Monday, March 3, 2008


Finally, I've managed to string together a couple of good, illness free, weeks (knock on wood). Coincidentally (or maybe not?) we are starting so see some signs of spring around here. It was in the upper 40s and lower 50s for a few days last week and the high on Saturday was around 70. It wasn't nearly as nice on Sunday, but also not nearly as bad as a few weeks ago. The fact that I haven't had to run on the indoor track for a couple of weeks is a good indicator that things are improving.

Monday - 6 miles recovery in the morning and another 4 in the afternoon.

Tuesday - repeat of Monday

Wednesday - 15.1 easy miles in the morning and 4 recovery in the afternoon

Thursday - 13 miles easy

Friday - 7 miles recovery with 6x100m strides

Saturday - 16 miles with the last 12 at marathon pace. I wanted to run this workout on a downhill course to simulate the Colorado Marathon course, but the logistics didn't work out this time so I ran it on my regular rolling long run course instead. Ended up averaging 7:09/mile for the last 12, which is 4 seconds faster than my goal MP. It wasn't necessarily easy, but it got done. I ran this long run a day early to take advantage of the nice was 30-40 degrees cooler and the wind was blowing 20-30 mph by Sunday.

Sunday - 6 miles recovery in the morning and another 4 in the afternoon. I actually split the afternoon 4 into two runs so that I could take each of my dogs for a couple of miles (taking them both at once would just be a recipe for disaster or, if you were a bystander, comedy).

Total - 85.1 miles

I had hoped that the scale would read sub-200 this weekend but when I stepped on it on Saturday morning it was showing 200.4. Damn! But, you can't really complain too much about a 2.4 pound loss, so I guess I'll live with it in the knowledge that I'll hit one-ninety-something this week.


jen said...

Great mileage Chris! And great pace on the long run- smokin'. You seem to enjoy the two-a-days, I suppose it's essential to getting 80+ miles in each week. I wouldn't mind it except all the showering. :P

Keep up the good work and hope you get even more signs of spring! :)

Chris said...

I only shower once a week, whether I need it or not! :)

The doubles are nice because you end up racking up good mileage but it doesn't really feel like it because most of the time you're only running 6 or 4 miles at a time. Obviously, that Pfitz guy likes em, because he schedules a lot of em.