Grandma’s Training Week #10 Recap

This weekend was filled with Naked Running, grad party (which you KNOW means 3 pieces of cake for Cindi!), and my last long run before Grandma’s.  It is now officially taper time!  (This week was a cut back, but I don’t really consider 53 miles tapering compared to what I’m used to!)

Chillaxing with the Mother-in-law at a Grad Party

Jumbo Snapping Turtle on my running trail (turn your head sideways, i can’t figure out how to make this picture rotate)

Dakota Rail Trail, where most of my long run was.  (WTF?  iphone transferred the picture sideways to my computer and wordpress won’t save it when I rotate it.  Turn your head sideways for the real effect!)

Grandma’s Training Week #10 recap:

  • Miles run: 52.9
  • Pilates: 2 times

Monday:  Rest day.  Completely.  Zero fitness.  Just soaked up the relaxation and let the body heal.

Tuesday: Pilates (advanced).  8 miles (8:30) w/ intervals 4 x400, 2×1600, 4×200.  It was warmer than I would like for intervals (68 degrees) and windy.  So not ideal, but i wanted to get them done.  Paces were ok, though I was surprised that the short little 200m intervals were so tough! Results:

  • 4 x 400m (6:35, 6:30, 6:33, 6:30)
  • 2x 1600m (7:10; 7:15)
  • 4x200m (6:24, 6:36, 6:27, 6:44)

Wednesday: 7 miles easy (9:11).  Was tempted to skip this run as I was SO SO tired in the morning, but forced myself to get out there and I was glad I did!  I have to run on National Running Day!

Thursday:  12 miles easy.  12 mile medium effort (8:40).  I knew I’d end up skipping or cutting short Saturday’s 8 miles at medium effort, since I would be Naked Running on Saturday, so I decided to do this run at medium effort.  Really, it was 11 miles at medium effort (8:30 – 8:46) and last mile at easy pace (9:19).  I am continuously amazed at how effortless this pace is feeling for me.  Love to see the training pay off.

Friday.  7 miles easy.  6 miles recovery (9:57).  The legs felt really heavy and tight.  I needed a break in mileage and pace, so I slowed way down and cut it short.  Time to listen to the body and not be a slave to the schedule during these last weeks.

Saturday:   Pilates (advanced).  8 miles medium effort.  Naked Run! Approximately 5 miles, probably about 9:00 pace.  Yes, it bugs me not to have exact details!  I’m Type A!

Sunday: 15 miles (8:50).  This was a great last long run before Grandma’s.  My plan was to just do what my body felt like doing for each mile.  Incorporated some short hills.  Paces for miles were between 8:32 and 9:08.  I was particularly happy with it because it was warm (62 degrees at start, 67 at finish; sunny) and the pace didn’t feel horrible.  Good confidence boost in case the weather at Grandma’s ends up sucking.

Bring on the taper!

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