Monday August 8
I love the early days of marathon training when there are still 3 mile runs on the schedule!
Tuesday August 9
Wednesday August 10
Swim 3150 yds
Since I'm easing back into this all running schedule, and I'm probably swimming a 5k in a few weeks, I decided to replace Wednesday's 3 mile run with a swim.
Thursday August 11
6.0 mi pace
My current marathon PR is a 10:43 average pace. When I use the McMillan running calculator, my times in shorter races predict that I can run a significantly faster marathon. Even my half marathon PR says I can run almost 30 minutes faster. While I'm definitely shooting for a PR in Philadelphia, I don't really think that big of a time drop is realistic. I know myself and I know that I need to force myself start conservatively and then pick up the pace in the second half if I feel good. The point of all this is that I am targeting a 10:00-10:15 pace on these pace runs. Unfortunately, in this run I went a bit too fast and most of the miles were in the 9:45-9:50 range. While it's always exciting to go faster than a goal, I need to do a better job of teaching myself to run the "right" pace. It's not going to do me any good to run the pace runs at a sub-10 pace when starting a marathon that way will result in a painful crash and burn.
Friday August 12
Saturday August 13
My friend left town mid-day on Saturday and I knew it was supposed to rain a lot on Sunday, so I decided to head out for an afternoon long run. I was a bit nervous about how my stomach would handle it (I've had problems in the past), but that didn't turn out to be a problem. However, the run was not easy and my left knee felt a bit off. I had 12-13 on the schedule so I decided to stop right when I got to 12. Then on the way home I stopped at CVS to pick up a bag of ice for my first ever ice bath. Bea was pretty curious about the whole process and I was a bit concerned that I was going to end up with a cold, wet, very unhappy cat.
Sunday August 14
Swim 4000 yds
I figured it was time to up the distance in the pool from my regular 3000ish yards. I even forced myself to do a semi-long set of 8x200 (I think 4-5 is a good number of repeats so 8 was an achievement). It was a good day in the pool though I could definitely feel the extra distance in my upper body later in the afternoon.
Week 2 (miles planned/ran): 30-31/27