This was a pretty nice week of running with some great weather and camaraderie. This was the highest mileage week of the season and it felt pretty strong. It seems the rest day always comes at the best time! I started running in my new shoes on Monday – Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 4.
Monday: 5-6 miles comfortably. 6 miles along the Midtown Greenway, felt pretty good this morning. The temperature was 57, it was a little humid but at that temperature you don’t really feel it too much. I just went 3 miles out and back. I ran it in 46:18. The Greenway was a little crowded with commuting traffic, but not too bad.
Tuesday: 8-10 miles at marathon pace. Ran a total of 10.5 miles around Lake Calhoun. We did three 5K laps and then tacked on a little bit here and there – mostly for water stops. The total run was 1:19:22 (7:32). Our 5K splits were 23:22 (7:32), 22:57 (7:25), and 22:39 (7:20). In the last mile and a half we did 6 strides to almost 100% effort for 15-30 seconds. Those felt really good even as my legs were getting tired from the Marathon Pace running. It was 80 with no humidity and a nice breeze off the lake. I went for a quick dip after the run and was almost cold afterwards.
Wednesday: 5-7 miles easy. This morning I ran just with my wrist watch, but I ran the 4 mile downtown course so my 31:45 is pretty accurate. It had just stormed pretty hard as I was waking up so it was pretty humid and was 67 out. I felt tired but ok given yesterday’s workout.
Thursday: Rest day! I did rest! I had to take the car to work – can’t carry several cases of pop on my bike!
Friday: 10 miles (some at pace) I decided to run about 10 miles down the Greenway and around Lake of the Isles. Isles is just under a 3 mile loop so I decided to pick-up the tempo around the lake and run home. The total route ended up being 9 miles. I ran the 2.63 miles around the Isles at 7:20 pace and the overall run in 1:09:30 which is 7:43 pace. It was 57 but 80% humidity, but it didn’t feel too bad.
Saturday:20 miles. For today’s 20 miler we met at the University of St. Thomas and ran 5 miles out – going backwards on the marathon course. We turned around, went past UST and ran the last 5 miles of the course before turning around and running to our cars. So basically we ran the last 10 miles of the Twin Cities Marathon course. It was a good run with lots of discussion about strategy, especially hitting some of the hills in the final miles. I ran 20 miles in 2:35:07 (7:45). It was 60 at the start but humid and the temps rose fairly quickly. If we felt good we could drop to marathon pace at the end. Well for most of the run we weren’t too far off marathon pace, but in the last mile I did hit a 7:21, despite having almost bonked around mile 18. After the first mile my slowest mile was 8:09 mile 18.
Sunday:Cross-training. Rode my bike to the Midtown YWCA, only to discover that the entire pool area was closed for routine maintenance. “Crap, now what…” As I was biking home I realized, “duh just go to another YWCA.” So I rode to the Uptown YWCA and did my swimming. I swam 300 total yards and actually swam 100 yards without stopping!
Running -49.6 miles
Cycling – 32.5 miles
Swimming – 300 yds
Tip of the Week: Stretching is important for marathoners, who risk losing flexibility because of their high-mileage training. Include some stretching in your daily running routine. The best time to stretch is not before you run. Pre-workout muscles may be tight; the risk of injury is increased. Instead, stretch during–or after–your run, when muscles are warmest. Stretching on the off days also makes sense.
[tags] Hal Higdon, Marathon Training [/tags]