Starting to base build

So after taking a week off (well, a week of running) and just walking for a few days, this past week seemed like as good a time as any to get my legs rolling again and start working on the base building that I will need rolling into spring marathon training. My goal for the weeks leading up to the beginning of a 16 week training plan are gong to include getting up to a 15 mile long run and making sure to run fast at least once every week. And by fast, I mean really fast. We are talking sub-7 mile repeats. In my mind, that scares the pee out of me, but I MUST be capable of them, right?

Yesterday I was up early to drink my coffee and feed Addie breakfast and waiting for 9 am to watch the NYC marathon. I wish they spent more time following the races instead of telling me the history of the Verrazano bridge right now. I mean, hello, these runners are solid but slight. With 25 mph winds, they could blow right off, so let's keep the camera on them. Regardless, that definitely upped the motivation to really work hard this spring and try to get that BQ that I was so close (yet so far...) from in Columbus a few weeks ago.

So this past week, let's look at the running.

Monday: 2 mile run, half mile walk. 8:27 pace
Tuesday: 3 mile run @ 8:24, 1.12 mile walk
Wednesday: 3.1 mile run @ 7:52
Thursday: 3 mile run @ 7:50
Friday: 5 mile run @ 7:24, tempo effort
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 6 miles, treadmill, 8:34 pace

22.1 miles run. 1.62 miles walked.

Overall, I had a good week. I am not mentally feeling ready to tackle double digit running yet. I am just tired of the long run still, and since I don't need to run "long" yet, I am enjoying a break from running for multiple hours. Soon enough that will be back. But for now, I am enjoying the freedom and flexibility.

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