Getting Back Up to Speed

One of my longer runs from the week looked normal enough:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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SO EXCITED for October to roll around :D!

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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?

3 responses to “Getting Back Up to Speed

    • Totally not sure how the tempo run will go since I’m only jumping in for the last 5 weeks of Hansons program. I’m supposed to do a tempo this Wednesday. Hope I can hang on for at least 6 to 7 miles!
      OMG! I love watching a tv show when I run on the treadmill at home 😀

      • Good luck 🙂 Those Hanson’s tempos were tough with all the other runs we had to do.

        I have a 1/2 coming up soon. I want to run 1:45, but I don’t know if I’m capable these days.

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