Wow. Time flies.
So, I went away for 3 weeks, and that pretty much ruined my training. I worked for two solid weeks. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, my work is tough. I don’t work much throughout the year, but when I am on, I am on. I work 24/7 for the two weeks I am away, and am on call all the time (not an exaggeration). I also need to be ‘on-show’ and very active and extremely happy all the time – meaning, I can’t be exhausted after my long runs and just go to bed!
Now that my excuses have been given, let’s do a quick run-down of what I have done the past few weeks.
Monday – 5 miles easy (10:08min/mile)
Tuesday – 4 x 1200m: Total of 6.5 miles
Wednesday – Rest day
Thursday – 8 mile tempo, + 1 mile warm up and cool down (9:02 pace)
Friday – 5 miles easy (9:58min/mile)
Saturday – 8 miles long run pace (9:33min/mile)
Sunday – fly to Australia for work
Total – 34.5 miles. No long run. Last decent week before traveling.
Monday – Still in transit.
Tuesday – 5 miles easy pace (9:50min/mile)
Wednesday – 1 mile easy, plus strength work
Thursday – 5 miles easy (10:05min/mile)
Friday – nothing
Saturday – nothing – Travel to Uluru
Sunday – nothing – Travel to Sydney
Total – 11 miles. Working hard this week – and recovering from jet lag!
Monday – 10 miles – fartlek style (9:22min/mile)
Tuesday – nothing
Wednesday – nothing (huge day of traveling around Australia)
Thursday – nothing, but did kayak and hike with group
Friday – nothing
Saturday – 6.2 miles easy, but with a few faster miles thrown in (9:21min/mile)
Sunday – nothing – traveling to Perth
Total: 16.2 miles. Finished my working week!
Monday – 7 miles easy (9:50min/mile)
Tuesday – 2 miles easy (10:17min/mile)
Rest of the week nothing!!
Total: 9 miles – oops! Spent this week being very lazy, getting over my work week and relaxing – probably should have run more.
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 4 miles easy (10:04min/mile)
Wednesday – 6 x 1 mile repeats, + 1 mile warm up and cool down (8.75 miles)
Thursday – 5 miles easy (10:09min/mile)
Friday – rest
Saturday – 5 miles easy (10:33min/mile)
Sunday – 16 miles long run (9:53min/mile)
Total: 38.75 miles. Getting back into it!
Monday – 5 miles easy (10:09min/mile)
Tuesday – 4 x 1.5 mile – (9.25 miles)
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 5 miles easy (9:54min/mile)
Friday – 8 mile tempo, 1 mile warm up and cool down (9:12min/mile)
Saturday – 8 miles easy (10:06min/mile)
Sunday – 10 miles long run (9:29min/mile)
Total: 48 miles.
So that is it! With all of this, I have decided my goal of sub 2 hours is out of reach. The tempo runs I have been doing are very difficult. I am going to aim for 4:15-4:30, which is still 15-30min PR. Week 16, which I am towards the end of, is also I very terrible week – lots of traveling again. Not good way to go into a marathon, but it is ok! I’ll try my best and know I can work hard for the next marathon.
2 more weeks until M-Day!