Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Workout at the track this morning:
300m with 100m recovery x 6, 1200, 800, 800
Expected times: 300's in 75, 1200 in 5:09, 800's in 3:26
My times: 71 71 71 71 70 68 4:57 3:18 3:18
I cannot wait until after San Diego because I will definitely be ready to move up to a faster group! I've been exceeding my goal times for a while now and today the times I ran actually felt a little easy. I wasn't pushing through and I didn't dread a single interval because they all felt possible! YAY!!!!
I still don't know that I'll ever get used to waking up at 4:45AM especially on a work day but I do just love love love the feeling of completely a great workout and still having my entire day ahead of me!! :)
On cloud 9 ... but that should be no surprise. Track workouts give me the greatest high.
1 1/2 weeks to go .....
Sunday, May 23, 2010
This weekend my schedule called for a fifteen miler. This is my fourth marathon and by no means am I a pro, but my schedule has always called for a twelve miler two weeks before the big day! I decided to trust my coach and go for the fifteen. The fifteen had specific instructions: 7 easy, 8 at goal pace. I've struggled this entire training schedule with adding goal pace marathon miles into my long runs. I decided to give it a go this time around aiming for 8:15's. I was running solo today as it was both of my running partner's birthdays. Crazy coincidence, huh! Happy Birthday, Penny!! One was running a 5K while the other was out of town for her birthday. David's step mom, Nora, woke up bright and early and rode her bike along side of me! Very sweet!!
Overall, I felt pretty good. My easy miles are getting faster and remaining easy, though my legs were still pretty heavy towards the end of the run. I didn't push too hard - I am tapering!! :) I'm definitely not ready for a marathon today ... but I feel really good considering I had my 22 miler last weekend.
Total time: 2:09:32
8:45 - This was the end of the 7. I stopped at the car, drank some water and took a gel. Then, I headed off for the remaining 8!
So, I didn't quite hit the 8:15's, but I didn't want to push too hard! I felt pretty good. My half marathon split was: 1:53:30. Not too bad during a long run! I'm ready to continue the taper and back off some more this week! Next week calls for 9-10 miles as my long run with only the last mile at goal pace! :)
Off to the beach I go!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This mornings workout was a little different. I got to the track a little late and was only able to do a 1/4 mile warm up. I know ... shame on me! I was very optimistic that I would have a good workout and that I was/am fully recovered from the 22 miler on Saturday. I think I was mostly right. I had only ran an easy 5 miler on Monday and an easy 7 miler yesterday.
800 400 400 800 400 400 1200 800 (Breaks: 1 min after 400 and 2 min after 800's and 3 min after 1200)
Expected Times: 3:28, 1:41, 1:40, 3:27, 1:40, 1:39, 5:12, 3:26
My times: 3:21 92 91 3:18 92 92 5:07, 3:21
I felt really good. Probably a little too good on the 400's. I knew I wasn't supposed to run that fast but I still hit all of my other times. I even hit all of the times from the group ahead of me. I didn't push at all on the 5:07 ... it actually felt pretty comfortable! :)
I was actually the only one in my group today and so I had to run solo. Some of the girls that I usually run with started 30 minutes before me. I thought about hoping in with them and then finishing the rest on my own but I opted for a solo workout. I need to learn how to pace alone anyways.
Another Wednesday, another track day, another happy Jaime! :)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Never fear, though ... he holds me accountable, so I'll be completing all of my scheduled taper runs - including 15 miles this weekend (I usually only run 12). Maybe I tapered too much for NYC and San Francisco and Arizona .... actually, there is no maybe - I did. I've looked through my training logs. So, I'm excited this time around - tapering with structure.
Let the taper begin!
Monday - Easy 5
Tuesday - Easy 7
Wednesday - Track
Thursday - Easy 7
Friday - OFF
Saturday - 8 easy, 7 at goal pace
Sunday - OFF
Total - 34 miles + track (typically around 5 miles total)
No pics today! But, I'll have a track post for you in the morning!! :)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I was surprised with the workout today! It seemed a little short. Typically, our workouts total 3-3.5 miles in speed plus an optional mile. Today, it was slightly less, but that doesn't mean it was any easier!
400 400 400 1600 400 400 400 Opt. 1600
We rest roughly a minute after all of the 400's and I think we got a 3 1/2 minute break after the mile.
Expected Times: 1:41 for the 400's and 6:56 for the mile (Opt. Mile was supposed to be in 7:05).
Actual Times: 98 96 96 6:41 96 94 86 6:57
**Disclaimer (because I can): My Garmin read 6:36 for the mile. I know it's all relative but it's never read faster than 6:38 so I was excited! I'll still take the 6:41 though! :)
Some of the girls were out kicking me in practice today, but I still exceeded the times besides I ran a 20 miler last Saturday and have 22 miles this week. All things considered, I'll take this workout but you better believe that I'm excited to see what I can do on fresh legs!!! :)
It's an easy 7 miler tomorrow morning and then 22 on Saturday. I'm quickly approaching the taper point .... Watch out San Diego because I am getting ready ....
