|"Coach" Joe and I after the Austin Livestrong Marathon|
~Cross training day~
Last marathon training cycle I didn't do much cross training. My goal is to make sure to include it during this cycle so I was off to the gym bright and early for spin class. Two of my neighbors joined me for class which was awesome! One just so happens to be a spin instructor so I had asked her if she would come to a couple different classes and let me know which she thinks would work best for me. I would go to her class but alas I am not a member where she teaches. Perhaps we just need to set up spin bikes in her basement!! The music could have been better but overall it was a good class.
~4 miles at marathon pace~
My anticipated marathon pace at the moment is right around 9:40-9:43/mile. I had a bit of a hard time keeping my marathon pace yesterday. The problem was I was running too fast. Ever since the marathon I have just been running "whatever pace feels right." Of course this kind of backfired yesterday as my "whatever pace feels right" had been faster than anticipated marathon pace. I know I will get into my pace groove eventually, it just may take a few weeks.
~6/2 tempo run~
The plan for today was to be a 2 mile warm-up, followed by 2 tempo miles between 8:40-8:50, and finishing up with a 2 mile cool-down. I was supposed to run the warm-up and cool down portion around 10:15-10:20. Of course due to my recent "whatever feels right pace", I had a hard time slowing down to 10:15-10:20. I do have to say I was impressed with my tempo miles at 8:48 and 8:46 respectively. I'm working on slowing it down a bit for marathon goal pace training! I promise I really am Coach Joe.
I would have to say the first three days have gone pretty smoothly. We shall see what the rest of the week brings. I know one thing for sure, Sunday morning will bring my first long run of the training cycle with some great friends! Looking forward to it Mellisa and Deb!
|Mellisa, Deb and I during our final long run prior to the Cleveland Marathon|