March 29, 2016

Weekly Workouts 13

It's the last week of the month so I'm linking up with Tracy and Alyssa for Training for Tuesday!


I have no idea what went on this month. I have never been so busy at work. I've been working out but I haven't been logging my workouts and I can barely remember what went on last week but I'm going to try.

Monday: Off...I think?

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 20 minutes of yoga

Thursday: 5 miles with 3 at marathon goal pace. My target pace is 9:09/mile (sub-4 pace) and I did 2 miles at 8:55 and the last one at 9:08 (which was up hill!). It was easier than last week's MGP run and I felt awesome afterward.

Friday: Off. I was so mad about taking this day off! I was working from home and wanted to go to a spin class but right before lunch, I realized that I had left my computer charger at the office and I had to go get it. By the time I got back home, I blew my chances of getting any kind of workout in because I had to finish work and then head out for the play I was going to see.

Saturday: 4 miles around the National Mall where I ran into Courtney and some friends!

Sunday: Rest Day

Let's talk about race plans for a minute. I'm not running the Blue Ridge Half anymore. I'm bummed because I was really excited to push myself and see what I could do at the race. I've mentioned my sister's documentary a few times before and it's premiering at a film festival the week of the race and I can't be at both. The Blue Ridge Half will be there next year while my sister's film premiering at a festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I wouldn't miss for the world.

So what's next? I'm looking for a May Half to run but I'm turning all of my attention to the San Francisco Marathon. It's July 31st and I've already started training. Why so early? For years, I've been intrigued by Bart Yasso's Perfect 10 Marathon Training plan (which I read about in his book, My Life on the Run) and I finally have the flexibility to be able to use it. With my history of injury, I want to train the right way for this race and The Perfect 10, well, seems like the perfect plan.

How it works: Instead of breaking training down week by week, training is done on 10-day cycles that incorporate two speed workouts, a long run every 8th day, and shorter runs in between. Running long every 8th day means I'll be running long during the week but with a flexible work schedule, that won't be a problem for me.

There are 16 cycles and I'm currently on Cycle 2 (but I skipped Cycle 1 since I didn't have everything figured out yet). I'm excited to see how this training plan goes and will, of course, blog about it.

I'm debating what to do with these posts. I may switch them up and write these training recaps at the end of each cycle but I'm not sure yet. 

Have you heard of The Perfect 10?
How do you log your workouts each week?
How did your week go? What races are on your radar? 

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