Monday, April 2, 2012

Marathon Training (week 4)

What more can I write about in a running blog, besides workouts that leave me with a sense of self-satisfaction? Should I bore you with the weather.... or what about the glorious trails that I've run on countless times, since I don't want to venture off onto new territory with the risk of the unknown. Sometimes, it seems like too much to try and find something new when I've been completely happy running on the same trails, day-in and day-out. The simple notion of trotting around town keeps me happy and entertained through the 100 plus miles a week. Sure, it would be nice to run on some exotic trail, to smell the pine needles in the air, as suppose to the spring barbecue grills that perfume the air. But, to be honest, I just love running and find the most joy just leaving my front porch.

From our house, I was able to get in plenty of the needed, but unvaried running that consumed my weekly mileage, along with a track session, and a pavement-pounding long run along the river. We (Allen and I) lost Kris this week after our track session. I know the track can take many lives; as it has in the past, and it was relentless against the guys who haven't started track workouts. It was a short; 6x1000m workout, and I thought it went well. After the carnage, Kris would be sidelined due to an achilles injury, and Allen cut the workout short from his 12lbs. of lost body weight after his NYC half marathon debacle. Sunday's long run went well, and I was able to get 22 miles in with another Jack Daniels workout in it: 3x1 miles and 2x1 miles towards the end.

All and all, it was a pretty satisfying week. I think I consumed nearly 50 Powerbars and used 1 gel in the long run.

Week 4

Mon - am. 7 miles / pm. 8 miles
Tue - am. 10 miles / pm. 10 miles
Wed - am. 6x1000m [3:18, 3:10, 3:01, 3:09, 3:07, 2:56] total: 9 miles / pm. 10 miles
Thur - am. 10 miles / pm. 10 miles
Fri - am. 6 miles / pm. 12 miles
Sat - am. 12 miles / pm. 8 miles
Sun - am. 22 miles w/3x1 miles @ tempo [5:09, 5:07, 5:05], ~7 miles easy, 2x1 miles @ tempo [5:15, 5:09], ~5 miles cool down.

Total: 134
Year to Date: 1305 (100 miles per week average since the beginning of the week!)


Running Bums said...

So 134 miles = 50 Powerbars???:)'

mfranks said...

I think I recognize some of this training. especially with the long runs...