Two weeks out from official training, and I’m getting excited. I put my training plan into a Google Calendar today, and while it isn’t 100% set in stone (we have a few trips/visitors to plan around), it’s my plan, and it’s going to be my life for the 17 weeks before the big day. If you want to take a look, click here. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have advice or suggestions for my training!
This week was a good week: 9’11” tempo run and 55 Nacktschneke (pictures included!). We bought a bike-mounted computer thingy and used the holiday on Thursday (Fronleichnam) to start determining distances in Stadtwald Giessen. It’s nice knowing how far you’ve been running, and it will make me sleep easier about the marathon training, too.
Monday, 19 May 2008
run type: tempo run
route: After a 6-minute warm up, we started the tempo run on the far side of the railroad and made a large loop around Justus-Liebig.
distance: 2.22 for a pace of 9’11”!
additional notes: Man, I cannot believe how not hard this was. I don’t want to say that it was “easy,” because it wasn’t, but it wasn’t killer either. I think I’m getting faster. Which reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw on a car everyday when I parked in lot 24 at Missouri State:
It doesn’t get easier. You get faster.
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
run type: Training run
route: All the way to the end of Stadtwald Giessen and back, just like last Monday.
distance: 4.4 miles
additional notes: Awesome run! We made it to the turn-around point in 26’22” and then back in 22’24”! We really hoofed it on the return trip, and even though I was exhausted when it was over, I did it. Shortly after we turned around, I really felt like I was in The Zone. It lasted for quite a while, and it was amazing. Then something happened. Read about it here, in my Twiterature.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
run type:10k Training run
route: Out to the 2-mile marker, back to the 1-mile marker, back to 2, then to start, turn around and run the 0.25 miles to the bridge.feeling: :)
distance: 10k/6.2 miles
additional notes: Good run! The hills are still killer, but the run was good. We biked 8 to 10 miles as we tried to fill in our map of the Stadtwald. As soon as we’ve got it finished, I’ll post it.
Sunday, 25 May 2008
run type:Recovery run
route: Out to the 2-mile marker and back
distance: 4 miles
additional notes: I took it nice and slow. I pushed three times, but over all, I just focused on running and… counting rust-colored Nacktschnecke (“nahkt-shnehkuh,” or slugs; the German literally means “naked snails”)! I saw 55 of them today, plus three snail. A little distracted? Maybe. Was that a problem? Not on a recovery run. :)
Total Weekly Time: 3h8m
Total Weekly Distance: 16.86 miles (according to LogYourRun