The first week of 2008 was also the first week of my Pfitz 18/93 training plan for the Colorado Marathon on May 4th. I gotta tell ya, after a few months of just plugging along with mostly easy-paced runs and focusing on putting in miles, it felt good to actually cut loose and run a couple of times this week. Here's how it went down:
Monday - 6 miles recovery and core workout
Tuesday - 8 miles with 10x100m strides
Wednesday - 12 miles and core workout; This run gave me trouble for some reason. Ended up at about 8:36 pace, which should be easy for me, but it wasn't.
Thursday - 6 miles recovery
Friday - 10 miles; Best run I've had in a long, long time. I did it at 7:44 pace and was holding back to keep it from being any faster. Amazing what a difference a couple of days can make.
Saturday - 6 miles recovery and core workout
Sunday - 17 miles; This one started out feeling like Friday's run and because of that I ended up going out too fast and was feeling it by the end. My goal was to run this in the 8:20-8:30 min/mile range but ended up with an 8:12 avg. with the early miles hovering around 8:00.
Total - 65 miles
I also dropped 3.5 pounds this week, so so far so good on that resolution.
And, the Seahawks won on Saturday, which means I can look forward to another cardio workout while watching their next playoff game this Saturday.