This training cycle has been absolutely ridiculous. I’ve been all over the place. Literally. I’ve run in London, Paris, Florida, California, and of course my home town in Hawaii. Because I have been all over, it has been extremely difficult to keep up with my blog. Instagram is fantastic, because I can at least record my runs there. Though, I started this blog to keep track of my workouts, and to have a record of how I went from a slow runner to a (hopefully) much faster runner.
It would be too time consuming for me to enter in all of the runs I’ve done, and also, I am way to lazy to bother with that. Instead, here are some of my key workouts/runs so far in my training cycle.
3 x 1600m
This was my last ‘speed’ session of my training cycle. After this it will be ‘strength’ sessions. This was run on the treadmill, and I felt so good running it. I recovered in-between with 800m at an easy pace. It kind of feels like cheating being on the treadmill, however it is so hard on the mind that I think that it evens itself out. My splits:
These aren’t exactly accurate. My fast speeds on the treadmill were around the 8:06min/mile (I did fasten it towards the end on the middle, and the last I sped it up to 7:30min/mile for the last 0.25). My recovery and warm up/cool down I am sure are much slower than listed above.
Long Run – on the treadmill!
Wow – this was so tough. 15 miles is hard enough, but put yourself on a treadmill and have to do it? I wanted to give up, but pushed through. I watched tv and listened to music. I’m definitely excited for my future long runs to be outside.
Tempo Run – on the treadmill
This run was scheduled to be 8 miles, with a warm up and cool down. I didn’t think I could do 8 miles, so I was going to be ok with 6. Once I started running I thought, no, I can do 8. So I went out there and got it done! Again, on the treadmill – so it was pretty mind numbing. I warmed up for a mile, then ran 8 miles at a pace of 9:05min/mile (on the treadmill). Now, my watch wasn’t saying the same time, so I decided to focus on miles on the watch and pace on the treadmill – this meant the treadmill said I actually ran longer than what my watch said. I’m pretty happy with this, as even if my average pace is what I end up running for the marathon, it will be a huge PR.
Ladder Workout – on the treadmill
This one was tough! The ladder: 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1600m, 1200m, 800m, 400m – and 400m recovery between each of those. This was run at a pace on the treadmill of 8:06-8:13min/mile. Again, my watch didn’t pick up the correct pace, so I ran for distance on my watch (so I actually ran each repeat longer) and pace on the treadmill.
This was a 12 mile run around London. I was actually kind of excited for this run. It was a little warm, but I had planned to run around the park of London. I got to run through Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. I was extremely pleased with my pace too.