Week 1 Recap:
Last week went pretty well, considering I hadn’t been doing much running before training started.
I kept pretty consistent with my speed work paces even though I did them on snow and ice. I reasoned that the Monon Trail would have been clear of winter weather since I knew the Cultural Trail looked like it was mid-summer. Fail. If it wasn’t snow, it was black ice every 4th stride. Not a fun way to do 400’s. The required pace was 1:44 for each and I averaged around 1:50 for all 12. Not bad, I’d say. 7.3 miles/1:04:48
The tempo run was harder. I started out with a stomach ache that I thought would go away after the first easy mile. That didn’t happen, so I started in on my 3 mile tempo early. Goal was 7:44 per mile and I went 7:50, 7:55 and 8:02. Kinda died, but I think I did okay for the first week. 5 miles/41:23
The long run was actually pretty fun. I started at 7:30am in 20 degree weather, testing out a new ear headband from Mizuno. It came recommended from the guy at the running store, but it still wasn’t super tight around my ears which bugged me by mile 4. Goal pace for the 8 miles was 8:36, and I managed an 8:35 pace with only a few stops in between, mostly stoplights. The only thing that worries me so far is that it did feel hard. I know it’s week 1 and I’ll get stronger, but I still catch myself thinking, “And HOW am I supposed to do 13 miles at 8:16??” 8 miles/1:08:35
Week 2 already starts with a wrench in the gears. I’m having my wisdom teeth removed on Thursday afternoon. So an executive decision has been made to move around the runs for this week.
Monday: Pure Cardio and Cardio AbsTuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 10-20 WU. 400, 600, 800, 1200, 800, 600, 400 (400 Rest Intervals). 10 CD
Friday: If I’m able: 5 miles at mid-tempo (7:59)
Saturday: Bike 16 miles
Sunday: 9 miles at 8:36
If Friday’s run can’t happen, it’s moving to Saturday, and the bike ride gets nixed in favor of the long run on Sunday, done much slower than 8:36, haha. I don’t mind having to go slower; I just want to get it in. Hopefully I don’t have a lot of post-surgery pain and I can still fit in the two runs.
So far I’m not seeing a whole lot of runners out there. I think a lot of them stick to the treadmills in this weather, but I find it so much easier to breathe when it’s cold out. Once you get through that initial half mile, you’re warm and happy and ready to work! I did manage to catch a big running group on the Canal on my way back home on Saturday, though. Might have been a Mini training group. I should look into one of those to find people who run at my pace. Those long runs are much more fun with friends!