This week :
M : pub run 4.7 / 8:10 / 121 ft
T : TRX class @ GVF 50 minutes
horseback ride 1:40
W : run 4.2 / 7:49 / 312 ft
(medium effort hill run)
R : run w/Corey 10 / 8:37 / 305
(2x 2 mile, 1x 1 mile, 1x 0.5 mile)
F : yoga 50 minutes
Sa : group bike 23.1 / 14.3 mph / 1125 ft
run 3.3 / 8:02 / 240 ft
Su : run 9.7 / 8:24 / 597 ft
total bike miles : 23.1
total run miles : 31.9
Thursday's plan was to run the repeats at 6:30 pace, which is my eventual goal half marathon pace. If I was smarter, I would have known that I am not ready to train that pace yet and I need to start at a more realistic place. The first 2 miles went fine, but halfway through the 2nd repeat my lungs died and I started to slow. I had to walk the recovery after that, trying to calm my breathing and my HR, but my body wasn't cooperating. I decided not to abandon the workout, but didn't even try to hit the 6:30 pace for the mile or 1/2 mile. I just put it whatever effort I could, and I walked the 1/2 mile recovery between the mile and 1/2 mile. I will do this workout again in a week and a half or 2 weeks, but I will probably try for 6:40-45 pace instead of 6:30.
Today I hoped for 10-12 miles, but after staying up too late having too much fun with friends last night, I knew it was optimistic to hope for. I hardly drink alcohol anymore, and I'm usually good at saying no when other people offer me drinks, but last night I did not do such a good job of saying no. I drank plenty of water after waking up this morning, but the drinking still took a toll on my body that did not mix well with trying to run 10 miles in 80+ degree heat, even with the nice breeze and the low humidity. The first 6 or so miles were fine, but as I got slower and slower after that, I knew it wasn't worth it to keep pushing and so I cut the run short. I probably should have been satisfied with one 10 miler this week anyway.
The good news is, I made it 30+ miles 2 weeks in a row! I just need to start working towards getting that 30 miles in 4 runs instead of 5 and trying to bike at least once a week.
And in other news, I signed up for the Pittsburgh marathon this week! There were 2 years between my first two marathons, 4 years between the second and third, and now I am going to have 2 in one year... I'm hoping to stay in some semblance of marathon shape while focusing on half marathon training so that I won't have to spend all winter and spring building back up, but every week I miss another long run is taking me further from that fitness level that I am trying to maintain.