We are a little over a month out from Boston, which means we're in the thick of the final grind until taper. Only a few more weeks of long runs and workouts, then the ever amazing thing called rest. This year is light years different than the final few weeks before Boston last year, that's for sure. I'm truly excited to head back to Massachusetts in a few weeks, and embrace all that the weekend and the race have to offer. More about that another time, for now I need to focus on getting through the rest of this cycle.
This point in training is...
When the already tough task (for me) of waking up in the morning becomes, even tougher. The struggle is real.
Where the thought of running 26.2 miles at X:XX pace makes me feel like.......
Where Tuesday night I cancel plans to do something because I am EXHAUSTED and will be in bed by 8 PM.
Where on Wednesday night (following above Tuesday) I say yes of course we can keep our plans tonight, as long as I can stretch and foam roll too. I'm such an exciting date.
This is the point in training where I need to sit back and relax for a hot minute and look at what I've done so far.
14 (Easy @ 7:49 average)
16 (Progression @ 7:30 average)
16 (Easy @ 7:42 average)
5 x 1 mile (6:08 average)
9 mile tempo with 2 x 3 miles (6:56 average for entire thing)
9 mile 'broken' tempo (6:51 average for entire thing)
10 Mile (6:48 average for entire thing)
18 (Progression, with 7:23 average)
20 (Easy @ 7:56 average)
6 x 1 mile groove intervals (6:17 average)
5 x 1 mile w/60 seconds rest (6:07 average)
4 x 2 mile @ 15k (6:28 average)
3 x 1 mile @ V02 (5:48 average)
12 x 200m (4:46 average pace)
50 Min. wave tempo alternating between ~goal MP and 10k pace (6:59 average for the entire thing)
8.2 mile tempo run (including a 10k PR in the middle, 6:38 average for the entire thing)
Lake Effect Half-Marathon
22 (Easy @ 8:12 average)
16 (Progression, with 7:30 average)
18 (Easy @ 7:56 average)
5 x 1 mile cruise interval (6:26 average)
14 mile tempo (6:51 average for the entire thing)
12 mile tempo (6:39 average for the entire thing)
5 mile race PR
Upcoming Half marathon this weekend
Maybe I just needed to take the time to write all of that out, stare at it and take a few things away from it all...
1. January was still a solid start to the year, even with being sick for a week.
2. Holy Speed Batman! February really worked on my turnover.
3. No wonder I'm freaking tired right now, that's a whole lotta' work...
4. Those 'average for the entire thing' include warm-up and cool down miles on tempo runs. There was a time my 'tempo pace' wasn't even as fast as I am averaging including those slow miles. Progress.
So, I may be tired and hungry and ready for taper but I've got a few more weeks of work to do. Hey Boston.....