Go To Workout

For many runners, we’re closing in on peak training, or getting set to taper for a Spring Marathon (unless you ran Boston). As we all know, long runs are the staple in any marathon training plan.

Personally, I hit my longest run 4 weeks out from my marathon date. And followed that run up with a Half the next day. A little different than what I did for Twin Cities, so we’ll see how that goes.

But this post is not about the long run. It’s about that one workout everyone has in their training plan. The one that is probably the hardest that you’ll do. The one that lets you know if you are ready for 26.2.

For me, that workout was last night. Again, a little later than Twin Cities training. But with the La Jolla Half this weekend, and a week of travel for work coming up, I didn’t want to pound my legs less than two weeks away. Freshness is the key for me.

I hate going to the track. But this particular workout is clutch. I get about 3.5 miles of work and (depending on warmup and cooldown) somewhere between 7-8 miles total. Last time I ran this it was in a thunderstorm, and last night was into a fierce headwind on the back stretch of the track.

I managed to hit paces that I was happy with, and that’s what really matters. With that workout in, my last hardest thing will be attacking the hills at the La Jolla Half this weekend. From there, I’ll have one or two trips to my friends at the November Project, and it’ll be all taper from there.

So what is your go to workout? Do you hit the track? Hills? Or do you knock it out on the roads?

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Back at It

I think last time I wrote that I was going to be more consistent with this blog I ended up writing a solid two weeks before falling off the wagon. I guess that happens when six people leave your office in a month and you have to pick up that slack.

So I’m back. Again. And I have a lot to catch up on!

The last post I had was at the end of December. So I guess it’s time for some updates from what I said I had coming up in early 2017. All of these will be on my Race Recaps page as well, so check that out!

Overall, training has been going very well. No injuries (knock on wood), and I’ve been very consistent with training and cross training. Not so much with lifting this cycle, unfortunately. But my mileage is up from what I prepped for Twin Cities, which mentally is great!

The first race of 2017 was the 5k edition of the Ice Breaker Indoor Marathon in Milwaukee. An indoor 5k on a 440 meter, three lane track. That’s not a typo. I was also coming off a bout with the flu heading into this race. So I definitely was not optimally trained. I dropped a 19:33, which was far from my best. But it was good enough for 11th place, and considering I wasn’t 100% for this race, I would take it.

Next up was my long awaited return to the Frozen Feet Half up in Minnesota. Unfortunately, with the mild winter we had in the midwest, it wasn’t so frozen. Instead of single track, we had to run multiple loops on the bike path in the park. To add to that, the night before it had rained and froze, meaning that the path was coated in ice. Brutal. Ran almost an identical time to what I posted last year,  in what I thought were much worse conditions, so that wasn’t the worst, but still not a great race for me.

March was a big month as I signed up, on a whim, for the Leprechaun Chase 10k. I was excited to run my first 10k since July, and was curious to see how my pacing at quicker speeds would work out. Turns out, ice would curtail my race plans again. With the amount of ice on the path around the lake, the race made the decision to run a 5k instead of a 10k. So a surprise 5k it was! My race was much more in line with a normal 5k for me, especially at that point in my training. I’m still a little salty about having to run a 5k, though.

That takes us to the big bad Music City Trail Ultra (a 50k) that was the next weekend. This race billed itself as one of the hardest ultras in the area, and it did not disappoint. Long steep climbs, technical trails, and all the stream crossings you could want were featured here. It was a race in which only about five people per year go under 6 hours, and that held true this year as well with only six finishers (including yours truly) coming in under 6.

And that brings us to April. The other weekend I signed up for a spur of the moment half which I ran the day after a 24 mile long run. Woof. My legs haven’t been that uncomfortable in a Half in a long time. But notching a 7:05 pace was more than fine in that situation. This next weekend I’m opting in for the La Jolla Half, which I ran in 2015 as well. It marks my last long(ish) training run before the Lincoln Marathon.

So here we go! Almost marathon time!!