|The Famous Boston Marathon Course|
This week was a great week, when compared to last week. I had a whooping 52 miles the previous week, since I was sick and took 2 days off, and came back slowly. So, I finally feel like a "real" runner and completed a decent mileage week while racing in Boulder, CO for the USA Cross Country Championships. I had one "speed" session on Wednesday, which wasn't that fast. I'm not completely sure why I ran so slow, but I got the volume in - 8x1000m with 200m recovery jog. I only averaged 3:09 (which probably was the slowest I've ever run that workout in), but I might've felt slow because it was so early in the morning. I started warming up at 4:45am, and did some light drills and started the first interval at around 5:15am. It was pretty dark at Highland High School, but the street lights and permaglo helped a little bit. I think I haven't started a workout that early in awhile, so it was a little shock for me. After a few more weeks, I'll feel more comfortable running that early again. Besides, it's getting lighter, earlier as well...
So training and racing looked a little like this:
Mon - pm. 8 miles
Tue - am. 4 miles / pm. 12 miles
Wed - am. 2 mile warm-up 8x1000m (3:11, 3:08, 3:09, 3:08,
Thur - pm. Strength training + 8 miles
Fri - am. 6 miles