Yes. The one up there on top of the hill. It has always intimidated me. I never thought that *I* would want to head up there. The traffic. The distance. The two hills!
I had a seven miler that I had to take care of last night. My normal Crystal Cove run is only a 2.5 mile out and back, which would leave me two miles short. Saturday's effort left me a little gimped up, and I was wondering if I was going to make it through the first couple of miles, much less seven. I toyed with running the extra two miles by doubling back. But, when push came to shove, I just buckled down, braved the traffic, the extra mile out and back, and the two hills on PCH. I can now add that sign to my accomplishments. Average pace was 9:58 at an average heart rate of 76% of max.
That wrapped up a 39 mile week. I was pretty pleased with all that happened last week - new distances at new speeds. I'm hobbling a little bit, but nothing that is "injury" status - just the little tweaks and niggles that happen when trying to push an old body to new heights.
This is week six, which in the Hal Higdon camp means it's a step back week. On the plan:
- Monday: 3 easy (GA) miles. Stretching and core workout afterwards
- Tuesday: 7 miles GA.
- Wednesday: 3 miles GA.
- Thursday: 8 mile tempo style run. See the note below
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: 10 mile long run
- Sunday: 7 miles race pace
- Total: 38 miles
About my Thursday - one of the things that I discussed Saturday while running with Mike was my frustration with dying at mile 15 or 16 of a marathon. Here we were clipping along at a 4:15 pace pretty effortlessly, but I can't break 5 hours when the rubber hits the road! We discussed my training plan (yes - while running) and since he's a 53 year old BQ guy, I'm going to listen!
Here is what he suggested:
- Replace my track workouts with longer tempo style runs. He had always had success with these type of runs, and my body seems to be able to tolerate tempo runs pretty well.
- Over the next few weeks, lengthen out as far as 10 miles at a pace that will be just slower than my 10K pace (right around 8:50 to 9:00 per mile). Add up to a 2 mile warm up and a 2 mile warm down for up to 14 miles total.
- Ramp down some of my Tuesday and Sunday runs. The goal is to change the structure of my week, not the number of miles I'm running.
- About every 3rd week work in a hill workout instead of a tempo style run
With this in mind, I'm changing the 5X800s that was scheduled for Thursday to a 8 mile tempo run - 1 mile warm up, 6 miles at 8:45 - 8:50, 1 mile warm down. Next week I'll keep the hill workout on the plan, and from that point I'll stretch out these tempo runs.
Anyone else have success with this formula?