YAY race weekend is almost here!
for my friday favorites, i wanted to close out the training cycle highlighting my favorite parts of it!
i started officially training february 1st after base building all through january. i did a 12 week schedule based on pfitz, but really it was my own creation, with parts of his schedule thrown in. the first few weeks were more focused on the half marathon i ran in march, and after that i focused more on the marathon itself.
over the 12 weeks i ran 593.4 miles, not including the marathon obviously. i ran my most miles in a month ever in march with 240.1 and peaked at 62 miles during a week… not too bad!
i was able to incorporate a number of races this training cycle, most of them just as long runs, but one half marathon i really raced.
and a half marathon PR.
i had some great long runs during this training cycle but i have to say my favorite one was the sunday san francisco run with jen! i had such a great time running with her, it was a beautiful day, and the miles flew by.
the need for speed
i think the biggest thing that has changed for me during this training cycle was finding a love for speed work, specifically the track! joining a team has helped tremendously with this and i have really seen some improvements in my running. plus it’s actually fun! it’s a great way to be motivated and just not think about what you are doing, plus it’s nice just being told what to do.
on top of the track i have also really enjoyed all my tempo runs this cycle. i used to get so freaked out by them, but this time i actually looked forward to them. i had some great ones, including a near 10k PR in a training run.
i was able to have so many meet ups with my friends over this training cycle! it always helps when things just get a little hard mentally when you are in the thick of it, and it just makes it easier to get out the door sometimes.
and got to meet up with a visiting blogger from canada, marci!
overall its been a GREAT training cycle. i have had so much fun (obviously) right along with training really hard and crossing off some of my goals for 2010. i have really enjoyed my running and really found a new love for different areas of it. i am REALLY excited for the big sur marathon and am really excited for what is after this race too.
i have had a couple people ask me about goals… i do have a couple of time goals in the back of my mind but they aren’t anything strict that i am going to lay out on here. really my goal is to go out there and run a smart strong race, while having fun and trying to soak up some of the scenery. it is a tough course which i expect, but i am ready for the challenge. i also don’t want to put any crazy time goal pressures on myself, after doing that all of last year. this is about the experience and hopefully i will run a good time with it. if not, then at least i will be looking at some amazing views! i am really excited
i will post from my phone soon after the race, but my report won’t be up until monday, but i will try to make it worth the wait.
thank you as always for all the support along the way and for all the good luck wishes i have already received this week!! you guys are awesome
#7 here i come!
thursday i took the extra rest day then i met up with tara, maritza and kristin for my last run before the marathon this morning! it’s become tradition now to do our last runs before big races together and i love it we kept the pace easy and then i rolled out my legs when i got home. they still aren’t feeling very springy, but hopefully they will by sunday!
5.0 miles/50:50/10:10 avg pace
have a great weekend!