So last week I had a decent week of training. I logged about 50 miles with two great workouts including my favorite 8 x 800 @ half marathon pace / 400 "recovery" at marathon pace and 2 x 3mi @ half marathon pace. My lackluster legs seemed to rebound a bit, until I put them to the test on my day off of work on Friday when I raked out two loads of topsoil and built a fieldstone retaining wall. Needless to say, it was a sore 14 miler on Saturday AM! I rested up and had a relaxing Easter and started the week off well with a short marathon pace workout.
I always view the final week as a "tensioning" of the legs, a "wind them up for race day" theory. Tuesday's planned 4 x 1000's didn't work out after I was dumb and crushed myself on the bike for 90 minutes at 19+ mph, but today's 8 x 200 @ sub 5:00 pace went well and overall I'm confident that I've trained the best that I could have.
So, Monday will be my 8th time toeing the line in Hopkinton (and my 20th official marathon finish). This race just keeps drawing me back. So, to recap to date where my training has come:
- Since January 1, 2012 I've logged 900 miles
- That equates to >60 miles per week
- I've averaged 7:10 per mile for those 900 miles
- I've logged 9 days of 20 or more miles of running
So, track me at www.bostonmarathon.com (bib 1245) on race day, I'll be thinking of everyone in the "e-world" each 5k as I cross the mat and log a (hopefully consistent) time.
In other news, Rev3 is STILL running across America. They've just entered the Eastern timezone and plan to arrive in Washington DC on Patriots Day! Please consider a donation to the Ulman Cancer Foundation to support their cause. http://rev3tri.com/america/donate/
And in other exciting news, it's official, I've received my USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification!