First off, a quick "THANK YOU" to everyone who entered my "Run the D" giveaway for an entry to the Detroit Women's Half Marathon and 5k. Rafflecopter did it's thing and we have a winner! Congratulations to Patti W - can't wait to hear how your race goes!
Now onto the training recap portion of this program.
After a pretty miserable week 8, I really stepped things up for week 9. Looking back at my DailyMile stats, this is the most miles I've run in a week in longer than the bar graph goes back and if I hit all my runs for the rest of the month, I will come in with just under 100 miles. I'm not even sure I ever hit that in a month on my first round of marathon training.
It's no wonder I'm tired and feeling a little stressed by the whole thing.
My workouts went pretty well this week and were capped off my a long run/race that was quite memorable.
Monday 7-14-14 RUN 3.1 in just under 31 min (9:51 pace). This was supposed to be an easy run but my legs decided otherwise and I pushed the pace a little.
Tuesday 7-15-14 LIFTING
Wednesday 7-16-14 RUN TEMPO 6 miles 60 min and change (10:02 pace). The 4 tempo miles were more of a progression run and the only reason I hit the average goal pace was because of the last mile. It was really quite cool outside, so I'm disappointed I didn't run faster.
Thursday 7-17-14 LIFTING
Friday 7-18-14 RUN (a bonus workout). I was feeling antsy so I did 2 miles plus 1/2 mile of strides (ave 9:44 pace).
Saturday 7-19-14 REST but it really wasn't because I walked around an expo and then downtown Chicago for hours.
Sunday 7-20-14 RUN 18.23 miles in 3:32:xx (11:36 ave pace). I ran the first 5 miles as a warm up to the Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon. It was hot, humid, and kind of sucky but a good way to get in a supported training run. You can read the race report here.
I'm feeling pretty decent since the long run on Sunday. Even Monday morning I felt good enough to go lift for 90 minutes. It's nice to see I'm recovering fairly quickly from these longer runs. Now, if it would just cool off some so I could actually hit my long run paces, I'd appreciate it. It's not looking good for my 20 miler on Saturday - in fact, storms are in the forecast so there is a chance I may be doing 20 miles on a treadmill (or multiple treadmills because of the stupid gym rules about how long you can use a machine). Pray for a dry, cool Saturday morning. Or at least no lightening.