One of my longer runs from the week looked normal enough:
13.50 miles in 1:57:28 (8:41/mile). What you don’t see is the work I put into some parts of this run.
I started with a three mile warm up: 9:26, 9:18, 9:18.
I was going to do a progression and hang out around 9:00, but I kept speeding up (which I wasn’t going to do until next week)… so I just went with it.
Three miles at a faster pace: 8:26, 8:25, 8:11.
Three miles easy pace: 9:08, 9:16, 9:00.
It was a downhill back to where I started, so I decided to just go for it. Three miles at a faster pace: 8:02, 8:01, 7:43.
Cool down 1.5 miles: 8:53, 8:30 (0.5 mile).
(Luckily, all of the water fountains were about three miles apart. Perfect for this workout!).
WOW. I was so glad to get this run done. It was tough to run when it was around 70 degrees, but I want to get used to the heat just in case it gets warm when I run the Boston Marathon in a few weeks o__O
It was kind of a confidence-booster to be running at a faster pace! Still not sure what is a reasonable goal for Boston. We’ll see if I can hold down a longer tempo run.
Saturday morning was so busy! I had an early morning prayer meeting, breakfast with the church folks after, a hot run, wedding dress shopping for a friend, and then dinner!
Here’s how the hot run went:
9:09, 8:57, 9:06, 9:16, 8:58, 9:07, 9:01, 8:56, 8:28.
Total: 9 miles in 1:21.
I consider it a hot run when it gets above 70 degrees. It started out at 62 degrees but was 73 degrees at the end of the run. YIKES, I was so uncomfortable with the heat! It was supposed to be an easy pace, but the effort was so much greater because of how warm it was.
In actuality, I don’t think this is actually even considered that hot… I’m just super duper not used to it, haha.
I won’t reveal any of the dresses the beautiful bride-to-be wore, but here is one with most of the bridesmaids after the first round of trying on dresses:
SO EXCITED for October to roll around :D!
This morning, I went to the gym to do an easy-paced 8 miles (73:48).
I think I’m ready to see if I can do one of the Hansons Marathon Method strength runs (though at a slower pace than the BQ pace I did last time). If all goes well, I think I’ll just attempt to hop into the plan and train for a general time range for Boston. Originally, I was just going to enjoy it with zero time goal!
Anyone regularly use the treadmill? Do you read a magazine/book/listen/etc. to music while you’re on it?