Monday, October 06, 2008

Week 3 Wrap up

It was a good week. I finally hit 40 miles and my shin is feeling 100% better. Yay! I did my easy run on Friday and then Zach and I had a fantastic long run on Saturday. Sunday we went down and watched the finishers come in at the Portland Marathon which was very inspiring. A big part of me was jealous of the runners and wished I could be out there too, but I'll just channel that enthusiasm into my training. I'll be one of them soon enough!

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. :)

It was kind of a rainy day but hopefully everyone had fun. Congrats to all the finishers.


Chad in the AZ Desert said...

I guess it really was a good week. Nice job with all of the runs. Great to hear that the shin is back to 100%. Do you have a goal for the half in two weeks?

*aron* said...

awesome job on week 3!!! that trail looks so pretty! i wish it would cool down here one of these days. so fun to go to the marathon too... i am so excited to go to nike in a couple weeks to be a spectator! hopefully it will make me jealous too :)

D10 said...

You had a great wek of runs. Looks like you have lots of beautiful places to run. Glad the shin is feeling good.

kelsalynn said...

I don't mind running in rain either, as long as it's just sprinkling.

You ran 40 miles for the week? that's insane! You go girl!

Petraruns said...

It's all coming together for you see? Well done on the 40M and on the great biking. Will be coming to you for advice - I'm going to buy a bike in Chicago this week - and am looking to do a duathlon next spring.. Do you feel adding biking / swimming to the mix has made you a stronger / less injury prone runner?

Will need training advice and inspiration!

Ewen said...

That's the reason the north-west is so green you know! Very pretty.

You did well to be out cheering in that weather - I like how you caught those legs in perfect synchronisation. At least the runners wouldn't have had a problem with dehydration :)

ShirleyPerly said...

Great to hear the shin is better!! I don't mind running in rain either, as long as it's not thundering and lightening too (which scares me). Keep up the good running numbers and thanks for cool Portland photos!

ncrunner12 said...

I agree, love running the the cooler weather but not a fan of the rain. Great job on the 8 miles.

P.O.M. said...

It was great to meet you. Portland seems like such a cool place to live, espeically for active folks like you guys.

Working on the report now :)

Judi said...

Long runs are fun! Your running is going well....

Nitmos said...

40 miles? Ass kicking!