Mothers Day today. I am thankful that I started it off with fabulous cards from my kids and then 4 hours of solitude while getting my long run done at Baker. Then when I got back Carter had me crawl back in bed while he made me breakfast (coffee, yogurt parfait and raisin bran with milk). Very relaxing! Heading out for a late brunch this afternoon where I will likely consume all the calories that I just burned (2500!) plus more.
I think it was a mistake to title a blog post “Sexy Feet”. I’m getting all kinds of traffic from people searching “sexy feet”, probably from creepers with a foot fetish and they end up here. Oh, and someone searched “ugly feet and callus” and ended up on my blog. he he he.
My Top 10 Marathons posts are getting lots of searches too!
Grandma’s week #6 recap:
- Miles run: 62.5
- Pilates: 3 times
Monday: 6 recovery miles (9:54). Pilates. Legs were very very heavy. Probably from the almost 70 mile week last week?! Was also very tired from staying up late to listen to Obama talk about Bin Laden’s death.
Tuesday: 8 miles (8:35) with 6 x 800m intervals. Goal pace on intervals was between 7:00 – 7:10 for all. Victory! Ended up with: 6:56, 7:05, 7:00, 7:06, 6:56, 7:08. I liked the 800m length. Not tooooo long, not too short. Just right!
Wednesday: 10 miles easy (9:11). With 3 hilly loops of Gale Woods mixed in. Felt great!
Thursday: REST! Complete rest day after 20 days and 187 miles of running in a row! No running. No Cross. No Pilates. Nothing but rest! Felt so so good!
Friday: Pilates (abs). 8.4 miles (8:33) with 25 minutes tempo mixed in. Tempo miles were 7:34, 7:39, 7:35 and 7:27 (for last .4 miles). The tempo pace felt surprisingly good. This is faster than previous tempos, but I did that because this tempo run was shorter (it called for 20 – 25 minutes; I was planning on 20, thus the faster pace. But things felt great, so I did the extra 5 minutes). Could have kept going at this pace for awhile.
Saturday: Pilates (advanced). 8.1 miles medium effort (8:41). Just felt ok. More challenging than it should have been, which could have been because of heat (55/sunny, which I’m not used to yet) or because of (relatively) late night and 3 1/2 beers.
Sunday: 22 miles long run (9:10). The schedule had called for 24 miles, but I knew going into it (actually when I decided to follow this plan 6 weeks ago) that I would not do 24 miles since I did the Little Rock Marathon in March. I probably could have gone 2 more miles today, but they would have been slow and ugly. As it was, the last few miles were difficult for me and slower. Average pace for the whole run was 9:11, the last 6 miles were much slower: 9:30, 9:26, 9:34, 9:16, 9:14, 9:40. Not the best feeling long run in the world. But, I did pick a challenging course. I had thought about doing it on a flat crushed limestone trail, but then The Husband said, “shouldn’t you be training on a surface like what you’ll run the marathon on?” and then I read a portion of Kara Goucher’s new book where she said, “between two routes home, one hilly and one flat, always pick the hilly one.” So I ended up doing my long run at Baker Park Reserve, which is rolling hills and pavement. I probably would have been able to do the last miles faster if they had been on flat crushed limestone. But I’m glad I picked the challenging route!
Another big week coming up with mileage in the mid-60’s again!