Marathon training: so far so good! My training week is Monday to Sunday, and with the holiday last week my long run was moved to Monday, giving me 2 long runs this week and my first 60 mile week ever (61.25 to be exact)! Yes, it may be 'cheating' a bit since Monday's 18 would normally have been completed on the weekend, but I am counting it!
Monday: 18M in 2:32 (8:26), Sync cycling
Nice long run on the southern section of the ATT with Bex and Ellen. A little slower than usual thanks to the crazy humidity and our ladies night on Sunday, but overall I felt really good.
Later that evening I took a cycling class at Sync, complete with black lights and cupcakes in honor of our fabulous instructor Matty's birthday. I do think spin helps with run recovery, and am hoping to work a PM class into my schedule on long run days.
Wednesday: 8.25M in 1:03:21 (7:41) and recovery swim
Followed the BCTC workout for the week with Ellen and Bex on the ATT - 2 mile warmup, 4x800 (3:20-3:30s), 2M at half pace (7:20/mile), 4x400 (1:30-1:40s)
Easy 30 minute swim with Jeannelle. I am going to be sad when my neighborhood pool closes in a few weeks!
Thursday: TRX, 6.5M in 54:23 (8:22)
Only Caren was crazy enough to join me for the City Beverage social run in a thunderstorm. Fortunately there was no lightning, and the pouring rain slowed to a drizzle once we got out there. A section of the trail was flooded, and after running in ankle-deep water for a bit we decided to just turn around a little early. A couple of pints of double chocolate stout pretty much negated any calorie burn from the run, but it was worth it.
Friday: 10.5M in 1:23:32 (7:57)
Met Bex and Ellen for what was supposed to be a progression run on the ATT, but our pacing ended up all over the place. Though not particularly progression-like, we got in a few good miles in the middle (7:51-7:39-7:47-7:32-7:45) and it felt like a good workout (not terribly hard but just challenging enough) going into the weekend.
Sunday: 18M in 2:25:52 (8:06)
Great long run with Alicia, Ellen, Bex, Caren, and Lora. It was actually pleasant out for a change, with temps in the 60s and far less humidity than we've had to deal with throughout the summer. The plan was to run 9 easy and 9 at goal pace (7:40), and the average for the second half was 7:39 - right on target! Whether or not I will be able to sustain that for 26.2 miles remains to be seen, but it really felt good out there today!