Monday, August 19, 2013

9 Mile Week - (Half)Marathon Monday

Another week of training down - and one week closer to Baltimore! This was the last week of summer vacation - boo!!! It was a fun week, though, involving a spontaneous trip to NYC for a taping of Dr. Oz and my parents have arrived in town for awhile!

Here's the breakdown...

Urbanathlon training at the gym - we did the "Pyramid of Pain" (we nicknamed it that)
It basically starts at one pull-up (assisted), two push-ups, three crunches, and four squats - then builds from there.  In the end, you do a total of 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 crunches, and 400 squats.  Plus we did 18-19 sprints in between.  It was a killer!

Ended up resting.  I was a little sore from the Pyramid, and we left in the afternoon to travel to NYC.

Walking around NYC was enough workout!  We walked a few miles!

Ran 4 miles - my legs were dead!

Track workout - 6 laps total with different body weight strength moves and sprints between each lap.

Long run - 9 miles (1:37:07, 10:44 pace)

This is my super fancy hydration method.  An 8 oz water bottle with half a tablet of Nuun!  I planned my running route so that my parents' RV would be about halfway, and they were able to trade me my almost empty bottle for a fresh one! 
I fueled with ENERGYbits before my run, and then tried some plain honey.  I "borrowed" these packets from a certain fancy coffee chain.  The nice thing is, they're smaller than a traditional gel/Gu - so I took one at mile 3 and one at mile 6.  They're just pure honey too, so there aren't any weird additives or chemicals.  It worked well!  I will definitely do this again.

These were my mile times.  I was pleased that my mile 1 and mile 9 paces were so close! Mile 3's time really gives an accurate picture of how I was feeling at that point.  After NYC on Wednesday, outlet shopping on Thursday, more shopping Friday - my legs were DEAD.  I really thought I was going to have to stop at my parents' and ask them to drive me home.

However, if you look at miles 6, 7, 8, and 9 - you can see I got my groove back!  A 10:01 mile at mile SEVEN?  That's awesome for me!! I was really pleased with this run - and the route was not flat!

My time goal for the Baltimore Half is under 2:30. At the pace I ran Saturday, I could finish closer to 2:20!  I still have over a month of training left, so I'll adjust my goals as I get closer.

How was your week??

1 comment:

  1. Awesome job! I'm sure you can hit your 2:30 goal. Keep it up!