Indy Monumental: Week 8, Day 4 - Easy 7 - 7 miles in 56:48 (8:07 pace)

I thought I would include a little Throwback Thursday picture to spice up my run for today.  This is my 5th grade basketball pic, which means I am all of 10 years old here.  Obviously, I was beating the ladies off with a stick back in the day.

As for the run, it was hot.  Disgustingly, hot.  My GPS was all over the place.  My right quad has felt like it wants to cramp on the last two runs, so I’ll be doing some maintenance on that tonight.  

That’s all I’ve got.

Indy Monumental: Week 8, Day 3 - Tempo 7 (6:45 goal)
Warm - 1 mile
6:46.8
6:47.4
6:48.7
6:44.6
6:48.1
6:48.3
6:34.5
Cool - 1 mile
Tempo pace - 6:45.5 pace 
I thought about using every excuse imaginable not to do this run.  Granted, a few of them were legitimate.  I have a horrible headache and it’s 85 degrees outside being the main two, but this run had to happen.  
This was the run that I failed last year in training and I really needed to beat down that mental barrier.  I thought I was defeated during mile 6, but I finally found that extra gear for the last mile.  
I still have 35 miles left this week.  Luckily, they are all “easy” miles and at least 10 of them will hopefully be with @irlamy.   

Indy Monumental: Week 8, Day 3 - Tempo 7 (6:45 goal)

Warm - 1 mile

  1. 6:46.8
  2. 6:47.4
  3. 6:48.7
  4. 6:44.6
  5. 6:48.1
  6. 6:48.3
  7. 6:34.5

Cool - 1 mile

Tempo pace - 6:45.5 pace 

I thought about using every excuse imaginable not to do this run.  Granted, a few of them were legitimate.  I have a horrible headache and it’s 85 degrees outside being the main two, but this run had to happen.  

This was the run that I failed last year in training and I really needed to beat down that mental barrier.  I thought I was defeated during mile 6, but I finally found that extra gear for the last mile.  

I still have 35 miles left this week.  Luckily, they are all “easy” miles and at least 10 of them will hopefully be with @irlamy.   

Indy Monumental: Week 8, Day 2 - Rest Day Roundup
Through 7 weeks and 1 day, 331.28 miles down.  Around 600 to go.
My weight is basically right where I started 7 weeks ago.  I eat a lot of processed junk.  I keep telling myself, “Oh, you still have x amount of weeks until the race.  You’ll be able to reign it in later.”  Well, it’s later.  Reign it in, dude.
I failed my August goal of no ice cream.  I’ve had it the last two nights.  I should probably cut that out.  
I’ve got the itch to race, but I don’t really want to mess with my training schedule.  I also don’t want to pay for a race entry.
Summer weather is back.  Getting acclimated should be a dandy time.  
I have plugged the site before, but I really like it so I’ll do it again.  If you are an athlete that competes/races, you should look into Athlinks.com.  It’s a database of race times and has some pretty neat features.  My profile is here.
I’m going to try and blog more (You know, because I haven’t said that before).

Indy Monumental: Week 8, Day 2 - Rest Day Roundup

  • Through 7 weeks and 1 day, 331.28 miles down.  Around 600 to go.
  • My weight is basically right where I started 7 weeks ago.  I eat a lot of processed junk.  I keep telling myself, “Oh, you still have x amount of weeks until the race.  You’ll be able to reign it in later.”  Well, it’s later.  Reign it in, dude.
  • I failed my August goal of no ice cream.  I’ve had it the last two nights.  I should probably cut that out.  
  • I’ve got the itch to race, but I don’t really want to mess with my training schedule.  I also don’t want to pay for a race entry.
  • Summer weather is back.  Getting acclimated should be a dandy time.  
  • I have plugged the site before, but I really like it so I’ll do it again.  If you are an athlete that competes/races, you should look into Athlinks.com.  It’s a database of race times and has some pretty neat features.  My profile is here.
  • I’m going to try and blog more (You know, because I haven’t said that before).

Indy Monumental: Week 8, Day 1 - 3 x 1 mile (6:05 pace) (600 recovery)

Warm - 2 miles (9:17 pace)

  1. 5:59.8
  2. 6:04.7
  3. 6:10.9

Cool - 1 mile (9:09 pace)

Average speed pace: 6:05

Total - 7.11 miles

That is the face you make when you are expecting to see 70’s on your weather app and see 89 degrees instead.  I knew I was screwed before this workout even started. However, It’s done.  I would have much rather ran negative splits or at least been more consistent, but it’ll work.

