Weekly Wrap Up

28 Mar

Weekly Totals:
Runs – 50 miles

Total Time Working Out: 7 hours 23 minutes

In the past few weeks I have been very consistent with my overall paces, keeping them all about the same from week to week. Every 5 weeks or so I like to push all my runs past my normal thresholds for one week and then cut back as a way to improve my fitness. Last week was one of my speedier weeks and I posted my mileage and paces last Sunday to show you how I periodically push things. This past week was my week of cutting back paces although the mileage stayed consistent at 50 miles. I kept the paces on the slow side in order to help my body recover quicker, especially from that 20 mile workout. 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

Random Junk

24 Mar

Nothing really interesting going on in my little world. I ran 10 easy miles on Tuesday and 5 recovery miles this morning. I’m taking my runs nice and slow after that killer 20 mile workout on Sunday. I’m gearing up for some speed work tomorrow but I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I had originally planned on some mile repeats, maybe I’ll still stick with those. Continue reading

Weekly Wrap Up

21 Mar

Weekly Totals:
Runs – 53.3 miles

Total Time Working Out: 7 hours 30 minutes

I’m back up into the 50’s again. This has been a very interesting week for me. I felt like I was running everything as I normally do and with the same effort levels but a couple of the runs turned out a bit speedier than normal. I’m not worrying about it. I’m still feeling like a million bucks and as strong as ever. Because of that I made an extra effort to keep a proper recovery pace on Friday which I did. I try to keep at least one good recovery run in my schedule from week to week. 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

I Hope I’m Not Getting Sick

16 Mar

I’m having a hard time getting into a writing mood. My head is a bit foggy, I think I’m coming down with something. Freckle Face stayed home from school yesterday, I think I’m getting what she just had. I’ve been loading up on vitamins and all the right foods so maybe I’ll get lucky and escape this cold with relative ease. If I’m lucky. Those of you who have been reading my blog for the past couple of years may recall that typically, over the course of winter I get sick every 4-6 weeks. I have been so lucky this year and have been germ-free. This is the first year in a while that I didn’t get a flu shot. Coincidence? Continue reading

Weekly Wrap Up

14 Mar

Weekly Totals:
Runs – 46 miles

Total Time Working Out: 6 hours 50 minutes

I decided to take this week easy and actually make it a cut-back week, although I didn’t end up cutting too much mileage out. Typically I don’t do this and since I’ve been plugging away so steadily for the past month or so I decided to give my body a little break and run everything really easy after that most excellent interval workout on Tuesday. I skipped Saturday’s run because I didn’t feel like facing the rain (it was pretty nasty out) and didn’t feel like rushing around to get the workout in for the day. I attended an Endurance Sport Expo in Philly, did some networking, swapped business cards and hopefully picked up a couple advertisers for my website. Continue reading