I ended up making last week my cutback week--my only of this 11 week training cycle. It's probably a bit silly since I should have just done my 20 miler on Sunday and had a longer taper, but whatever. However, Adam and I both had Sunday off together and so I decided that I would rather spend it hanging out with him than running for 2 1/2-3 hours and being a slacker the rest of the day.
I ran 3 6-milers and 1 7-miler last week--a nice little 25 mile week. 2 of the runs were on the TM and I tried to just take it nice and easy. 1 was at 8:34 pace and 1 was a progressive run that I turned up the mph with each mile. I wasn't super hungry for more, but I wasn't feeling spent--I guess that's the point of a cutback week?
The 7 miler on Sunday was outside. It was weird that I was hot because my last Greenway run was snow-covered. I normally walk down the entrance ramp area and then start my run when I get to the path. A girl came running past me on the path and I ended up less than a tenth of a mile behind her when I started. She was running about an 8:00 pace. I debated whether or not I was going to hover behind for a bit and see if she picked up the pace (ugh) or fly past her and then try to make sure she didn't pass me back (ugh). Fortunately, she stopped about a half mile into my run dead in her tracks to adjust something on her phone/music. Woot! I did pick up my pace at that point and felt my mojo come back with my legs working.
See, ever since I started this training cycle after BQing, I've been kind of avoiding true speed work. I did some 800s like the first week or two, but then I've just been running some of my random easy runs at a faster-than-tempo pace and calling that my speed work.
I think because I was feeling so good throughout my training cycle for Rehoboth, I was afraid that I was going to fail this training cycle. And if I lowered my expectations, I wouldn't fail!
Problem is, I do want to get faster this fall and I can't just completely slack on my speed work because I have different goals right now. So after an inspirational post from Mark in Loopville yesterday, I decided I was going to tackle those mile repeats come hell or high water.
Plus, I needed to break in my new shoes before my 20 miler on Friday:
I ended up doing them in 7:01, 6:46, and 6:34.
Not my fastest for a training cycle, but only 8 seconds off so I'm feeling pretty good. Here's the (what I've remembered to collect since marathon #1) history:
|Fastest Mile Repeat||7:41||7:09||7:30||6:42||6:26||6:34|
So now I just have to conquer that one last 20 miler and then it's taper time!
I did do a few things this past week that were picture-worthy. I enjoyed a bourbon-inspired dinner with Adam at our local gastropub:
The younger pookie was excited to help celebrate:
Ah, the happiness of the pups!