I'm continuing my trial of running 8 miles before my long run, so I ran 8 miles on Thursday. Thankfully, I was able to recruit my friend Kelly to run the 8 miles with me. So Friday, before the time change, I waited for daylight, and headed out for my run. I don't like running in the dark anymore, and thankfully, my schedule is flexible and I can do it. I had to wait until 7AM for daylight to arrive. By waiting for daylight, I knew the last hour, or more, would be warm. It was !
|This pic and the one to the right lower, are in the same area||. One the way out !|
|One the way back ! The fall colors didn't show up like I wanted.|
|Audrey's horse poses for a pic. He wanted to run !|
|Audrey's dogs cheering me on .....Go Ginny Go !|
For this marathon training, I'm doing some things that are similar, but I'm trying several new things. One being the 8 mile runs the day before my long runs. I'm also trying my longest run being 4 weeks out instead of my typical 3 weeks before the marathon. Today, I also decided that this week is going to be a step back week which will be different than my typical 3 week taper. This week, I'm going to cut my weekly mileage back (probably 20-25 miles) and my long run will be 8-10 miles. Then next week (2 weeks before the marathon), I will do a 16-18 mile run, and the Yasso's full 10X800 workout, and increase my weekly mileage again. I will do the long run early in the week, so it will be more like 2.5 weeks out. Then I will do a shorter taper after next week.
I have no idea how all of this will work out as far as racing, but it doesn't matter......
I'm enjoying the training. I'm adjusting it as I feel it's needed. I decided on the "step back" week today, after running a 5 mile run and knowing that I'm NOT recovered from the 22 miles on Friday. It just feels right to "step back" this week, get some full recovery, and then pick it back up again next week.
Another good reason for a step back week is that Wed., my Mom, sister, and I will leave for a quick trip to Dallas, TX. From what I've read, it sounds like a run around White Rock Lake will be on the list, but I'm still researching the area. Happy Running !