Splits-topia … final countdown to Redemption Run 2012

Coming off reading Coach Jay’s take on training at race pace, (if you missed it go here)  and my already very firm buy-in to the practice the way you want to perform philosophy, I am both feeling encouraged, and disheartened by the week I have had.

I am certain that no one really wants to look over my training run mile splits, but it’s something I manage to sink a substantial amount of time into. And I really need to get out of my head this week, and just focus on staying confident and ready to murder The Qualifier Marathon. So, I am going to data dump my last three runs here, and move on. Enjoy! (or don’t, whatever, I’m trying to be more “breezy”)

Speedwork on Wednesday night , as seen below (yes, I warmed up…but didn’t have the Garmin on, also there were a bunch of strides at the end, would have been a hassle to start/stop/start/stop…) went quite well. Six  textbook 800’s. I am thrilled I was able to pull off such consistent  and slightly progressive splits.

I am completely freaked out, however, but how sore my calves were after (strike that, they still are)! I guess I know what I need to work on this summer.

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 25:02.1 3.83 6:32
1 3:04.2 0.50 6:11
2 3:03.0 0.50 6:04
3 3:02.0 0.50 6:04
4 3:01.3 0.50 6:00
5 3:01.1 0.50 6:02
6 3:00.7 0.50 6:02
7 6:49.9 0.83 8:12

It’s unbelievable, my calves are STILL really tender today. I managed to run 6 miles with 4 around marathon goal pace (MGP) the following morning, but it was kind of a battle:

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 45:58.3 6.15 7:29
1 7:41.4 1.00 7:41
2 7:21.3 1.00 7:21
3 7:13.1 1.00 7:13
4 7:14.1 1.00 7:14
5 7:20.3 1.00 7:20
6 7:56.9 1.00 7:57
7 1:11.2 0.15 7:53

I didn’t run on Friday, and this morning ran with my friends who are going to the marathon in Midland, Michigan next weekend. I figure this was my last real workout before the race:

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 59:43.7 8.09 7:23
1 7:52.2 1.00 7:52
2 7:02.4 1.00 7:03
3 7:22.4 1.00 7:23
4 7:07.4 1.00 7:07
5 7:13.1 1.00 7:13
6 7:18.1 1.00 7:18
7 7:26.3 1.00 7:26
8 7:33.1 1.00 7:33
9 :48.7 0.10 8:24

I don’t have a solid plan for the next week, but I think it’s going to include minimal running, some yoga, lots of water, clean eating, and hopefully adequate sleep.

If you’ve read this far, I have to say…thanks for your support! Nerd.

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