Last week, I had a relatively tough workout to get through.
For the whole week before that, I was sick… coughing, some body aches, bad headaches (probably from all of the coughing), etc. Coming back to my last two weeks of “training” for the Boston Marathon was not that easy.
I’m calling it “training” because I haven’t really stuck to my plan and I can tell I am not in shape for a PR, but I want to train enough to enjoy the course and get through 26.2 miles without TOO much suffering. I have to respect the distance enough to know that even if I am not racing it, I can’t just show up and dilly dally through those miles.
Anyways, last week’s tough workout: Warm-up, 6 x 1 mile (10 seconds faster than race pace) w/ 400m rest, cooldown.
Warm-up: 2 miles
Intervals (each followed by 400m RI): 7:52, 7:48, 7:46, 7:43, 7:40, 7:32.
Cool-down: 0.5 mile
Total: 10 miles (1:24:55).
I did not intend to make it a progression for those intervals, but it just happened. My original intention was to run around 7:50 or 7:55 for each interval, but to do it by feel (uncomfortable) instead of staring at the watch the whole time.
My legs felt heavy the entire time, and I had to work for it. Every time I was able to start the next 1-mile interval, I was tempted to quit on it and just walk… but I kept telling myself, “Make it happen. Make it happen. C’mon, let’s go!” And I would start on the interval and just stick with it.
Running with and running through the fatigue of accumulated mileage is part of what the Hansons Marathon Method calls for. I remember during my last training cycle, I would be starting my run, lacking the confidence in hitting any of my paces because I was fatigued… then when I would start running, I’d somehow be able to hit the paces.
Do you want to change? Do you want to get stronger/faster? In order to make it happen, you may have to do a few different things. Recruit a friend (my friend Amy made sure I got in all of my cooldown jog mileage instead of walking early! She always encourages me to do the entire workout on those days when I want to stop early). Do something you actually enjoy. Perhaps you may not like running, but you may love racing. Put some races on the calendar that will motivate you to train. Set a 50-50 goal. This means that you are setting a goal that is challenging enough for you to work hard, but not TOO challenging where you aren’t able to attain the goal. You may not like the odds of 50-50 success-to-failure ratio, but it’s actually the best way to go 🙂
I got a new job!
I am now working as an indoor cycling instructor for Outburst Mobile Fitness! If you are around Palo Alto, you should come out and check out the class!
Here’s my view of the class:
And, yes, this is actually in a trailer!
Currently, I just teach two classes per week. It is working out well because I can still get in my last few training runs before I leave for Boston this Saturday!
Whoa. I can’t believe it’s almost that time. If you want to take a look at the race where I BQ’d, check out this post. <– M2B is a great place to race and PR, btw!
Paced the Santa Cruz Half Marathon yesterday with the RunningAddicts!
It was a little chilly in the morning, but it warmed up pretty quickly!
We all went out for a quick 1-mile jog:
It was apparently a whole lot of fun (I think I’m actually laughing hard because one second before this picture was taken, Amy did the cutest jump in the air!):
I just love pacing so much, and I really love how beautiful this course is.
Other pictures from the course:
There were a few runners I saw throughout the entire race, a few who I only talked to in the beginning and then didn’t see until the finish line, and one who was with me until we hit some of the hills from miles 8 to 9.
In any case, it was a beautiful morning for pacing (kind of super hot for those who were racing, I guess)! I am grateful for the opportunity to pace this gorgeous course for the third time 🙂
Hope you had a good weekend!
Have you ever been to Boston? Any place I MUST go visit or food I MUST eat?
What are some tips you can give me to make a tough workout happen? [always have workout clothes around? Make a date with friends? Incentives for after the finished workout?]