It is apparently 6 weeks until my next marathon, the Lost Dutchman Marathon in Apache Junction, AZ.
I signed up for this race on a whim about 3-4 weeks ago, and decided not not really “train” for it in the traditional way. Instead, I just kept doing my normal runs and ramped up the mileage.
So far, I’m really enjoying this non-training schedule! I’ve been running around 40 miles per week with 17-20 mile long runs and one speed session a week. Here’s how this past week went:
Monday: rest (Yoga)
Tuesday: 8 miles @ 8:55 pace (Yoga)
Wednesday: Fast 3 miles @ 7:30 pace with Zach (Climb)
Thursday: Easy 6 miles @ 9:30 pace
Friday: rest (Yoga)
Saturday: 6 mile trail run with Zach @ 10:24 pace (Climb)
Sunday: 17 mile long run @ 9:09 pace
Very solid week! The highlights were: 1) that short run with Zach on Wednesday where I ran super fast and felt great! 2) the trail run in Forest Park (see pics below). It snowed a little and was super muddy and fun.
The real highlights of the week were non-running-related: 1) Tuesday night’s yoga class was taught by my favorite Portland yoga instructor: Emily! 2) Spectacular climbing session on Saturday where I sent two 5.10s – one I had been struggling with and one brand new route. SO fun.
I’m going to keep this kind of a schedule for the next few weeks, and then I will taper of course. I’m making sure those kind of key training elements are present so I don’t under-train or get injured or anything. I do hope to do well in the marathon, I wouldn’t have signed up for it if I thought it would be a disaster. But I am certainly enjoying taking it very lightly. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out!
Here are a few pics from our run yesterday. Thanks so much for reading and I hope everyone is having a great 2011 so far! :)