Lake Wobegon Marathon Training {Weeks 7&8}

The runner’s high. Some doubt it’s existence, but I’m here to tell you it is oh so real.

Rare is it that in Minnesota highs reach the 60s. The Saturday before last, when I met the girls for our first run of the year at Elm Creek, it was already 50 degrees! Within two miles my jacket was off, and by the half way point, my long sleeve was off and I was running in a tank top. Yes, a tank top, in Minnesota, in March. I’m not kidding, Amy and I had smiles on our faces for the entire 18 miles.

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Maybe it was the weather, the company, or just being back on our home trail, but I felt amazing. The hills were a little rough but one gel got me through it all. We had a blazing long run pace of 8:20 min/mile avg. Go us!

Week 7:

Monday – No More Trouble Zones
Tuesday- 5 mile tempo (7:48 min/mile avg.)
Wednesday – Orangetheory Fitness
Thursday – 8 mile progression (8:04 min/mile avg.)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 18.14 miles
Sunday – Rest

Speaking of speed, last week I hit my fastest all-out sprint ever at Orangetheory. When I started a few months ago, 9.5 mph was my all-out pace. I gradually increased it to 10 then 10.5 mph. Last Wednesday, I ran at 11 mph! At the 1% incline that is equivalent to about a 5:30 mile. I didn’t even fly off the back like I always assumed I would. I may have only had to hold that pace for 0.15-.20 miles, but I did it. I’m damn proud of that. Maybe it was that extra day of rest I took this week, or maybe it was just the challenge thrown down to me by the trainer. Whatever it was, it worked.

Needless to say, I was dead after Orangetheory. My legs did not want to run fast on Thursday. I forced myself to a slow tempo, but was so happy to be done! When I woke up to a dusting of snow on Saturday morning, I thought, ah, no biggie. Turns out it was a bit icy. It was a tough run. My hips were so tired when we were finally finished due to the effort exerted trying to maintain my balance. At least I had great company, beautiful scenery and even deer sightings right by the trail.

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When I got home, I treated myself to a dip in the hot tub. Warmed me right up!

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Week 8:

Monday – Rest (hello time change, goodbye motivation)
Tuesday – 7×800 @ 7:03 min/mile (7 miles @ 7:45 min/mile avg.)
Wednesday – Orangetheory Fitness
Thursday – 6 mile tempo (8:06 min/mile avg.)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 16 miles
Sunday – 2.5 mile walk + 7.25 mile bike

 

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