Practicing patience: 12 Weeks until the Boston Marathon

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Miles:  56

Longest run:  16 miles

Fastest mile:  not recorded

Speed work:  A half fartlek workout

Strength training:  3x, plus core work x5

My focus this past week was on getting in a good, quality long run.  Even though my endurance is improving quickly, my long runs have been lackluster and bonk-worthy.

I planned my long run for Sunday morning, so I took Saturday as my day off and ran an easy 8 on Friday.  Of course this meant that I had to also run the day after the long run, but I was willing to make that sacrifice (usually I always take that day off).

I ran the first seven alone while everyone slept, but I met up with Oldest at mile 7, which was at the top of a hill, and we ran the last 9 together (he sat out for the last mile).

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For that last one he sat in the car and listened to music while practicing his steering skills (he is due to get his permit any day now – yikes!)

So the highlight of my week was a successful long run at around easy pace (8:33).

Mind Games

The craziest aspect of building mileage and pulling back on speed work is that you get slower, albeit temporarily (I hope!).  I am trying to be patient, but all of my runs are slooow compared to how fast I could run when I only ran 40 miles per week.  At that point I could throw down 10 at around 7:45 pace.  Right now I am lucky if I can stay around 8:30 ish.

Having sold my treadmill means that my crutch is now gone.  When I was feeling slow, all I had to do was jump on the mill and do a tempo run and my confidence was restored.

I tried to tempo yesterday, but because of the hills and wind, I got nowhere near my goal pace.

I have been looking around for a better treadmill (used), but most of the ones in my price range have a deck that is better left to walkers and joggers.  I really want a decent one that will stand up to speed and won’t hurt my legs, but it’s not looking like I will be able to find one, at least not during this training cycle.

I know I am getting enough stimulus for my legs by running on trails and pavement, but I feel like my lungs are not being pushed at all.

At this point I know I need to relax and be patient;  the speed will come around when it is time.  And I need to be thankful that I am not injured and that I am beginning to recover more and more quickly from longer distances.

For now, that is enough.

 

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