I know, I know…you probably keep seeing “HIGHEST MILEAGE WEEK EVERRRR” on a few of my recent blog posts. But, yeah…61 takes the cake BY FAR! I can assure you that it will be that way until at least next year. My Portland Marathon training plan says so. ;) Next up after Portland is Colorado Marathon in Ft. Collins. So somewhere in the middle of the 18 weeks before May 6th, 2012…you will see it again. We have every intention of ramping the miles up up & up!!!
my week’s worth of running :)
Just my luck, all of my runs this last week went BEAUTIFULLY! I couldn’t have asked for a better week. I was so happy and pleased with all of them. I met all of, if not, surpassed my time goals for each workout. I know that this is extremely RARE so I have to take this moment to acknowledge how THANKFUL I am for it.
The run I would have to say I’m most proud of would be the track workout on Friday! It was originally supposed to take place on Wednesday, however, I couldn’t manage to drag myself out of bed early enough for a 10 mile work out. So I made Wednesday my off day…you know…an off day means running a mile and doing a leg/ab work out. ;) ANYHOO the deets on Friday’s track workout ::
I had Luke map out a route that would be 3 miles to Highlands Ranch High School track. SUCCESS! He found a route that was mainly trail, it wasn’t flat, rolled nicely. Anyways, I was going to use the 3 miles as a warm up and a cool down, aiming for a medium-slow pace.
3 mile warm up :: 25:15 (8:25 pace) …uhm what? and that felt EASY! After looking at the time I was a little concerned that maybe my warm up miles were a little too fast…
Since Luke is out of running for a month due to injury, he hasn’t been able to run with me at ALL this past week This was no different. HOWEVER, like the amazing man he is, he still drove to the track to coach me for my workout… at 6:30 am before work! What a spoiled lady. :) He said it would be a “ladder” workout. Uhm, whuttt??? I’ve heard my friend Erica speak of these… I was a tad nervous. Actually, fun fact, I get OVERLY anxious right before track workouts. Freak, I know.
Anyways the work out went as follows::
400 – 1:35 (6:19 pace)
800 – 3:33 (7:06 pace)
1200 – 5:30 (7:25 pace)
1600 – 7:44 (7:44 pace)
1200 – 5:27 (7:21 pace)
800 – 3:31 (7:02 pace)
400 – 1:33 (6:11 pace)
After the last 400, I was BEAT. I crossed the line, fell to my knees on the football field, and laid face down…I was having a hard time catching my breath…obviously, this wasn’t helping…compressing my chest and well…my face was smushed in the grass..I laid there for like 10 seconds and popped back up! It felt good to see Luke’s smiling face! I knew he was proud of me…I was proud of myself! LONGEST TRACK WORKOUT EVERRRR!
Anyways, I gave Luke a hug and a kiss as he got in his car to head to work…he told me to call as soon I was done running the three miles home. I told him I was just shooting for a 9:00-9:15 pace to cool down. I decided not to look at my watch until I got home.I picked a pace that felt good on the legs and the lungs.
3 mile cool down – 24:45 (8:15 pace)
negative splits across the board … *big smiles*
…who am I & where did these legs come from?!
The long run of the week was Saturday, 14! I was planning to do this alone. Last minute Robyn asked what I had planned! We had run together two weeks earlier and had a great run! She was supposed to be headed back to school in New York, however thanks to Hurricane Irene.. her flight was canceled! Unfortunately due to the hurricane she had to miss out on her planned half marathon….butttt… I GOT TO RUN WITH MY RUNNING TWIN AGAIN!!!! :D Again, we had an awesome run!
Last time she mapped out the run & start point…AND PICKED THE BUN’S O STEEL RUN! It was. so. hilly. This time, I decided to map it out. I REMEMBERED/THOUGHT this route was pretty flat. BAHAHA. wrong. It just looks flat. Over the entire route there was 748 ft of gain. oopsie! But I guess over a distance of 15 miles that’s still pretty gradual…? So much for a flat-ish run. Heads up—it’s basically impossible here. We also had originally planned to only run 14…this turned into 15. We didn’t know this until a few hours later :) At the end of the run we took a look at our watches and were like…no way did we run that slow of a pace…compared to how we felt! We were movin it the whole time! So coming back home to re-map felt pretty good. Also considering how much we talk it’s a miracle our pace wasn’t a bit slower. Girl gab makes runs go so much faster and more enjoyable! I am seriously going to miss this lady!
After this run, I headed back to the house, I mentioned that my muscles were feeling a little tight… Luke then approached me with a yoga mat and foam roller… YOU’RE MEAN LUKE!!!
Oliver… helping? (ignore that awful blue wall–it’s being painted! however–like our new floors!?)
To wrap up a high mileage week, I decided an easy recovery run at Wash Park with a few friends sounded perfect! We met up around 8 am and off we went! Holly, Sarah, Erica & Dave… Luke too, however since he’s clearly not running… he took pictures! Dave broke away after the first loop, he had a 5k to race! He did great by the way! It was great running with them! Such a great group of people… we are working on making this a weekly meet up! Schedules permitting of course!
Erica, myself, Dave, Holly && Sarah
I promise we didn’t run 4 across the whole time!
Lovely week in running!
How did your running go this past week? Have you ever had a gold star week? What’s your highest mileage week while training for a marathon?