Tuesday, March 4, 2014

6 Weeks to London: Last Week's Training

We're one week closer to the London Marathon, and we're one week closer to moving the clocks forward an hour. I doubt I'm the only one who's been counting down the days until the extra daylight and hopefully warmer weather. I can almost smell the dry pine needles on the trail floor and the smoke from the charcoal barbecue...almost.

Sunday's long run was a challenge due to the weather. It was just barely above freezing, but windy and very heavy rains for the duration of the run. At that point snow is almost preferable, because the rain is so cold when it is 33 degrees it eventually feels like an ice bath, matter what gear you're wearing. If it's coming down hard enough and long enough, it soaks through your tights and really starts to limit mobility. My legs felt good going into the run, suggesting that I am recovered from the half-marathon the weekend before. I was able to run a good portion of the run with neighbors Jared Bassett and Craig Hopkins, so it was good to have some company. We started out fairly slow for the first few miles as we warmed up, but I ended up averaging in the 5:30s once we got going. It'll be nice to see how easy that pace feels on a nice day.

The week was very light in terms of intensity, but I kept the volume high, and pushed the pace on the non-workout days. I'll be getting back into a normal workout routine this week with 6 weeks of training left to go. There will be no more sessions of faster mile repeats for the rest of the training block. Workouts will consist mostly of threshold/tempo efforts over the next month. I'm only a couple more high mileage weeks away from starting a slow, gradual taper. Time is flying by. Thanks again for reading, and I'll post again next week. Follow me here on twitter to get training updates.

Week 8 AM PM Strength/Drills Mileage
Monday 4.5 12.5 30 minutes 17

Tuesday 14 6 + drills and grass strides

Wednesday 14 6 40 minutes 20

Thursday 70 minute run + 8x200 meter hills + drills 6

Friday 14.5 6.5

Saturday 14 6 40 minutes 20

Sunday 22 mile long run in 2:06




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