Monday, May 10, 2010
I don't know that I will ever get used to my alarm going off at 4AM. I probably should have set it earlier, but 3:xx am just doesn't even sound right. So, the plan was to be up at 4AM and out the door by 4:30-4:40 so that I could be running by 5AM. Easy enough, right?!
Everything was ready the night before - clothes layed out, garmin charged and the coffee delay was set! I was even in bed by 9:30 and asleep by 10PM.
4AM threw my routine off a little, but everything went as planned and I was indeed running by 5AM! For breakfast, I ate a chocolate chip cookie and had coffee - probably not the best start to my day but it I justified it - cookies are carbs after all and I was about to burn a ton of calories.
I met up with Ryan, a running friend from track. We started off nice and easy and I decided not to look at my watch until after the first mile. It's nice to run without looking at your watch. I really tried the entire run to not stress about the splits. Technically, I was supposed to run 5 easy, 5 at goal pace, 5 easy and 5 at goal pace. I threw in a couple of good miles when I felt like it, but otherwise I just kept it easy.
My splits were:
I didn't carry water (don't yell)! I know! But, I did stop at least six times (all quickly) at every water fountain I found. I even gelled three times which is a lot for me! I was drenched (from the humidity) within the first half a mile and when I finallylooped back around to my car (around mile 11), I ditched my shirt. No matter how thin or dry fit a tanktop is, it is no match for the humidity. I'm going to have to learn how to suck it up and run in my sports bra living in FL.
I got a side stitch around mile 18. Otherwise, I was feeling like picking it up but couldn't run any faster. Stupid side stitch!
It felt really good to get this run under my belt! Total time was 3:00:39 (9:02 avg pace). I'm the biggest advocate of the taper but still have the common post 20 mile thoughts. Everything about this run went great, but how am I going to take off 30-45 seconds per mile!!! Believe, Jaime, believe!! :)
22 miler on Saturday and then I'll be tapering ... be prepared for grouchiness. Just kidding. Believe it or not, I'm going to be starting even earlier (I've recruited two 11 miler shifts - I have good friends). I can learn to live with this heat and humidity because nothing beats running for hours on end and then heading to the beach!
Happy Monday, all! :) Congrats to everything that raced this weekend.
Friday, May 7, 2010
From WNW4 mph
From W4 mph
Sunrise 6:45 am
From W4 mph
From W3 mph
90% humidity! For any of you experts out there, should I approach this run any differently? It's going to get HOT later in the day, so that is why I'm starting so super early! But, the only way around the humidity is the treadmill and I just cannot do that!! I just checked out San Diego weather for tomorrow and it looks as though it's around 70% humidity ... so I guess it's better that I learn to run in this stuff now rather than later!
It's almost the weekend!! Yeah!
Good luck this weekend, Penny!! I know you've got a sub 1:40 in you!!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Leading up to todays workout, my schedule has been intense. My "off" days were altered a little, too because of the 5K race this week.
Saturday: 2 mile warm up, 5K in 22:35. Hot, humid, sticky and exhausted.
Sunday: 15 miles - 5 at 10AM in the 92 degree heat. So, then I had to drive to the gym and finish the remaining ten on the treadmill. 8:57ish pace (treadmill). 9:25ish pace outside. I never thought that I'd look forward to the treadmill. Not sure how Penny ran 8 miles outside .... she's tougher than me!!
Monday: 9 miles. 2 easy, 5 at 7:50 pace, 2 easy - at lunch in the heat = TOUGH, but successful nonetheless.
Tuesday: 8 easy --> Though, I decided to wake up early (4:30AM) to beat the heat and meet up with some of my track buddies for this run, my pace was a little faster than easy. Splits were: 8:24, 8:25, 8:28, 8:30, 8:32, 8:56, 9:01, 9:02 + .38 (9:00 pace). Constant positive splits but the first 5 were very consistent and the last three were pretty consistent. Again, though ... faster than "easy"
Wednesday AM TRACK - 6 x 800 (Expected times: 3:26, 3:24, 3:22, 3:25, 3:23, 3:21) 2 minutes rest between
Actual Splits: 3:24, 3:19, 3:20, 3:24, 3:23, 3:26. I had nothing left for a kick on the last one and for the first time in forever didn't run the optional mile. I can usually dominate a 6x800 workout (it's one of my favorites) but today it took the very best of me.
Tomorrow calls for an easy 7 (which will probably be done at recovery pace). Friday is off. Saturday is my 20 miler and it comes with specific instructions. 5 easy, 5 gmp, 5 easy, 5 gmp.
So, I had a tough workout ... I still am in love with the track. I'll redeem myself next week and I'll keep you posted on my 20 miler!
Happy Cinco de Mayo.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Training for marathons is different. On the majority of your runs, you find a pace that is comfortable (breathing wise). As the miles add up, your legs get tired and tight. But, more often than not, you aren't out of breath.