Here's the details of the week:
Thursday: cross training
About 10 miles on my mountain bike in 1 hour.
I rode along the waterfront where we usually run, and where I often ride along with Zach as he runs. But this time I was alone, so I pushed a faster pace and could really feel it. I also did a couple big sets of (girl-style) push ups, and was sore for the rest of the week. :O
5.0 miles/44:44/8:57 average pace
Easy solo run
16.0 miles/2:18:07/8:38 average pace
Springwater Corridor Trail: Southeast Portland through Gresham.
It was flat as a pancake and I loved every second of it. It actually reminded me a lot of the Iron Horse Trail back in the east bay, and that was nice. It was kind of comforting in a way. Reassuring.
Since the course was easy we ran a lot faster than last week. The first 8 miles took 1:10:11 (8:46 average pace) and the return trip took 1:07:56 (8:30 average pace). We ran a really steady pace with the last mile fastest at 8:02. It wasn't easy, but not too hard. It was a confidence-booster for sure. I'm running a half marathon in 2 weeks and am interested to see how I can do. I started off this training cycle very pessimistic, but things are looking up.
It did rain for a bit as you can see in these pictures, but actually was pretty nice overall. I don't mind running in rain and I loooooove running in cool weather, so I'm happy as a clam here.
total miles for the week: 40
Sunday was the Portland Marathon and I just had to get out and support the runners. It would have felt weird to not be a part of it somehow. Although I didn't end up seeing either of my friends that were running (POM and Emily's bf) it's because they were already finished by the time I got there! Awesome. Check out P.O.M.'s race report coming soon. I won't spoil it, but holy shit. :)