Monday, April 30, 2012

Countdown to Ogden: Week 9

Thanks to a multi-day trip back to the Midwest for my brother's wedding + nonstop family time for both me & my handsome gentleman, week 9 was the peak week that wasn't.

Ogden Marathon training, week 9


11 mi. @ 8:30-9:00
Actual: 11.13 mi. @ 8:27

I am a lazy asshole. All of the crap I needed to get done in preparation for my brother's wedding didn't happen until the week of. Thanks to a late-night text message from Courtney asking if I wanted to meet her for an early-morning run, I knew if I met up with her I'd have an evening free to get some errands done. We convened in Golden Gate Park for a few miles together, and were cheered on by these sweet little babes. Running with Courtney is always a treat, and seeing her so early was a great way to start the week. 

Goal: 7 mi. w/ 4 x 1200m @ 7:25-7:35 pace
Actual: 7.5 mi. @ 8:23

Totally missing the part of my training plan that asked me to do speedwork during Monday's 11-miler, I decided to work it into Tuesday's run. I fudged up my Garmin screens so I couldn't tell what pace I was hitting during my 1200m sprints, so I did it purely on feel. While the last one was slightly fast, the others were right on. What a great feeling!

1-mile warm-up (8:45), 4 x 1200m w/ 4 min. rec. (7:35, 7:30, 7:25, 7:10), 2 mile cool-down (8:31, 8:29)
The best part of this workout was that I got it done before work, leaving me with another evening to get stupid crap done!

Goal: 11 mi. @ 8:30-9:00
Actual: 11.25 mi. @ 8:37

Courtney was kind enough to meet me for another run before work which leaves me at a new morning run streak: 3 days! It'll never happen again -- I was wayyyy too tired and my legs were so dead by the third day to have any drive to keep this habit up. Thanks, Courtney, for keeping me company for so many miles this week! We definitely need to make a habit of it.

Goal: Rest
Actual: Rest
Goal: 5-10 miles, if I had time
Actual: 3 mi. @ 8:26

The view of my hotel's treadmill overlooked the pool, and while I was in there early enough to not have anyone stare at me, not looking at anything wasn't very exciting either. The room was muggy, there was no cooling or ventilation, and I called it quits at 3 miles. Ah well.

Goal: 20 mi. @ 8:30-9:00
Actual: Rest

Goal: 10 mi. @ 9:00+
Actual: Rest

That's right, folks! Overall, I finished week 9 with 32.88 miles of running. An impressive peak week, huh?! ;) Instead, I've decided to make this week my second official peak week, leaving myself with 2 weeks to taper for Ogden instead of 3. I'm totally okay with this, and all the time I got to spend with friends, family, new in-laws, and the handsome man's family made the time off running so well worth it. 

3 more weeks -- eeeek!


  1. Heh, your week sounds like mine. You do what you can! That is my mileage mantra. You will still rock Ogden!!

  2. You have done so well with your training, missing out on some miles (for a good reason) is okay. 3 weeks is going to fly by!

  3. Sounds like you got in runs where you could, that's something to be proud of. I have no doubts you'll do great at Ogden!

  4. You've got this... you are a stronger runner than you give yourself credit for. If your 30+ makes you lazy asshole, what does my week of just under 13 make me? Wait, don't answer that.

  5. I guess I am weird (don't say anything!) but other than the 3-instead-of-5-miles on Friday I'm not seeing where you fell short of the training plan. It looks like those 2 miles are all that's missing. Did I miss something? I think you are going to destroy Ogden.

  6. Wow, you are a lazy asshole.

    Haha, I'm just kidding. I'm sure you'll be fine for the race with a deferred peak week. :)