- 2 speed workouts a week, usually one tempo run and one interval session
- 2 back-to-back long run weekends, with a longest long run of 28 miles
- Getting more sleep, although I did fail spectacularly at this this past weekend and am paying for it by coming down with a cold
What I've decided not to do that I normally would have done:
- A 50k training race
- Hill repeats--I had so much trouble fitting them into the schedule that I decided to hope that the hills I do in my regular runs are enough
- Taking one day a week completely off. Instead of Monday being a complete rest day, I've been doing some easy swimming, which isn't exactly stressful physically but also isn't complete rest
What I wanted to do but failed to manage:
- At least two days a week of core strength sessions. I think I managed once every other week on average--oops!
- Mile repeats. Because it kept snowing so much in March, I didn't get on the track until this past week. I ended up doing 5x1200m indoors at the Metrodome a few times, but it wasn't quite the same since my limiting factor at the Metrodome is coping with the heat rather than how fast I can run.
- Weights, to correct a strength imbalance in my hamstrings (for some reason the right one is really weak)
So we'll see what happens, but my prediction is that the flatter parts of the Fling go well, followed by a big struggle on the hills coming into Beinglas and that steep rollercoaster section through the forest coming into Auchtertyre.
This weekend, my training plan called for me to run a 10k race. We had to drive to Ohio for a wedding anyway, so we decided to head to Illinois on Friday night to visit our friends Carles and Elena, and we talked Carles into running a local trail 10k with us on Saturday morning. Elena was clearly a good-luck-inducing cheering squad, because we all had good races, and I ended up winning mine. I had to teach Carles the meaning of "sandbag" after he claimed to be completely out of shape but promptly finished 16th out of 240 overall.
Most of the course was on trails and it had enough hills to make it slow, but I was pleased because it was the first time I've felt comfortable running under 7 min miles. I averaged 7:05 miles, although in reality I didn't run any 7:05 miles; it was 6:50ish on the flats and downhills and 7:20ish on the uphills. I won an unlikely but nice combination of Mexican pottery and a Chinese figurine:
And it was sunny, dry, and perfect running weather:
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Just two more long runs and two track sessions to go, and then it will be taper time...