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Update

6 Apr

Psst – update your links to my blog. I’ve transferred everything from swiftfeet.wordpress.com to sneakersister.wordpress.com.

If you were linking to me using http://sneakersister.com, that’s still cool.

Domain mapping

6 Apr

FYI – If you have links to me set up as http://sneakersister.com then this does not apply to you.

I am currently working on updating some domain mapping. Please change your links from https://swiftfeet.wordpress.com to http://sneakersister.wordpress.com.  The import should be done at some point later today, after which your old links will no longer work.

I’m still blogging. 🙂

Tempo Thursday

1 Apr

Today promises to be warm, a very welcome change from the wind and rain that we’ve had lately. I was expecting relatively mild temperatures this morning and luckily Zeus came through. I was even able to run in short sleeves after my warm up miles from home to the Parkway. It’s an easy 2 mile jaunt from my house to the Fish Hatchery where I ditched my water and long sleeve shirt before setting off for 5 tempo miles.

I had no particular goal today but as I set off I figured anything between 7:30-7:40 would be cool with me. Continue reading

Mile Repeats

25 Mar

The last time I did mile repeats was back on January 19th. My splits for that workout were: 7:09 – 7:01 – 7:00. After two more months of serious training I should have reaped at least some benefits from all the miles and speedwork, right? So, I was expecting, at the very least, to be faster this time. I like to use mile repeats as a test of my fitness periodically, I’ll work them into my schedule every 6-8 weeks to see how my training is going. Continue reading

Tempo Thursday

18 Mar

I’m not sure what’s going on this week. I’ve been automatically kicking into this brand new gear. I’m starting to really think about biorhythms and energy levels and my monthly cycle. I’ve never really considered any of this before but over the past couple months I’ve been noticing some patterns with my energy levels and I definitely need to investigate this more closely. In any case, it’s been a pretty speedy week so far without me even trying. I’m not setting out to run things faster than normal, it’s just ending up that way. The thing is, I don’t even feel like I’m running faster. I’m continuing to strictly focus on effort and breathing and actually hide my watch under my sleeve. This morning my watch was hidden by darkness so I really used that opportunity to feel things out. Could it be that my training is beginning to show improvement? Continue reading

Fun Intervals Session

9 Mar

Since I’ve basically scrapped the very loose plan I was working with up until now I was on the fence about whether I wanted to do an interval workout today or a tempo run. I’m 10 weeks out from the marathon which gives me 7 more weeks to train. I have mainly been focused on interval workouts so far in this training cycle and now I want to focus more on tempo workouts. The only set workouts that I have planned out and to which I will adhere are my long runs. I know what I want to run and how I want to run those and I won’t change them. Last week I talked about how I feel a strong connection between tempo runs and building stamina for the later stages of a marathon. Therefore, I am now switching my focus to tempo runs for the remaining weeks of my training. That’s not to say I will forgo my interval workouts. I still need those but I want to make them both longer and harder. Continue reading

Tuesday Treadmill Tempo

2 Mar

I don’t know about you guys but I have a really hard time doing speedwork on the treadmill. It’s all treadmill miles for me this week since my husband is attending a conference in Germany. I’ve been eyeballing my tentative schedule and have decided to forgo the tempo intervals in favor of straight tempo runs. I’d really like to build back up to the longer tempo runs or even some longer moderate runs. I remember in those last six miles of the Philadelphia Marathon last November thinking that tempo runs could be a very useful training tool for that section of the race. Continue reading