To start with, last week was a complete throw away for training. After Monday’s 5.5 miler (which went well), I just had nothing for speedwork Tuesday, took Wednesday off from cross training and never found enough to get back out. I’ll have the occasional week like this, and have even scheduled an off-week in the past as part of a training schedule, but it still frustrates me.
Up to last week I had a fantastic start to this training schedule. A really solid four weeks that, as I look at, I might have pushed a little hard for the opening 20% of a marathon training schedule. Here’s a look:
Week 1: 19 miles
Week 2: 21.2 miles
Week 3: 25 miles (with my best speedwork session to date)
Week 4: 26.1 miles (on just 4 runs, with a 2:01:45 half-marathon long run)
Week 5: 5.5 miles
I still have to remind myself that I’m moving forward. Slow progress is progress and when February closes I’ll have logged more miles through 2 months than either of the last two years. I’ve had the best speedwork sessions I’ve ever run in the opening month of training, plus I’ve lost the weight I’ve gained following last year’s foot injury (I’m actually a couple pounds under the weight I raced in Fargo). I’m making progress, and if I get good conditions at the Marathon-to-Marathon, I feel like I’ve got a shot at taking down the 4:13:53 that stands as my personal best. We’ll see.
Four weeks away!
A reminder that the Powder Blue 5k is four weeks away. So it’s a great time to start getting out and running the streets in prep for an early season race. A reminder, you can walk, run, hop, crawl, or barrel roll…just get out and active to start the spring. Have young kids? Push ’em in the stroller for a 3.1 mile walk. Been training hard for an April or May race? Nothing better than a prep race. Haven’t got out yet this spring? Consider this a kick in the ass to get moving. I’m looking forward to race reports…race weekend in March 22-24.