|Can I get a rest day?|
Saturday: Easy run, 5.1 miles @ 9:25 pace & 6x hill sprints; Tried out some new kicks today. This model is the updated version of my current favorite shoe. I have two pairs of shoes fast approaching 500 miles each so wanted to start breaking in a new pair before those two are taken out of rotation. These have a lower heel-to-tow-drop than its predecessor and is more lightweight; Bikram Yoga
Sunday: Fartlek run, 10 miles @ 9:05 pace with 8x 3:00 pick-ups, 2:00 recovery (8:19, 7:43, 7:32, 7:46, 7:44, 7:33, 7:43, 7:32); Feeling pretty meh about how the pick-ups went.
Monday: Easy run, 12 miles @ 9:42; My legs are tired. I imagine doing this longer easy run every week is to learn to run on tired legs. Mission accomplished.
Tuesday: REST; I did some workout switcharoos to give myself a day off. I'm trying to stay in tune with what is going on with my body and definitely needed this.
Wednesday: 9 miles @ 9:22 pace, 10x 30 sec pick-ups (avg. 7:13 pace); 8x hill sprints
Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:57 pace; Boyfriend joined me for a pre-work run; Bikram Yoga
Friday: 4 miles @ 9:15 pace, 6x 30 sec pick-ups (avg. 7:01 pace); Bikram Yoga
After being so pleased about my legs bouncing back quickly last week, this week was about doing some damage control to get back on track. I had a slight taper at the end of this week. My training plan called for a 13.1 mile specific test this week where I need to pull off 13.1 miles at marathon pace. There is a local half in my backyard this weekend so that worked out perfectly. So my long run this week will take place on Sunday. When I started this training plan I was pretty nervous about running 13.1 miles @ 8:40 pace. But a few weeks ago I ran 14 miles @ 8:46 in the middle of an 18 mile run. I ran that portion a bit faster than planned, but what I essentially did was get that spec test done a little early. I may get a little more aggressive with the pacing this Sunday but I am in no way racing this half marathon. I'm excited to see how it goes and barring any catastrophe, should earn myself a new half marathon PR.