Monday, February 2, 2009

Boston Marathon Training Update - Week 6

For those who didn’t catch the Millrose Games on TV, both Bernard Lagat and Kara Goucher won their respected mile events. Kara won her event pretty handedly while Bernard used his powerful late kick to win his race in the last lap. (You can read a short recap in Runners’ World.) Both of them looked so fast and majestic on TV that I could hardly believe they were the same people I was chatting with just a day ago. Wow. I would’ve thought that just by hanging with them for a little while on Thursday night, some of their speed, wisdom, and strength would have naturally passed onto me, propelling me to an awesome weekend of running. Ummm…apparently, not so much.

Week #6 (1/26-2/1)

What I Planned:

Interval Training: 6 total miles with 3 x 1 mile repeats at 6:04 pace
Recovery Run: 5 miles at easy pace
General Aerobic Run: 6 miles at 7:15 pace
Weekend Long Run: 16 miles at long run pace
Recovery Run: 4 miles at easy pace
Total week 6 distance: 37 miles

What I Ran:

Interval Training Run: 5.5 total miles with 3 x 1 miles (5:55/5:59/6:04)
General Aerobic Treadmill Run: 6.5 miles at 7:02 pace
Recovery Run: 2.2 miles at 7:07 pace
General Aerobic Run: 6.1 miles at 6:57 pace
Weekend Long Run: 14.1 miles at 7:31 pace
*Make-Up Short Run: 2.3 miles at 7:21 pace
Total week 6 distance: 36.9 miles; avg pace – 7:12 min/mi

How I Ran:

As you can see, my running this week was pretty haphazard and random. I ran shorter than expected on a number of runs and even had to put in a “makeup” run this weekend. In total I ran on five days for the past week which was a bit more than I’m used to. My mileage is up a bit, which didn’t have any discernable effects in the beginning of the week, but by the end of the week, I was sore and slowing down. My long run this weekend was also sataboged by the Flyers Awards Gala which had an open bar and lots of drinking and merrymaking. By the time I woke up this morning, I had a splitting heachache and thought about ditching the run. But then I thought about Bernard and Kara’s performance two days prior and make it a point to get as many miles done as possible. I ended the trip with 14 miles. Not only was it a couple miles short of my goal, but the pace was much slower too. In fact, the average pace this week was the slowest of this marathon training season for me. That’s alright. I know I must take one step back in order to move two steps ahead. We’ll try to do better next week.


Xenia said...

I'm still impressed with your mileage. I know I'm only training for a half marathon, but I only got in a whopping 13.4 miles last week. Poopsicles.

Keep on keepin' on!

Anonymous said...

You are still doing a great job. The picture of you and Kara is so cute!!

Chic Runner said...

Those games were fun to watch and Lagat is the man. Seriously. He owns that race. You are doing such a great job on your training too. That mileage is really impressive.

J said...

Maybe a slow week will help you run faster at Boston??!! You really are working hard, I am sure you will have a better week this week!

aron said...

your training is still going amazing and you will have some great weeks ahead!

Cowboy Hazel said...

If you're going to have an off week, having it this early in the training is the way to go -- at least it's not closer to Boston. And, as far as off weeks go, that wasn't bad at all.

sRod said...

Even on your bad weeks you're still kicking ass. Maybe we can meet up weekend after next for 16?

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