8 miles speed
*3 x (2 x 1200 in 5:18): 1st set (5:10, 5:05); 2nd set (5:04, 5:09); 3rd set (5:13, 5:16). Not great in terms of consistency but I did beat 5:18 on each interval.
MON: 7 speed — total fail. I think I eeked out 3 miserable mile repeats and called it a day. My legs were so tired.
TUE: 12 total — 8 tempo AM (ended up being a decent run) + 4 easy PM
WED: 7 easy
easy unplanned rest day
FRI: 20 long — very happy about this run!
SAT: 4 easy
So 50 miles for the week. I wanted to do more but my legs would not cooperate. I was going to force the easy run on Thursday but I’m glad I didn’t. I think Friday’s 20-miler would have suffered.
I’ll end with a funny story. Yesterday I was running and I ran into (pun intended) someone I used to coach last summer (I worked with Fleet Feet Sports to train a group of runners for the Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll Half). We chatted about what we are training for, etc. When I told him I was trying to BQ he asked what time I needed.
Him: Oh, that’s not so bad.
Me (sarcastically): Oookaayyy.
Him: Well I guess that’s fast for you…
Me: (more sarcastically): Thanks a lot.
Him (sensing my increasing sarcasm): Well, a guy would have to run it in 3:15.
Me: You are comparing apples to oranges. Guys run faster.
Apparently BQing is easy! Don’t you love when people who never ran a marathon make comments about pace and time?! I don’t encounter this often but I would love to tell people to go run a marathon and then come talk to me. I’m sure they’ll change their tune!
Have you ever received any comments from the peanut gallery of non-runners? Does it irk you?
What a huge jerk! He should run a marathon and see how “easy” it is to BQ! I get irked when people refer to running as jogging…that word is like nails on a chalkboard to my ears!!
Agreed! That’s a good one! I also love when people tell me I’m ruining my knees. That’s a myth!
Some people just don’t think before they speak. My favorite is when people tell me how “bad” running is for my joints. I always say “and do you know what is worse for your joints? Sitting on the couch doing nothing.”
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Ewww I would have been annoyed. Why compare?? I’m amazed at your times!
Being that it would take me a solid 6+ hours to run a marathon, anyone that finishes one/contemplates finishing one/looks at one on a website/utters the word “marathon” gets accolades in my book so tell him some chick in Luziana said to suck it.
great miles this week and so excited that you had such an awesome LR experience! Sounds like it was smart that you took that break on Thursday…set you up for an amazing Friday run 🙂
Oh yeah, I get comments from non-runners all the time. But, I used to be one of them, too, and I think most of it just stems from not “getting it.” For a lot of years, I wondered why running at all is fun and cannot believe I am one of those people that will go on a run for fun.
WOW! 50 miles. I am so impressed with you people (ie other people who blog) that can run so much without missing a beat!
The week before my first marathon, my mom was like “At this time next week, you’ll be half way done your marathon!” I was like, uh, that would mean I ran the first half in 1:30. Probably not going to happen. She was like “Wait…what’s a good time for a marathon?” 🙂
Great miles for the week!
haha, that is so annoying! Sometimes if I’m talking to a family member about running they’ll be like “oh, you only ran X miles?” or “oh, why did you run that one slow?” if it was an easy week. They just don’t get the whole training thing at all. Drives me nuts.
If it’s soooo easy, he must have already qualified for Boston then? What a turd.
I have only run half marathons…so anything marathon distance or longer is amazing to me! Those kind of comments would irk me, luckily none come to mind right now though.
PS- I see you’re doing RnR half + one in November? I’m signed up for RnR Philly, and strongly considering the November half as well (hey, if it’s hot in September again, I know the weather will be more conducive to a PR in November :-p)
Ha! I think I need to use the word turd more often…I like it 🙂
Yes, I’m doing the RnR and the Philly Half. I’m technically signed up for the full but I’m pretty sure I’ll drop to the half. You should definitely sign up — I actually prefer the Philly Half to the RnR. I think the course is better and the crowd support is amazing. Hurry though, it usually fills up by end of August.
Ooooo. HUGE pet-peeve when non-marathon runners (or even super-speedy marathon runners, for that matter) start talking crazy like that. don’t take it personally. you’ll kick ass, I can feel it.
great job on listening to your body this week! and 50 miles is nothing to sneeze at!
OMG you are a rock star! An easy run after a tempo run? A superfast 20 miler? 50 miles in a week? Amazing! In my mind, you are superfast, but yes I agree people who don’t run at all seem to have a lot of advice about it. Odd, especially considering most of them don’t even know the distance of a marathon. Even runners seem to be sometimes confused. My friend ran with a 4:16 marathon PR seems to think BQing will be no problem at her next one. But, what do I know, maybe she will. I really think you can though – not that it will be easy! That’s cool that you used to coach.