Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week 4; Walking on Sunshine

New Year's Day trail run in gorgeous Half Moon Bay

Sunday:  10 miles @ 10:20 pace; Boyfriend joined me for the first run of the year on some easy trails in Half Moon Bay.  We took it slow and enjoyed the views and weather.  Theses were the same trails in the Half Moon Bay Marathon I ran in September.  We went 5 miles on the trails, then I finished up another 5 miles on a hotel treadmill.  I don't think I've been on a treadmill in 2 years and it was really awkward.  I had a hard time getting into a groove.  I swear that the effort felt much harder than the pace the treadmill was reporting.  And sweet baby goats, the time dragged on and on.  I couldn't keep my eyes off the distance and watched it slowly tick away in 0.01 mile increments.  I started my runner life off as a treadmill runner and I never want to go back.

Monday:  5.23 miles @ 9:28 pace [middle 3 miles: 30 sec hard every 3 minutes (8x @ 7:02 pace)]

Tuesday:  8 miles @ 9:38 pace

Wednesday:  7 miles @ 9:10 pace [ladder intervals 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 2:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 @ 7:30 pace with equal recoveries]

Friday:  17 miles @ 9:44 pace; Easy pace long run with Alyssa and Karin.  I ran the first 7 miles solo then met up with the ladies for the last 10.  It has been a few weeks since I did a long run totally at an easy pace and it was a nice change.

Bikram Yoga Count:  3

I ran 6 days in a row (Fri-Wed) during last week and this week.  I think I held up pretty well.  It has definitely been years (if ever) since I've run 6 days in a row.  I had a massage on Tuesday with an amazing woman I'm so glad I found (I've been trying to see her the week before every marathon and even during training cycles if I can stomach the price).  I told her how my shins have been acting up and she found some tight spots in my calf and the bottom of my foot that may be causing the issue.  I am also trying to get better with icing my shin post-run.  I'm in constant damage control and prevention over here.  The shin didn't get any worse with the busy running week.  So far so good.

If anyone is interested in my running log, I've used this one since 2006.  It is an excel spreadsheet and I really like all the info it gives you.  It is customizeable and keeps tracks of all types of stats. I don't even use a lot of the info it generates.


Rachel said...

killer week! i'm amazed at how you are able to consistently keep your miles high. half moon bay looks beautiful! can't imagine going from that to the treadmill : /

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh the beach. We once lived right on the beach on the south Oregon coast for a year - could run all day!!!

Alisa said...

So pretty! I still like the treadmill if the weather is bad or if I'm doing speedwork. For me, it works for speedwork b/c sometimes outside I still don't believe I can go pace X and on the treadmill I can set the pace and just go and not worry if I'm going to fast or too slow.

Cool training log link too. I've been debating what to go with since Buckeye Crashed.

Marlene said...

Awesome job this week!

Ugh, the treadmill... I can barely stand it and don't know how I did it for so long!

naomi said...

I smiled when I saw you add in how many Bikram classes you went to! I am glad to read that your new training plan is working out so well and that massage therapy is helping - I am such a believer in it! And thanks for posting your log - I am going to check it out!