Saturday, March 19, 2011

Training Updates + Shoes Made to Run Boston

It was time to dive into a hard week of training:
Monday: 30 minutes rowing, 1 hour elliptical, weights & core work
Tuesday: My most interesting track workout ever:
2.5 mile warm up
2400 meters (6 laps): sectioned off to 3:45, 3:30, 3:35
600 meter recovery
2400 meters (6 laps); divided into: 3:30:3:45, 3:30 (which turned into 3:18!!)
400 meter recovery
2 x 800 meters: 3:32, 3:29 (which turned into 3:27!)
2.5 mile cooldown
9.75 miles
This was such an interesting workout because the intervals were long (1.5 miles), and you had to change your pace throughout the workout. Definitely a tough one, but very useful too.
Wednesday: 30 minutes rowing, 30 minutes elliptical, weights & core work
Thursday: Easy 6 miles
Friday: 30 minutes rowing (5200 meters rowing), weights & core work, 1 hour elliptical
Saturday: 2 mile warm-up: 8 mile tempo starting at 8:05 and getting faster and faster; 2.25 mile cooldown.
12.25 miles
Sunday: will run 16 miles
Total: 44 miles

Today's tempo was one of the shining moments of the weeks. I ended up averaging 7:22 pace even with hills - that is just about my goal half marathon pace for the National Half next week! I was pretty excited, and I know that that pace will feel easier/more exciting next week. I just got new shoes (same model - Asics 1160), but new colors: Boston colors! Aren't they beautiful?
This was after my run. I was pretty excited - I used to really stink at tempos, but in the past 2 months, I have gotten a lot better at them. I think they are harder than track workouts, but are so helpful. It was hard to push in the final miles, but I know that digging in and picking it up was the right way to go.
These shoes were just made to run well in Boston.

4 comments:

  1. Woot for Boston shoes! Won't be long now. I'm glad everything is coming together so nicely for you.

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  2. yay new shoes! great week!!!

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  3. Good work Van - the shoes are hawt too!

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  4. Great week!!! Love the shoes! Good luck on the half next week!

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