Spinx Marathon Training 8/10-8/16

Maybe some day I’ll post my weekly training in a more timely manner…this is not that week.

Monday 8/10:        8 easy miles

Tuesday 8/11:       10 easy miles

Wednesday 8/12:  Track! MUCH better than last week. I did 16×400 with ~90sec recovery. The other ladies I train with did 10, but they stuck around for my last few to encourage me…it’s SO NICE having people out there suffering with you! This was the most 400s I’ve ever done, by twice! Splits went: 1:31, 1:30, 1:30, 1:27, 1:28, 1:29, 1:27, 1:27, 1:26, 1:27, 1:26, 1:27, 1:25, 1:25, 1:24, 1:23 for an average of 1:27. I’m very pleased with that since it’s only a couple of seconds slower than my average was when I was just doing 8. 7 miles on the day.

Everyone had an awesome workout!
Everyone had an awesome workout!

Thursday 8/13:     10 miles easy in the morning before driving to the beach:

My big sister got to come down to the island, too! It was an awesome weekend.
My big sister got to come down to the island, too! It was an awesome weekend.

Friday 8/14:          Marathon training waits for no vacation, so I had to get in my long run despite being on Fripp Island. I do not recommend running 18 miles on an island that’s only three miles long. I felt quite strong though, if not more than a little bored of running around and around and around the flat island. Splits: 8:39, 8:05, 8:17, 7:13 (sprinting back to the house for a bathroom, ha!), 7:38, 7:46, 7:52, 7:51, 7:42, 7:49, 7:43, 7:35, 7:46, 7:39, 7:45, 7:28, 7:17, 7:01 (so ready to be done!).

Around, and around, and around the little island I go...
Around, and around, and around the little island I go…

Saturday 8/15:      7 easy miles on the island in these new and hideously awesome Brooks Launch 2:

These make me feel like Rainbow Brite, but faster.
These make me feel like Rainbow Brite, but faster.

Sunday 8/16:        10 miles with 8×60 second pickups at sub 6 pace. This was a nice fartlek type run to end another solid week. Also, no surprise, but it is rather sauna-like on small coastal islands in the summer!

Total: 70 miles. Whew! Once I finished my run on Sunday, I almost immediately said to my husband, “I’m so ready for a down week.” In looking back over my admittedly spotty training logs, this was almost certainly the most complete week of training I’ve ever done. It had a variety of paces, a variety of locations, and plenty of miles to fill it out. That said, having a bit of a cut back in miles and intensity next week is going to be most welcome!

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