PM run: 5 miles easy on the treadmill

We went to the Paramount at night to see¬†Some Like It Hot and then I ate an enormous amount of Amy’s Ice Cream because it was my birthday.

Thursday, 1-Sep: Due to evening plans I had to do this run in the morning, which was not pleasant after two runs and a late night on Wednesday.  4.13 miles easy.

On Thursday night I went to a happy hour and dinner and didn’t get home until around 10, which is super late for me during the week!

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Friday, 2-Sep: Rest, thankfully. Although I had another late night so we could see one last summer classic movie at the Paramount (Rebel Without a Cause).

Saturday, 3-Sep: Early morning group run. ¬†Plan called for 7 mile “long run”, I ended up with 8.07 miles (ran with someone doing a 5 mile loop + mileage to/from our meeting spot). ¬†I felt remarkably good given several nights of suboptimal sleep.

Saturday night we stayed home and ate burgers and fries while watching the last episode of Stranger Things.  Stranger Things is SO GOOD by the way.  Usually I shy away from anything remotely sci-fi but I loved this show.

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French fries (and Eggo waffles) 4-ever

Sunday, 4-Sep: Another early morning group run.  This time I ended up with 5.86 miles (weird mileage is again due to running to/from the group meeting spot).

Total: 33.19 miles

Even though the lower mileage initially concerned me (I’m running a marathon, shouldn’t I be running more?!), I was thankful to run less while upping the speed work a bit. ¬†This week should be around 35 miles if I follow what I entered into Excel awhile back. ¬†Goals this week will be to sleep more, not slack on yoga/stretching/etc., and keep up the speed work even if I have to run more by effort vs. target pace since I’m slower.

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