Sunday, February 5, 2012

Just Training!

Not much new to report from Happy Feet 26.2, except my training in 2012 has been great.  Currently, I've had 4 weeks of super speed training (missed one wk of speed due a nasty cold).   I haven't raced in 2012, but I'm hoping to add my first 2012 race this weekend.  I will be racing a 5k on Sat.  I'm excited to give my training a test to see where I'm at after several quality weeks, but also after being sick.   Race fever has set in, especially after reading some recent race reports. 

Running 2012 so far:
Week of:
Jan 2 - 50 miles
Jan 9 - 57 miles
Jan 16 - 25 miles - (started getting sick on Fri of this wk - missed the long and weekend running)
Jan 23rd - 45 miles - (missed Mon.&Tues - still sick, and missed my speed work)
Jan 30th - 50 miles - (see below)

Jan - 188 miles of running

This week, I still had a lingering cough.  I was able to get back to my regular plan, but wouldn't say I was 100%, until this weekend.  

The training:
Mon - walk 30 min
Tues. - 5 miles - still coughing

Wed. - 7 miles - "               "      (delayed speed work because of rain)

Thurs. - 7 miles - 2 mile w/u, 12 X 300 @ 1:18 (6:58 avg) with 1 min. recovery, 2 mile c/d 
Knowing I wasn't 100%, and listening to my wise husband's suggestions, I decided to slow the pace of the intervals.  My plan called for sub 75 seconds.  It was a wise move to adjust the plan.  I was able to complete the workout, and not fall off the pace, but ended with a solid workout. 

Fri - 5 mile recovery run

Sat. - 21 miles - yes, I'm 5k training, but I wanted to get this long run in, just in case the weather is "right for me", and I want to run The Snickers marathon in Albany, GA on March 3rd.  I'm also considering the half marathon.  I feel like I can run a great half right now, sooooo???,    we shall see.... it will be a, week of the race, decision, based on the weather in Albany.

Sun - 5+ with Kelly, recovery run and then 9.6 mile bike ride with Chad.  We rode a new route to test the dog situation.  Today was good, with only a few small "yappers" in one area.    Tomorrow, I will give it a test on foot, with pepper spray in hand.   

other useless data:
**some days, I can do 2 pull ups - it took me FOREVER to be able to do 1
**so far, I've eaten 36 apples  -  #appleaday2012
**on Feb 3rd, I joined the #burpeeFebruary challenge, which I'm thinking I will REALLY regret in a few more days.  (you do the number of burpees, for the day of the month - Feb. 3 - 3 Burpees,Feb. 6th - 6 Burpees, Feb. 15th - 15 burpees , etc.)

**when I'm sick, I NEVER lose my appetite.  In fact, I gain weight when I'm sick.  I keep eating, trying to make myself feel better.  It doesn't work, but I'm "hard headed", and keep trying. 

**I have missed 2 weeks of yoga class, which means this week is mandatory - I MUST MAKE A YOGA CLASS

**I have added a few "fast downhills" to start getting ready for the Blue Ridge Marathon ("America's toughest road marathon") in April.  The majority of my running is on rolling hills, but soon I will need to add a day of "steeper" hill work, every other week initially, and then increase gradually.  I may run hills, and then finish on the treadmill on the highest incline, up and down.  (thanks for the treadmill recommendation  Generation X (Slomohusky))

One other exciting tidbit of information that I realized this past Monday,  I BQ'ed back in Dec. 2011,  at the Baton Rouge Marathon.  I thought I needed a 3:45 for the new standards, but I didn't think about the fact that I will be 45 (trying NOT to think about that) for Boston 2013, so that puts me in the next age group and my qualifying time is 3:55.  I ran 3:49, so I have some time to spare.  Not sure at this point if I will go back or not, but as Chad pointed out, many people never get the chance to go 1 time.  If I can go back 1 more time, maybe I should.  After I BQ'ed at St. George the first time, my next goal was to BQ on a non-downhill course.  Baton Rouge qualifies - most would call it flat, but it does have a few rollers throughout the course.  (it's definitely NOT a downhill course).  So another goal achieved!  Yes, it was a happy Monday.  

I'm hoping for you, and for me, that I have something new, exciting, or meaningful to report soon.  


Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Nice training! Burpees are so hard. Good luck on February 28th!

mfranks said...

You did right by adjusting your plan. I love the challenges, you keep us all in check.

I have a post about hill training coming, I just didn't get the chance to finish it yet! Treadmill is great way to get the hills in btw.

Take care- M.

Petraruns said...

You're really in fighting form aren't you - despite that brief illness - I'm SO impressed.

It's very inspiring to see you plugging away at training and really progressing - and what great news about your BQ - nice one!

Raquelita said...

It was smart to adjust your plan and ease up on the intervals. This time of year it can be so easy to get one of those recurrent colds that ends up turning into a sinus infection. Better to take it easy and get better so that you're ready to race.

Great training!

misszippy said...

Nice training going on down there! Congrats on the BQ. So funny that you are just realizing it..most would be all over that from the get go!

And I can't wait to hear about Blue Ridge. So cool

lindsay said...

21 miles... 5k training. You need psychiatric help ;)

Lisa said...

Your mileage always impresses me :) Nice training thus far!

Michael said...

You are dialed in on several fronts...very well rounded training and nice mileage !

And I agree...Burpees are more difficult than many realize. Especially if you're stringing a few of them together (although 29 of them shouldn't be too difficult for someone in great shape like yourself).