I hope everyone understands my last post. My intention was not to exclude anyone. I enjoy reading running blogs of all kinds and all paces. I feed off the joys/trials of newer runners. I also love reading the posts from faster crowd. I love to "dream" through their posts - ha. I also, enjoy reading blogs of similar paces and I noticed I follow fewer blogs that fall into "my category." For those of you who made recommendations - I thank you.
Last weekend I went to a 5k in Luling, LA. The Rock N Run 5k. I had researched the 5k market for Sat. Nov. 19th, in search of a "flat and fast" 5k. (I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses. I'm not great, or even good at racing on hills. (this is something I really want to work on, but currently my focus is on running as many PRs as possible, while I still can. I can race on hills down the line when my PR opportunities have passed me by)
|I won a Rock! The rock says 2nd place overall "YOU ROCK" on it. Cute! (small race indeed - maybe 80-90 runners)|
So I left the race with a new friends, a rock, I won a paper shredder and a PR.
I'll spare you the details, but I'm happy to report I had a PR race. I always like to run a 5k close to my marathon. It tells me a lot about my current fitness. I went into this race with very little speed work, but after the recent 10k PR, I hoped, and felt like it would be a good day. I wasn't disappointed! I'm excited that I ran 22:59 (this was my 2012 goal - to run sub 23). I'm VERY excited and looking forward to my training in Jan. -March. I intend to focus on the 5k which I have never been able to do in the winter because I always opt for marathon training instead. Early 2012 will be different. Good things ahead for 2012.
Nov. 14th - 57 miles running with a 5k, 2.5 miles walking, 3 days of Supreme 90 day, and 1 yoga class
Nov. 21st - 44 miles running with 3 X 1 mile @ 7:28 avg. on Thurs. and 13 @ 9:31 avg. today (sat), 5 days of Supreme 90 day, 1 yoga class. Sunday will be a walk day/recovery 5-7 miles of walking this week- (depending on how far I walk on Sunday)
So, I have decided that I will run 25-28 miles before the marathon on Saturday. I followed this program for 12 weeks, as called for, with 2 exceptions....
**the Bar Harbor 26.2 mile training run (not on the plan)
**and as Jill so astutely noticed, my 20 mile run 2 weeks ago at 8:52 avg (with 10 miles at 8:32) was NOT on the schedule. (Yes, I went off the reservation, but I did miss my 12 mile marathon pace run because that was the wk of the marathon, and I wanted to run it slow because of the added distance (26.2 miles @ 9:44 avg) blah, blah, blah, blah blah.
any hoo - I'm sticking with the plan this week......
25-28 miles and I'll be "Ready to Rumble", Sat. (3rd)
in Baton Rouge, LA
**If you want to pick a mile - (18-25 - because that's when it get's TOUGH), and share a mantra or thought, I would LOVE IT!