On to the next day.  I guess I should start considering mornings for the more difficult workouts again.

Indy Monumental: Week 7 - 54 miles
Pretty high mileage week, but most of them are from here on out.
I’ve all but accepted that my marathon time from last year isn’t going to be good enough for Boston this year.  I’ll just use that as motivation to leave no doubt with my time this year.  Extra motivation is never a bad thing.
Week 8 (8/18 - 8/24):
Monday - 3 x 1600 (6:05 pace) (600 recovery)
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - Tempo 7 (6:45 pace)
Thursday - Easy 7 miles
Friday - Easy 10 miles
Saturday - Easy 10 miles
Sunday - Easy 8 miles
Just under 76 days to Race Day.

Indy Monumental: Week 7 - 54 miles

Pretty high mileage week, but most of them are from here on out.

I’ve all but accepted that my marathon time from last year isn’t going to be good enough for Boston this year.  I’ll just use that as motivation to leave no doubt with my time this year.  Extra motivation is never a bad thing.

Week 8 (8/18 - 8/24):

  • Monday - 3 x 1600 (6:05 pace) (600 recovery)
  • Tuesday - Rest
  • Wednesday - Tempo 7 (6:45 pace)
  • Thursday - Easy 7 miles
  • Friday - Easy 10 miles
  • Saturday - Easy 10 miles
  • Sunday - Easy 8 miles

Just under 76 days to Race Day.

Indy Monumental: Week 7 Day 6 - Long 14 (Moderate pace 7:20 - 7:30)

I fueled last night with a pizza, per usual.  I also ran 7 miles last night (8:06 pace) that I didn’t post about.  

Anyway, today I ran 15 (.5 warm, 14 at 7:24 pace, .5 cool).  I ran on a different path about 25 minutes from my apartment.  I just did an out and back.  It rained the entire time.  Seems to be the theme this summer.

My buddy, who is also training for Monumental using the Hanson’s plan, met me with about 6 miles to go.  He was doing 16 miles today.  He’s doing even more weekly mileage than I am.  He cut 30 minutes off his marathon time last year and is looking to BQ this year.  He’s a beast.

So, now I need to shower and then watch Boy Meets World for the rest of the day. 

Indy Monumental: Week 7, Day 4 - Tempo 7 (6:45 goal)

Warm - 8:54

  1. 6:45
  2. 6:46
  3. 6:44
  4. 6:44
  5. 6:44
  6. 6:47
  7. 6:45

Cool - 8:48

Tempo pace - 6:45

This was tough in 81 degree weather.  There was a slight breeze and I actually took water for a change, so that was nice.  

I’ve been doing all my tempo runs wearing this tank top/singlet/whatever because I plan on wearing it during the race. Overly prepared?  Probably.

These shoes now have almost 370 miles on them.  I started to feel the road a little more today, so apparently the cushioning is starting to go.  The plan is to get through August in these.  They should be fine.

Eating is still horrendous.  Lifting/cross is nonexistent.  If I ever get the running, lifting and eating going together at the same time, I’d be dangerous.  

Working to get better.  #BeMonumental #Run #TBT

Working to get better. #BeMonumental #Run #TBT

Indy Monumental: Week 7, Day 2 - Speed Work (“The Ladder”) (400 recovery)

Distance - Goal time/Actual Time

  • Warm 2 miles - 9:15 pace
  • 400 - 1:30/1:28
  • 800 - 3:02/2:57
  • 1200 - 4:31/4:30
  • 1600 - 6:05/6:06
  • 1200 - 4:31/4:30
  • 800 - 3:02/3:00
  • 400 - 1:30/1:25
  • Cool - 1 mile (8:59)
  • Total - 8.75 miles

I technically missed my 1600 by one second.  Stupid one second.  The rest of the workout felt about as good as a speed workout can feel.

The wind was pretty strong today, but the temperature was perfect.  After running about 58 miles in the last 7 days, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day.  

See what I did what that picture?  Yeah, you do.

Indy Monumental: Week 7, Day 1 - Easy 8 miles

Due to a Motion Sickness pill hangover and a 3.5 hour drive this morning, I wasn’t feeling up to speed work today. I did an “easy” 8 instead.

Tomorrow = “The Ladder.” Dun, dun, dun.

Amy bought me Patagonia running shorts for my upcoming bday (because she’s awesome) and I really like them. The only weird thing about them is that they wick the sweat to the back as opposed to the front like most of my Nike shorts seem to do.

On one hand, less chaffing. On the other hand, more checking for damage as I run, if you know what I mean.

Running….where “Uh oh, did I poop?” is a legitimate question.