Wednesday, January 30, 2008

12 weeks to Boston: Pfitz Light week 1

Saturday 12.0 miles/1:46:30/8:52 average pace

Long run with Zach in Danville. His half marathon is coming up this weekend so he stuck with me to keep it easy. I felt really good too- the pace felt very comfortable to me and I didn't have to take any walk breaks.

Sunday I mostly laid around the house in my pj's but I did get out for a 9 ish mile bike ride (45 minutes or so I think). It was raining off and on so I got pretty wet/muddy. It was fun. :)

So, TOTAL miles for last week: 29, plus some swimming, a bike ride, and some weights.

This week officially begins my 12 week training program for Boston. I am using the tried-and-true Pfitzinger 12 week plan, but I'm cutting back the mileage a little. I'm calling it "Pfitz Light." I will be running only 4 days per week instead of 5 and therefore my weekly mileage will be a little lower than the schedule as written. I generally eliminated easy/general aerobic runs and kept the "key" workouts (tempo runs and intervals). I will substitute lots of cross training to keep my fitness level high and also to prepare me for the upcoming tri season (yay!) I think this plan will get me into good marathon shape without the burn out I experienced last time around.
Here is the Pfitz Light Week 1 Schedule:
monday: 8 miles GA + Strides
tues: xt
wednesday: 9 miles GA
thurs: xt
friday: 5 miles Easy
saturday: 13 miles Long
sunday: cheer like mad for Zach at the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon in San Francisco. :)

So here's my first week of training so far- I was in Los Angeles for work so I got to run on my favoritist beachfront route, the Strand.

Monday 8.0 miles/1:10:58/8:52 average pace

General Aerobic run with strides at the end. I didn't bother to look at my watch the whole time and I didn't have to stop to walk at all. It was so sunny and nice out too.

Tuesday I got up and walked down to the beach and walked for a little over 5 miles total in about an hour and a half. I went by the 24hour fitness and did 20 minutes weights as well.


miss petite america said...

i can't even imagine what it would be like to train for another marathon right now, much less the uber-marathon that is boston. you're hard core, chica. hard core.

Ewen said...

I looked at the photo first and was thinking 'where could that be in SF?' - definitely LA - looks like Santa Monica. Now... if you want some decent beaches, you know where to come ;)

Make sure Zach has an easy week - perhaps a few Pfitz Lights to help him relax.

Mir said...

Sounds like a good plan for Boston and beyond. Can't believe Boston is so close already!