Weekly Running Log (Week 8)

Just completed another week of training for the Nagano Marathon, which is 7 weeks away.  Overall, it was a pretty good week of training.  I did my interval training on Tuesday, but fell short of my target times.  Interval training is hard for me, I’m not naturally a fast runner over short distances, so this is my weak area – especially when I’m running them at 4:30 am right after rolling out of bed.  On the other hand, I usually do pretty well meeting my tempo runs paces and this week was no exception.  My goal this past Thursday was to run four miles at a 6:49/mile tempo pace and actually ran at 6:43/mile pace.  I just finished my 20 mile long run this week.  My goal was to run at 7:45/mile pace, but ran it at 7:32/mile pace.  So with the exception of my interval run earlier this week, I was able to exceed my training pace for the other two runs.

After today’s long run, my body feels a little beat up.  With the KettleWorX strength training routines in between my running days, it is probably a good idea to probably take it easy tomorrow and maybe do about 45 minutes of restorative yoga and get a good night sleep tonight.  As I’ve become more advanced in my running, intuitively, I know when it is time to back off and recover.

I ran a total of 34 miles this week. Click below for the Garmin GPS details of my runs.

Interval Run (7.5 miles)

Tempo Run (6 miles, 4 at tempo pace)

Long Run (20 miles)

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About runninginspired

I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.
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