Monday, March 21, 2011

Week 6 ~ The Countdown Begins

This week was fun in that it counts towards the Cupcake Marathon.  I usually don't do things like this, but I thought "Hey, when are you ever going to do one for realz...never?  Then get out there and take a week (plus) to get your miles in girl!"  I can't even say I've completed the full 26.2 yet, but I'm almost  Here's the week...

Tues ~ 5 miles sub 9
Actual ~ 5 miles @ 8:29P

I'm really starting to enjoy these workouts.  It doesn't hurt that the weather is letting up, and on this particular day the winds were practically non existent.

Splits  8:38, 8:23, 8:24, 8:28, 8:37

Thursday ~ 5 miles Easy
Actual ~ 5 miles @ 9:10P

Another great day to run....and I can tell that all of those "fair weather" runners are starting to emerge from their wintry hiatuses.  It's always so inspiring to see so many people out enjoying the river trail.

Splits  9:03, 9:15, 9:04, 9:28, 9:06

Saturday ~ 10-12 Miles Easy
Actual ~ 12 Miles @ 9:43P

 I'm surely snaking a fellow runner's term for this run...but I'm sure she will read this and know where I'm going with it....I "butterflied" my way around MSU's campus for this one.  I have never (and I'm embarrassed to admit that) ran on or around that part of the river trail outside a 5k race, so I took to this workout with an open mind.   I didn't look at my Garmin or stop it at anytime for crosswalks or gu sessions, as the ultimate goal was to feel good after the run.  The accomplishment in and of itself to reach a mileage I never dreamed of before made the run that much better.

Splits  9:36, 9:33, 9:49, 9:38, 9:32, 9:55, 9:35, 9:45, 10:07, 9:30, 9:42, 10:00

Weekly Total:  22.1

Well this week was a major motivator.  After my disastrous 11 miler a few weekends ago, I was excited and nervous to get back out there and tackle the 12 miler Saturday.  I'm so glad it felt as good as expected, as it made the half next weekend feel more  real.  It's taper time!!  I can't believe that I can actually say...The Martian Half-Marathon is NEXT SATURDAY!!


Jen B.

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  1. Way to go this week! Nice runs all around. I am LOVING the weather, although winter is coming back to these parts tonight. Booo!

    Thanks for the shout-out/link!!

  2. Um how about you get your own material! GEES!!!!! LOL! J/K Everyone needs a good butterfly run now and then to switch things up! :)

  3. Great week lady! Keep it up and you'll be doing a "real" marathon before you know it. ;)