Grand Total: 57 miles
- * 21.25 easy
* 7.5 speed
* 8.25 race pace
* 20 long with fast finish (...ish)
Week 10 definitely goes in the "win" column. I ran all the miles (basically) as written and didn't make my knee worse, including in some ways the easiest 20-miler I can remember. It's been my biggest training week so far this cycle and frankly one of my biggest in *years*, and a big boost of confidence to know that I can handle several long, tough workouts in the same week and not end up with completely dead legs.
We talked a little about race goals this weekend which reminded me that I haven't really said much about my time goal for CIM, and the reason for that is that I don't really have one. I mean, I have wishes. There are times I believe are highly probable IF I'm able to do the rest of my training well and IF I have a good day come December 4. But there is only so much I can control, so my plan is just to do the training, trust that that will put me in the best possible shape, & run a smart race.
And speaking of running a smart race, I do have a new non-time goal. Apparently New Balance is partnering with Strava to give away a pair of shoes to anyone who negative splits a USATF-certified marathon in the U.S.--recorded on Strava, of course--between October 9 and December 4, 2016--"The Back Half Challenge." Somehow that seems a little less daunting than a time goal.
Monday 10/3: Rest
Tuesday 10/4: 2 warm-up, 10 x 1K @ 10K pace / 200m jog, 2 cool down = 11.5 total.
Wednesday 10/5: a.m. strength work / afternoon 4 easy / p.m. karate. Clearly still fatigued from the speed work, but feeling MUCH better than on most of my Wednesday runs! #woefulwednesday
Thursday 10/6: 8 easy. I can tell I've been slacking on strength work or karate or both because I was SORE on Thursday in the shoulders & abs. My run was typical for a Thursday, in that it started off feeling kind of clunky & blah, but by the end I felt pretty good. My heart rate was weirdly high for some of my first runs post-knee drama, so I was pleased to see it finally return to normal.
Friday 10/7: a.m. strength work / 2.5 warm up, 6 x 2K @ HM pace / 1:30 jog, 2.75 cool down = 13.5 total
Saturday 10/8: Rest/drive to Healdsburg
Sunday 10/9: 6.9 easy + Healdsburg Half Marathon = 20 long (Race Report coming soon)
But now: Bedtime.
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