I can't wait to run in the sunny Caribbean! I can't wait to swim in clear blue waters! I can't wait to celebrate my anniversary! And believe it or not, I can't wait to celebrate my entry into the masters age group!
Step-down week is going well with a Jillian Michaels core workout & easy bike commute yesterday followed by an easy 3 mile run this morning and strength work tonight. This week will bring me two 7-mi runs and hopefully more cross training before we fly out.
As I take note of my current training and fitness, I thought it would be interesting to look back on what I was doing at this stage of marathon training in 2011 when I was following the much more intense Furman FIRST / Run Less, Run Faster program.
With 9 weeks left to train, I had already completed one of three 20-mile runs!
The week of April 25, 2011 also was a step-down week for me in the Furman FIRST program. I had modified this week to accommodate running the Indy Mini Marathon the following weekend. This is how the "taper" week went...
- Monday: 30 min lap swim + bike commute
- Tuesday: Treadmill intervals - 1 mi warm-up, 5 x 1,000m repeats @ 7:16-7:23 min/mile pace with 400m rest interval, 1 mi cool-down + bike commute
- Wednesday: Rest day + found out I didn't get into the NYC marathon
- Thursday: Bike commute
- Friday: 5 mi tempo @ 7:48 pace
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: 8.2 mi long run @ 8:08 pace
The following week involved additional taper then I raced the Indy Mini.
QUITE A CONTRAST in intensity. I miss it but am hoping that my more relaxed training will keep me off the injured list.
I hope everyone else's winter training is going well!