Beginning of 20-week training
The past week was the last week of the 5-week Pre-Training period. And I was scheduled to end it with the last 8 mile run. Instead I did a strenuous 18 plus mile San Gorgonio hike via Vivian Creek past Saturday. Mother nature was very kind to us and once again I was on cloud nine. After the hike, however, many parts of my body were quite sore (and I blame it on irregular strength training), and I concluded that rest would do my body good, so I decided to take yesterday (Sunday) off.
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And I made up for it today. As you can see, I actually ran 3.11 miles last Monday to cover Saturday’s mileage because I knew I would not be able to run due to the hike. So, I only really skipped yesterday’s 8 mile run. And with the 8 mile run earlier tonight, technically I am not too far off the schedule.
I gotta say though it was a quite windy and chilly night to run. The wind was blowing at 8 MPH SW when I started running and it never calmed down.
However, what’s important is that I felt pretty good. Of course, my 8 mile route always covers a few hilly parts of the street, so it was quite challenging to keep up with the pace – 6:54 min/mi. However, I knew the rest would help me recover from the fatigue, built up from the entire week of running and the long hike, quite a bit.
I really liked the fact that I was able to keep most of my per mile paces under 7 minutes. Of course, this is part of endurance building, and it should get better over time. I believe that the next 20-week training will eventually help me accomplish my goal – under 3 hours, which is a 6:50 min/mi pace.
And tomorrow I am going back to the gym for the core and strength workouts, followed by a 4 mile run in the evening.
One day at a time.
One week at a time.
How was your Easter weekend? Were you able to stick to the weekend runs? How is your pace coming along?
Thanks for reading.