Monday, April 9, 2012

Learning a lot about myself....and week 12 in numbers

Getting into the final countdown to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. There are 40 days until race day!!!

Monday morning, I went out not knowing what I was going to do exactly for my speedwork. I gave myself my 1.5mile warmup to figure out if I was going to TRY 800 repeats (1/2 mile) or just run mile repeats. Well, I since I've been a wimp and NOT running my 800s, I thought I'd see what I could do. My plan called for 10 repeats and I was hoping to get six done in goal time. I got the six done, tried a seventh...that was was done within goal pace, tried number eight. I knew at the end of the eighth that I would not be able to get any more done, but was THRILLED to run 8 of them. Previously, I had only been able to run five at goal pace. I've decided that I still do not like runnings 800s, but glad that I pushed WAY beyond my comfort zone and tried them anyone. To borrow words from Allen, I GOT STRONGER. I'm sure part of my resistance to running 800s is that I'm afraid of failing. When I set out on a run with specific goals, I want to meet those goals. I need to get past the mindset that I failed if I do not complete an entire speed workout. It's only a failure if I do not try! (gotta keep reminding myself of this...)

Moon reflecting in the lake before a gorgeous sunrise on Saturday.
Totally worth getting up early!
(Sunrise picture here)

Saturday was my other BIG day during this training week. We were out of town for Easter weekend and my parents live at a small private lake. It has a 5.15 mile road around. Last summer was my first time running all the way around it and I completely two loops around. Saturday, I ran THREE. I know, you see just over 15 miles, shouldn't be much of a problem, right? Well, compared to my typical running that includes hopefully a hill or two, this is 5.15 miles of ALL hills. The actual elevation as charted from my Garmin Total elevation gain=1,780ft; Total elevation loss=1,771ft. These hills are not extremely long hills, just STEEP! There are two hills that we have always called the "Roller-coasters" because it's almost straight down, then straight up again. And they are 2 in a row! Yes, I walked some of the hills. I think it's silly to try to run them when walking them was just as fast. There are a couple other hills that are seriously steep, but those roller-coasters are just rough. I got to the end of my run and tacked on a slow 1/2 mile cool-down on the flattest part of road I could near my parents' house. I wasn't sure how I would do when I set out to run. This was the first run over 10 miles that I have run by myself in over two months (I've gotten so spoiled by all my wonderful running friends!). The challenge was great for me. And believe it or not, I actually didn't mind running the same loop three times. It certainly never got boring. I love that I proved to myself that I could do it. I almost gave up and called for a ride, but at that point, I was just over a mile out from the finish and knew I'd be mad at myself if I did.

Comparing last year's two loops to this year's three was night and day. Last year I struggled for 10.5 miles at just over an 11:00 minute/mile pace. This year, I finished 16 miles with an average pace of 10:43 minutes/mile. I am such a geek, I love seeing improvements in black and white!

Week 12 stats:

Monday: 8 miles with 8x800 repeats, 5.5 mile bike ride
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8.2 miles
Thursday: 5.04 miles
Friday: strength training
Saturday: 16.01 miles of HILLS
Sunday: 2.8 miles with littlest in jogging stroller

Total for week 12 of marathon training: 40.06 miles running, 5.5 miles cycling= 45.56 miles

Hope you all had a great week training and/or racing! Anything exciting happen in your week? Learn anything new about yourself? 


  1. Great work! I need to start speed work again. Sigh.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! I find that I get into slumps where I just don't want to do speedwork, but am always so happy once I add it back in. You can do it!

  2. Wow! Great mileage Anne! Even some biking too. :)

    1. Thanks, Jeannie! I'm trying with the biking. Just so hard to fit it in!


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