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
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!
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.
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!