As long as I get to the top I will set a PR since I am a Pikes Peak virgin. The race isn't until August 20th, so I've got some time to
This last week, I signed up for a local 2 miler on the 23rd, and a half marathon the weekend after. Although I consider myself a marathoner first, I do enjoy the shorter distances. By enjoying shorter distances, I mean there's more pain, but it's over quicker and you still get food at the end. However, how does a marathoner train for a 2 mile and a 13.1 mile race one week apart? This brings me to my awesome workout. Thursday, I planned to run a 2 mile interval at just slower than 2M race pace (6:24 pace), kinda like a dress rehearsal. It was tough, but I did it. After recovering a few minutes, I decided to do it again, only a little slower. By a little slower, I mean I was still running a 6:54 mile which is around a minute faster than my marathon pace and about equal to my 5k race pace. After completing that one, I had to recover, but I felt good enough to do another. By the time I finished my workout, I had done 10 miles total, and 4 - two mile repeats @ 6:54 pace or faster. Honestly, I didn't know I had that combination of speed and endurance in me. I'm still pretty psyched and knew I had to post the details. I also figure that was a great workout for both my 2 and 13.1 mile races.
|2 Week Mileage|
|4/4||6||interval 8 x .5 mi @ 6:18|
|4/11||6||treadmill incline 1 - 4% @ 8:30 pace|
|4/14||10||intervals 4 x 2M @ 6:24 - 6:54 pace|
Something else noteworthy, I had a nice change of pace a week ago Friday. Fair Weather Runner and I met up for a recovery run, which turned into an 8 miler after we ran the last 6 together. I do a lot of my training without a running partner, mp3 player excluded, so to run in a different locale with a fresh face was invigorating and made the time/miles pass by quickly. Our conversation evolved into what I can only assume all chicks talk about when they run: shoes, spouses, kids, and last but not least, menstrual cycles. Go with the flow FWR!
I leave you with some wedding photos: