Sunday, February 22, 2009

Phase 4: week 2 of 5

My first thought about my training this last week is that it was the most disappointing week I've had since I started my training plan for Boston. After getting sick on Thursday I had to cut my mileage short - so, I ended up with 11 less miles than planned.

But, on second thought, my quality days were not too bad. On Wednesday I had my first track workout in a few months - 6X1000m - it actually went a little better than I had hoped. Every repeat got a little faster - with my last 1000m in 4:48 mile pace. And today I made it through a tough 10 mile course, without embarrassing myself, at the Club Championships in Columbia, MD. Most importantly, our team won the overall championship, which was not completely expected, and a lot of fun.

This week is the highest mileage total that I have planned in my 24 weeks of marathon training. I think I'm on the backside of being sick - but, I'm going to have to play it by ear. And I'm running a "marathon" this weekend - really it's just a long distance run - but, I'm sure it won't be a walk in the park.

Last Week
Monday morning: 6 miles
Monday evening: 9 miles
Tuesday morning: 4 miles
Tuesday evening: 11.5 miles
Wednesday morning: 4 miles
Wednesday evening: 11 miles 6X1000 I pace 3 min rest (3:11;3:09;3:08;3:07;3:05;3:00)
Thursday: 8.5 miles
Friday evening: 8.5 miles
Saturday: 6.5 miles 5X100m
Sunday: 17 miles 3 mi easy 10 mi race (Club challenge) 56:24 4 mi easy
Total: 86 miles

This Week
Monday morning: 4 miles
Monday evening: 7.5 miles
Tuesday morning: 4 miles
Tuesday evening: 12 miles 2X3 mi @ T pace 3 min rest 2 mi @ T pace
Wednesday: 15 miles
Thursday morning: 4 miles
Thursday evening: 11 miles
Friday morning: 4 miles
Friday evening: 12 mi hills
Saturday: 10.5 miles 8X100m
Sunday: 26 miles
Total: 110 miles


RM said...

Wait - what?!!? They have you doing a marathon length run?? That's crazy! You should just jump into the B&A Trail marathon, isn't that this weekend?

Ben said...

that's what i'm doing. It was going to be a 24 mile run - but, i saw the B&A was this weekend - so, i thought "what's an extra two miles?"

alyssa said...

dude it runs by my parents house and I was totally planning on going home Sunday to get help with my taxes and with life. So if you want, I can totes set up a water stop just for you at mile 1.

ha, sike. Their house is at mile one but if you want I can bike wherever and drop you off some goods.

Ben said...

thx alyssa - i think i'll be alright - here's the lowdown on the water stops from an e-mail i got today: "Water/support stops will be at 3, 5, 7, 8.5, 11, 12.5, 15, 17, 19, 21.5, and 24.5 with Gatorade, Coke, fruit, cookies, and hard candies. Vaseline and aspirin are also available." Since I'll also be donning my new "gel belt" (i never thought i'd see the day) i think i'll be alright - thx though.

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