My "training" has been humming along, according to plan. Last week was a "high mileage" week, by my standards.
Total mileage for last week: 40
Tuesday: biking & core work
Wednesday: 6 mile tempo - 1 mile warm-up, 3 mile tempo (8:09, 8:00, 8:08), 2 mile cooldown
Thursday: 12 miles - 1:50:50 (9:15 pace)
Saturday: 7.22 miles - 1:39:18 (13:46 pace) - Jockey Hollow (hilly trails)
Sunday: 5 miles - 45:48 (9:10 pace) + Glenn-designed "bootcamp"
By the middle of this week, there were little twinges in my knees, so I went easy on the mileage.
Total mileage for this week: 29.75
Monday: 6 miles - 53:50
Wednesday: 6 miles - 53:26 & strength training (abs, biceps and triceps, lunges and squats)
Thursday: 4 miles - 39:31
Friday: swimming 750 yards
Saturday: 7.25 mile group run on the towpath - 1:04:03
Sunday: 6.5 miles on Thompson Park trails (some hills) - 1:02:00
This brings my total mileage in January to 152.2 miles...the most monthly mileage I have done in over 6 months.
I ran the Thompson Park trails today with Jorge, who has run sub 3-hour marathons in the past. He is suffering from an injury which is now forcing him to run at my pace. I warned him that that wouldn't stop me from bragging that I ran with (and kept pace with) a sub 3-hour marathon runner!
Frank the Forerunner has become my cherished companion. Though I've had him for the past month, I only recently started downloading all the cool training data (never thought I would ever call data "cool"!). I must say, I am digging all the elevation, speed and pace graphs and charts. I changed some of the settings, so Frank now pushes me to be faster and nudges me with a "Speed Up" beep when I slow down for a water break. A watch used to put pressure on me...but I now realize (after a lot of trial and error, mostly error) that every day is going to be different, and a 8:40 pace on one day could become a 9:40 pace another day. So, instead of kicking myself like I used to, I am just having a lot of fun...even on those days when my legs are toast.