Week of 11/25
I normally don't take Mondays off, but since it was pouring and my Thanksgiving travel plans had just gotten switched up, I decided to switch my schedule around and take a rest day, as Steph had originally planned for the day after the HMSA 25K.
Tuesday: 5 miles very easy with Cathryn + 4 x 30 second strides
Wednesday: Prescribed workout was 15 minute warm-up, 2 mile tempo, 2 minutes rest, 800m at 10K pace, 3 mins rest, 2 miles tempo, 10 minute cool-down. Couldn't hold tempo pace for even half a mile (perhaps not recovered from the 25K); ran 8 miles easy (9:35 average) instead. Figured I'd get somewhat of a do-over in the newly-scheduled Turkey Trot the next day.
Thursday: Sugar Land Turkey Trot in 40:32. Turkey Trots are made for PRs! I also ran one in the last trot I ran in 2011 (a 10K). This was my first PR in any distance since February 2012.
|If only I'd ran the tangents so that I could have come in under 40...|
Saturday: 13 miles in 1:57:13/9:01 average pace.
|Confidence boost for next week's half.|
|Ran RHC's planned route. I'd surely have gotten lost without some buddies.|
Total: 35.16 miles
Running a PR and another strong long run this week have me feeling even more pumped for the Houston Marathon, which is less than 50 days away at this point (eek). My next two long runs will be races with the RunGirl 13.1 next Sunday and the Sugar Land 30K the following week. Doing something different every week compared to the same routes I did all throughout NYCM training is making this training cycle fly by.
Did you run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? It was apparently Houston's coldest Thanksgiving in 20 years, AKA perfect racing conditions!