Tuesday: 4 miles easy
Wednesday: 4 miles with 2 at Marathon Goal Pace (9:09/mile)
Saturday: 4 miles easy in Charlotte
Last week was ok. I still wasn't feeling great on Monday after a bad cold over the weekend and even today I'm still feeling pretty run down. Last week was supposed to kick off my new marathon training plan but I just wasn't feeling great.
I didn't have a long run scheduled for the week so I didn't miss much, but it always seems like I get sick during the first week or peak week of training and that's frustrating. I'm hoping I bounce back quickly this week and can pick up where I've left off but I will say that I'm pretty happy with that MGP run that I did.
My training plan called for a 35-minute tempo run with a 15 minute warm up and cool down. I knew I wasn't going to be able to do that. I haven't run a tempo run in 3 years and I haven't run anything close to a 9:00 mile in as long. My plan was to run 4 miles with 2 as fast as I could and just build from there but I started that first mile and I felt good. It was tough to push the pace, but I did it and that is exactly what marathon training is all about...pushing the pace, pushing limits, pushing yourself. So, I'm happy with the start to this training, even if I didn't get every run in because those 2 miles...while they weren't 26...gave me the confidence I needed to kick off this training.
So, here's to Marathon #7. Here's to my 4th attempt at going sub-4. Here's to a spring and summer of pushing myself and seeing what I'm capable of on July 31 in San Francisco.
How's your training going?
What races are you eyeing in the coming months?