Thursday, October 09, 2008

back to back

It's been an intense week of running so far! I ended up switching my schedule around a little because I was really worn out on Monday and couldn't do the 10 mile run on the schedule. That left me running 10 miles (with five at tempo pace) Tuesday and an 11 miler Wednesday. Whew. I actually had plenty of energy for those two runs but I'm still feeling it. My shin is feeling good but I'm a little sore all over. Probably just temporary. Here's the summary:

4.0 miles/38:47/9:37 average pace
Very tired, almost didn't run at all.

10.0 miles/1:24:12/8:25 average pace
I was a lot more motivated on Tuesday so I got up and headed out for this doozy of a workout. The schedule called for 10 miles with 5 miles at Tempo pace. I warmed up with 2 miles at 9:00 pace, then hammered out the 5. I ended up averaging 7:39 with a negative split. My fastest mile was 7:27! I jogged home with the final three miles at 9:19 average pace. A little ice bucket action felt great on the legs.

11.0 miles/1:38:43/8:58 average pace
Long run at an easy pace. It was really cold yesterday morning, probably 45 degrees! That is cold for this California girl (hey, I can call myself California-girl or Montana-girl at my discretion). I wore a long sleeve shirt and took a few miles to warm up. I was feeling pretty tired but the pace felt easy and it went by fast.

Wednesday pm: cross training
I rode my bike with Zach as he did his 9 miler after work.

I know I did weights at one point this week but I forget when exactly. I'm doing really good with my eating lately too and have lost a couple of pounds. I am still up about 3-5 lbs from where I'd like to be, but I'm hoping a little self-control and my marathon training will take care of that. I'm not too hung up on it. Ok, that's a lie. I'm trying not to be too hung up on it. :)

No pictures today but I'll have some good ones this weekend. We've got 17 miles on Saturday and are planning a mountain bike ride on Sunday. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend so we're going to spend as much time outside as possible!


*aron* said...

you are awesome!

i have my 10 miler in just over an hour. should be a blast :)

Judi said...

I be if you quit drinking you'd lose weight. :) Empty calories Jen!

Have a good weekend!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Make sure you get plenty of rest before that 17-miler.

Marathon Maritza said...

Great job on your runs!!!!

You are beautiful inside and out, so I'm glad you aren't hung up on a few lbs. you 'think' you need to lose. You are an awesome runner and very active and healthy, so you are doing all the right things!

Now go kick back with some's good for your heart. Dr's orders. :)

Miss ya!

Kelly H. said...

Nice job on the runs this week. Very impressive. Have fun on Saturday, heading anywhere fun?

Michele said...

wow, those are some mighty fast runs. congrats.
I sure wish marathon training would help me lose weight instead of gain. but I guess I need to stop eating everything that isn't nailed down.

KK said...

Way to hammer out that zippy tempo run despite feeling fatigued at the start of the week. You are one dedicated runner! I also think it's super cool that you guys continue to cross train on the mtn bikes-Portland seems like it would be awesome for that. Have fun this weekend. :)

N.D. said...

Wow, back to back could be killer! great job!

kelsalynn said...

Good Lord--- 7:27?????????? That's insanely fricken awesome! You go girl- way to push yourself. I'm glad you're listening to your body and didn't push it too far if you were achy. And don't worry about the scale either... For a year now, I haven't lost any weight according to the scale yet I don't have any pants left that don't require me to roll them over once at the top! The scale is a piece of shit! LOL!

Great week!

Cindy said...

hi! aron told me you were running the RLH half too. nice to see another portland runner/blogger! sounds like you will be at the finish line far before i will :-P
i think we'll have pretty good running conditions sunday--good luck!

jahowie said...

You are too good. I need to learn from you and get my butt out there even if I don't feel like it. Nice job on the workouts!!