March 6, 2012

Madrid Marathon Training: Week 10

6 weeks to go! Say what?!

If you asked me how my training was going about 5 hours ago when I was lying in bed dreading my second attempt ever at Yasso 800s, I would have mumbled a number of profanities about speed, being slow, my knee blowing up and hating Yasso 800s.

Last week was a slow week for me. I was having a hard time getting into any pace under 10 miles which was really frustrating but I attribute it to doubling my weekly mileage last week from the previous 2 weeks. It happens, you know? The last time I did Yasso 800s, me knee blew up and I couldn't move for 3 days, never mind I was really worried about getting out there today.

The plan was 6 800s at 3:50. Here's how they turned out: 3:50, 3:46, 3:58, 3:51, 3:48, 3:45.

I'll take it...only one of those splits was above 3:50 and they were all sub-4. This bodes well for my dreams of crushing the 4:00 mark in Madrid.

Yasso 800s aren't fun or easy, but let me tell you...8 1/2 miles on a Tuesday morning at the track will do a hell of lot for your confidence.

So after 2 weeks of sick and 1 week of being slow, I'm feeling much better and back into the swing of things.

Madrid Marathon Training: Week 10
Total Mileage Last Week: 36
Missed Workouts: None, but I cut my 9 mile MGP run down to a 4 mile MGP run
Trouble Spots: Being slowwwww
Planned Mileage This Week: 43

Monday: 4 miles easy with 4 strides
Tuesday: Yasso 800s - 6 800s at 3:50
Wednesday: REST DAY (Much needed after 5 days of running without a break)
Thursday: 10 miles with 8 at MGP
Friday: 4 miles easy
Saturday: 20 miles
Sunday: Rest Day!

Goals for this Week: Get in every run...without cutting anything short
Current Annoyances: Nothing after dominating my workout this morning!
Things to Keep in Mind: Sub-4 is SO achievable!

Fun Fact about Madrid #1: At 650 meters above sea level (over half a mile!), Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe.

So that's that! Happy Tuesday!


  1. Girl, you are so motivated that I just KNOW you will crush the 4:00 mark. Seriously.

  2. This is so surreal to me - what an awesome goal! I'm so sad I'll be missing you, though! I'll be there just the next month. One day, you and I are going to cross paths lady - I just think you're so awesome!

  3. Wow, you killed it!!! Congrats!!


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