On Sunday I ran the March Madness Half marathon. Spoiler alert: I got a PR by 2 minutes. It was completely unexpected and awesome and wow. More on that in another post.
crappy "photo of my medal in the parking lot because I didn't have my squad with me" selfie
Despite being swamped at work again due to changes, I had one of my highest mileage weeks (running wise) again.
One of the things Ive been working on the past few weeks is to take my easy runs much easier. After reading Pete's blog about 80/20 running, I decided to be more mindful about my pace during runs. Sometimes "easy" is 8:30's for me, yet that's only 35 seconds slower than my marathon PR pace. Lately Ive been taking easy runs at 9:00+ a mile and find I'm more rested and have more energy.
I just ordered the book 80/20 by Matt Fitzgerald and look forward to reading it in my limited spare time.
The highlight of this week of workouts was my speed sesh consisting of a fartlek where I alternated each song at a fast pace 7:20-30 followed with a song at a slow pace of 8:30. The other highlight was my new half PR.
Monday- easy 6 miles @ 9:13 pace
Tuesday- Fartlek every other song @ 7:30-20, with 2x400's @ 6:30 pace
Wednesday- 3.25 miles @ 9:30 pace
Thursday- 7 miles @ 9:18 pace
Friday- 3 miles with the pup (11:33), 3.75 miles @ 9:25 pace
Saturday- 10 miles progressive avg 8:20 pace
Sunday- 13.1 miles 1:42.34 avg 7:49
Goals and Stuff
After Sunday's half, I'm much more confident that I can run a sub 3:30 in Boston. I felt good enough on the hills and will continue doing body weight exercises and stairs post hard efforts.
I ran outside with CBdog on Friday after work. Runs like these make me super happy- I remember the days we used to run 18 miles in Alameda, CA together when he was 6. Now 3 miles is our limit since he is 12 and it takes a toll on his body.
I really need to run outside more. When I'm outside, I love running along the lakefront. But sometimes (most days) it's hard for me to get out there. I hate the cold and how it makes my hands hurt despite having some really nice gloves. I also can't get all the crime I read about out of my head. But on the other hand, running inside my hot gym is great Heat acclimatization in case Boston is a sauna.
I'm going to make an effort to run outside this week.
I also need to be more mindful of what I'm eating. Ive cut back on alcohol, but need to stop binging on food. I'm much better than I was, but need to stick with proper portion sizes and drink more water.
13 Days to go until Shamrock Shuffle
28 Days to go until BOSTON!