Thursday, April 26, 2012

Marathon Training (week 7)

Not much to post about in this week of review...  I guess one exciting piece of information could have been the Albuquerque "Half" marathon on Saturday.  I use that term loosely, as most of the races in Albuquerque tend to be longer or mis-marked.  This is due to the la se faire attitude that Albuquerque has towards road races.  Just show up and follow the group in front of you... although it's problematic when you are leading.  Which was the case at this race.

As to be expected, the half marathon race did not start on time, but that's a good thing as most runners are still gathering to the start and performing their pre-race shakeouts.  The race takes us through the lovely Rio Grande Valley, which are predominately Spanish style homes that weave along the old Spanish irrigation channels (Acequias).  Mubarak and I ran the entire race together, as well as the minor detour that made our 13.1 mile half marathon turn into a 13.5 mile road race.  It wasn't too much of an inconvenience as we tied and split the race earnings equally with a finishing time of 1:10:43.  Of course, I was extremely happy and pleased with the time and the fact that I got to lace up with some Brooks T6* (yes, the old red pair) racers.  And in these types of races, its always good to practice taking in nutrition, which I did, as I slugged down a PowerBar Energy Gel* with the 2x Caffeine content.

*Do you like how I plugged in my sponsors...?

The next day was a leisurely jog to aid in our recovery after running a great workout on the roads.  I promise to write something interesting for next week... The attention of having a long term substituting job this week has cut into writing time.  More to share after the weekend!

Week 7

Mon - am. 6.5 miles
Tue - am 8 miles
Wed - pm. 4x1 mile tempo, 3x1 mile tempo.  Total: 12 miles
Thur - am. 10 miles / pm. 10 miles
Fri - pm. 12 miles
Sat - am. ABQ Half Marathon [5:16, 5:08, 5:03, 5:12, 5:16, 5:13, 5:24, 10:34(2), 5:17, ??????] 13.5 miles in 1:10:43. Total: 19 miles
Sun - am. 12 miles

Total: 89.5 miles

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