The Eugene marathon is quickly approaching. I have been increasing my mileage without much speed work, but am now entering into the next phase. This will include 2 quality days/week for the duration of this cycle, (Unless I completely change my mind!). I managed to get back to back weeks at around 70 miles, just running easy with some strides and about 20 minutes total T pace.
Yesterday I did my first workout of "hard" repeats: 5 minutes "hard" followed by 3 minutes of aerobic recovery (AR). The recipe called for "sets" of 4 minutes of hard with 3 minutes AR, but as usual, I read my plan the night before and went out the door in the morning with something different in my mind. So, YES...I need to print this out and look at it more closely. (Nothing new there!)
Side note: I am considering posting my "plan", maybe even just a "hypothetical plan" here so that readers can more closely see it. Maybe that would be useful to me as well... :)
What is "Hard"?
HARD seems rather subjective. Perhaps the author of the plan left it that way knowing there would be a loss of speed after not racing or doing speed work for over a month. I aimed for my Interval pace for the 5 minutes hard, but hit lower than where the Vdot calculator has me (about 6:15-6:30 for 6 repeats). It felt "hard" though, so that must count for something! As I see it, I am "knocking the rust loose" and it will take time for my legs and lungs to remember. Perhaps I need to do to short race to find out where my real Vdot is, but I hate to waste money and not get a PR. So maybe I will do a little time trial instead.
Due to the mileage increase, I have been experimenting a bit with nutrition.On today's run I wore a hydration belt. This was while on the TM, because I fully expected to ditch it within the first mile, like every other belt I have ever worn....
|photo by google|
But, it stayed on! I really need to get used to one, because I believe I could take minutes off of my marathon PR simply by hydrating better.
Nutrition Questions for you*:
Do you fuel while you train? Why or why not?
Do you count calories in regards to training?
*I plan to follow this up with a "rare" performance-related nutrition post.
We had a wonderful Christmas, there are so many things I have to be thankful for. We are truly blessed to serve a Living God who showed us His mercy by sending Jesus- His son- as a ransom for us!
A few things I especially found Joy in this Christmas:
- Having both my parents and Jon's parents to our home on Christmas Day.
- Spending Christmas Eve with our church family singing, worshiping and eating treats.
- Finding out a friend of ours is breast cancer-free, for the second time!
- Finding out that I don't have skin cancer...Thank you for the push there, Mom.
- Seeing a sunrise on Christmas Eve morning run (while out of town), that took my breath away. Deep plum, dark gray streaks, fading to bright salmon pink and silver.
- Keeping things SIMPLE
Some photos from our Christmas:
|We never taught our children about Santa....but they find him irresistible.|
|Writing his own letter ...He asked for snow. :)|
|Oh boy! Cabela's fun...|