California poppies are out!
Week 6 Summary
A 50+ mile week! This is only the fourth time in my life I've hit 50+..all the previous times were back in 2009 and were slower: 9:36, 9:47, 10:07 average paces for the week.
This time we had a set of Yassos: 10x800 @ 7:30 m/m. The weekend had a huge 'sandwich' of 10@MP and 20 @ 9:41. How was it to run 30 miles in 2 days? Read on!
Cumulative BPM and Pace comparisons with CIM and Eugene
First CIM vs Tac. Note that we have about 170 miles of running left before TAC! So we will be way ahead of CIM mileages. We have yet to do our 13.1 time trial also. So I think the pace bars will all be strong vs CIM
Eugene was a short buildup (recovery from post CIM terrible AT and holidays shorted the time available). I've already run as many miles as Eugene with 5 weeks to go!
I think by the end of this cycle we should be well positioned. The trick is to not over-train! This coming week will be a step back with prep for the Santa Cruz half.
Week 6 Details
Tuesday I was still a bit tired from the weekend and so did 5-ish miles at slow base.
Wednesday I was recovered and ready to do some speedwork. I jogged 2 miles to Paly and did a full set of "Yassos" : 10 x 800m @ 3:45 (7:30 m/m) with 400m recovery.
I punched the watch for the splits based on laps. I haven't printed the times but I was shooting for 3:45 = 225 seconds per 800 and that's what I hit. This is a 7:30 pace but the GPS credits me for a bit faster.
I did this without too much trouble...see that the cadences stayed at 91/92 for all of them. It did take a while. During the early laps of the run some high school kids came out to do some kind of stretching and an anemic lap or two of running ;).. I tried to stay out of their way.
I ran this in my Kinvara 3s...it's going well breaking my legs into to running in them. I'm convinced they are worth a couple of minutes at least in a marathon.
Thu I was pretty tired from the Yassos, and also wanting to be strong for the weekends back to back 10 + 20, so I took a recovery run:
Saturday a cloudy sky with a threat of showers...but hey, Tacoma has a good chance of rain on race day so who cares? 8) The plan was to run 10 miles at MP and this is what I did. I felt very relaxed and easy the whole time, doing my 2:4 breathing the whole time. (in for 2 steps, out on 4 steps).
This run ended being my 3rd most efficient 10 miler ever. 8:48 pace at 128 bpm is really really good for me. The other two uber efficient 10 milers also happened in 2009. No cardiac drift at all during this run.
Tomorrow is a big day: my first of two 20 milers. There is nothing like a good long run to boost your confidence (or a bad one to demolish you 8/ ). These back-to-back MP and then long runs are part of Hal Higdon's training philosophy, and I think if you can work up to 10 @ MP followed by 20 @ MP +30s to 45s that is really good for race day.
The weather looks even more like rain: 70% chance. But I will be out there rain or shine.
Later in the day I went out with friends and ended up playing Bocce and then Frisbee for a couple of hours. Hmmm. Maybe not such a hot idea before a 20? Is it keeping my legs loosened up or wearing me out for tomorrow or both? I will find out...
The forecast of rain was a bust: it was sunny and 55F in the morning, with a 5-10mph breeze.....I decided on a 9:30 pace and if I was lucky enough to get to mile 15 feeling strong I could try a fast finish.
That did NOT happen. For the first 10 miles I did fine and felt good (HR strap wigged out for a while during laps 7 and 8) but I could tell my legs were tired from yesterday. It felt like I was already 5+ miles further into the run than I really was.
Of course that is kind of the point of sandwich runs.
At mile 12 I ran into Toni going the other direction on the Baylands trail I knew she'd be on. She ended up doing her 8 miles of fast walking just as planned...no Morton's neuroma problems with the toe-taping still...knock wood! I should have taking a picture but I was already too tired for only mile 12 and was worried about putting in another 8 miles ..OY!
My legs lost more and more of their 'starch' and I gradually slowed down. It's not a fun feeling and requires lots of mental effort to keep going at all.
I think I've reached the limit of what I can do with this weeks experience. On my next 20 miler I will do only 5 miles of MP the day before...10 was clearly just too much. (The Bocce and Frisbee not a great idea either).
But I survived it. No injuries or niggles still! (again, knock wood!).
On to week 5! Santa Cruz half marathon next Sunday!