Sunday, May 13, 2012

Countdown to Ogden: Week 11

First things first -- chime in & predict my upcoming marathon finishing time! I am loving reading all of your responses and reasonings.

And secondly, I don't know about all your so-called "taper itches", because all the rest this week has been AWESOME.

Ogden Marathon training, week 11

Goal: 7 mi. w/ 10 x 100m pickups
Actual: 7.02 @ 9:19

I'm taking my taper paces seriously. Yes, I am.
Goal: 8 mi. w/ 3 x 1600m @ 6:55-7:10 pace/1600m recovery 
Actual: 8 mi. @ 7:38

Final speedwork before Ogden! 

What baffles me most about this run is that I did my mile sprints downhill (expected to be faster than normal) followed by a mile running back up that same hill (expected to be slower, and more recovery-ish), and repeated that 3 times. Well, my recovery miles back uphill were much closer to goal pace miles. So that's kind of a nice surprise?! This was further confirmation for me that sometimes when you run until your eyes start to bleed, any pace feels much easier... even when that's a goal pace up a hill, apparently. Super awesome run -- I rode this runner's high for a while.

1-mile warm up (8:30), 3 x 1600m downhill (6:49, 6:49, 6:44 WHAT!!)/1600m uphill (8:16, 8:07, 8:00), 1-mile cool down (7:57)

Goal: Rest
Actual: Rest

Goal: 5 mi. w/ 6 x 100m pickups
Actual: 5.15 mi. @ 8:36

Not much to this run... just went out for a cruise. 

The baby buffalo were out during my run through Golden Gate Park. Did you know you don't need to have Instagram to get these blurry edges & out-of-focus pictures? You just need to drop your phone a lot. 

Goal: Rest
Actual: 10 mi. @ 8:42

I ended up moving my weekend run to Friday afternoon to get a little more heat training in. I cruised through the miles, listened to some music, and enjoyed the warm afternoon. Last double-digit run before Ogden! 

Goal: 5 mi. @ 9:00+
Actual: Rest


Goal: Rest
Actual: Rest

I probably should have moved Saturday's run to Sunday since I missed it, but my wise friend Renee told me "You can never run too little during taper." So I'm going to live that up & enjoy another day of rest this taper.

Overall, I finished week 11 with 30.17 miles of running. Just a few more days, and then it's time to fly out to Ogden already! 

Once again, have you predicted my finishing time yet? Well, do it! All the cool kids are.


  1. magic cake for the win! I'm SO excited for you

  2. Yes!! I totally agree with you. I have never in my life had "taper itch." I <3 taper. Also that more miles in general = everything gets easier / faster. Rising tides lift all boats & all that. Can't wait to see how your race goes!!

  3. Haha, I am glad that you are enjoying the rest. At least someone isn't going crazy tapering. :-)

  4. Oh my gosh, I am so excited for you! You are going to rock this marathon. I can't wait!!!!

  5. Nice taper training! You are in great shape it seems. Nearly there!

  6. I fall apart during taper -- things ache, I get sick, I eat nonstop, my brain gets fuzzy. I'm so happy it's going well for you!

  7. I love the GG Park buffalo! I didn't know there were babies out there though! I will have to keep my eye out next time. It seems like every time I go by there, they are all hiding! I am glad you are having a good taper week! Good luck in Ogden!

  8. You are so on track for a good one. And sage advice on the taper--rest is numero uno right now!

  9. Sounds like you are right where you need to be, can't wait to hear all about Ogden! Blessings and much luck and speed to you!

  10. I am very proud of you and this training cycle missy. It's been fun to watch you gain confience and train with purpose... it's going to pay off!! <3