Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pfitz Week 8 - 2 runs down, 3 to go

Monday 8.0 miles/1:09:20/8:40 average pace

8 miles total with VO2 intervals: The schedule called for 5 x 600, but since I don't have a track to run on and use my Garmin GPS, I went with 4 x 800 (1/2 mile). Here's my interval times:

I 3:22 (6:44 pace)
II 3:24 (6:48 pace)
III 3:24 (6:48 pace)
IV 3:23 (6:46 pace)

I wouldn't say it was fun, in fact I thought I might puke at one point, but that's ok. I got through it and was very happy with my times! Since I'm on a kick of comparing to previous times, I ran these intervals much faster than in my last training cycle (link here) and I was pretty pleased with myself last time, as you can see by that post title! :P But I was way more consistent this time.

Tuesday 11.0 miles/1:40:13/9:07 average pace

This morning I got up just after 5:00 and ran 4 miles with Zach, then ran 7 more miles solo. I was really dragging ass, but I got it done. I rewarded myself with a big pumpkin bagel and a coffee the size of my head, and I'm actually feeling good now. However, I am glad tomorrow is a rest day and then only 4 easy miles Thursday. Here's the rest of the week's schedule:

Wednesday: rest/cross training

Thursday: 4 miles Easy (got a running date with Maritza- she leaves for NY the next day!)

Friday: 10 miles Goal Pace

Saturday: 17 miles Long

Sunday: rest/cross training

TOTAL miles scheduled: 50

NOTE: There's a program on PBS tonight at 8:00 pm called "Marathon Challenge" that is supposed to be pretty interesting. I know we runners eat up anything running-related so thought I'd let you know. Set those DVRs! :)


Marathon Maritza said...

Holy Moley, those are some FAST intervals! Way to go!

And thanks for reminding me about marathon challenge on PBS!

Can't wait for our running date! I might have to freak out/geek out a little bit, so you are forewarned...

Great job on week 8 so far!!!!!!!

Zach said...

YES! I'm not a freak for pushing it till I almost puke!

Ahhhhhh - that makes my day. :)

You keep on getting faster and faster - can't wait to run a 10k w/ you after CIM.

Bob Gentile said...

big pumpkin bagel and a coffee the size of my head
lmaoooooooooooooooo Gulp :-)

hey speedy awesome intervals!! send me some of that speEeEeED :-)

Happy Halloweeen!

21stCenturyMom said...

If going 9:07 over 11 miles is loping along you are getting FAST! Must be the sub-puking intervals that are doing it. Way to go. 50 miles in 1 week = a whole lot of training.

The NOVA thing is available on-line to anyone who forgot to record it or watch it. They did a good job with the show by making it informative about running physiology as well as telling the stories of the runners. I liked it - did you?

jen said...

I really liked that Nova special too, Pamela! :) I definitely wanted more detail on the science and the training programs, but of course marathon runners weren't the target audience! I did appriciate all the info the provided, and especially the animations of the various bodily systems. It certainly showed how much hard work and risk of injury go along with marathon training. I loved what it did show of the Boston course- I admit I was looking for myself in the pack of runners. :) Great program overall, I recorded it and will watch it again. Apparantly you can find some follow-up info on the runners at www.pbs.org.

Of course, my viewing was interrupted by that 5.6 earthquake! :O Luckily no damage though and I got right back to watching. :)

Lance Notstrong said...

I always make my training schedules where I will repeat a certain set of intervals in say week 10 that I did in week 2 just to see the improvement.....if there is any :-)

Petraruns said...

wow you are zooming along! And good for you for your reward, sounds delicious! hmmm going to go and make myself a big coffee now..

Lotusphx said...

Hi! We watched the end of the Marathon Challange on PBS - pretty crazy!

My parents like your blog!

Wilbur Sue and Inga

PS - Kona watched too!