Last week was a whirlwind with time change, snow storm and everything else. I'm certainly glad it's over but looking back I'm happy with how it went on the training front (for the most part). It ended up being a a relatively (for me) light week all around but hey, I'm still improving so there is a method to my madness
PM: 4 Miles (7:54 Pace)
PM: 10 Miles Total (7:05 average pace) with 10x800m (3:11 Average)
PM: 30 Minutes Strength Training, 45 Minutes Bike (14.3 Miles)
PM: 3 Mile walk
AM: 1.66 Mile warm-up (7:50 pace), 5 Mile race
AM: 17 Mile Long run (7:44 pace)
Total Running Miles: 37.7 Miles
Total Biking Miles: 14.3 Miles (womp womp)
Total Strength/Core Training Time: 30 Minutes (womp womp, again)
Monday was the return to running after a few days off. To be honest, it felt like hell. My shin was sore, as was everything else. I can tell that my form as been altered trying to overcompensate. Not to mention I was fighting muddy flooded sidewalks, lets just say it wasn't a happy running reunion.
Tuesday was the day I needed. Although my shin didn't feel 100%, it felt really good to get a hard workout in. I wasn't sure if I would be able to do all the intervals, but once I got going it just felt better.
Faster feels better right now, so I revamped my training plan to better suit my needs. This also relieved some of the stress about all of the numbers. Quality over quantity.
The weekend ended up being a strong weekend of running, something that I needed. 5 mile PR (recap this week), and a solid long run on Sunday. I'm feeling more confident going into the final weeks of training right now. I am not 100% and I know that I won't be as prepared as possible, but doing the best I can working through the shin problems. Once the race gets closer and get the next few weeks of training under my belt, I'll re-evaluate my goals and expectations for Boston.
I'm disappointed with my lack of biking, strength training and cross training this week, but it isn't the end of the world. I'll get back in the saddle this week (literally). I spent a LOT of time stretching a rolling this week so if that's what took place of my core work I can't really complain as I knew it was beneficial. I think some down time this week was actually what I needed, and allowed me to let my shin recover more. I think 'down' weeks have their purpose and sometimes it's to remind us to step back when we wouldn't normally.
This week should be pretty good, a few more running miles(but nothing crazy), back at it with biking and strength training- and also getting my butt back into pool this week as it has been far too long. I'm excited to run Syracuse half-marathon this coming weekend, I think it will be a good gauge of where I am at for Boston. Also excited because I get to see some awesome people in 'Cuse :)
Anyone else running Syracuse Half this weekend?
What are you training for right now?
Will you do tune-up races before the big day?