Started off the week in Panama City, but made it back to LA in time for this week’s 20-miler on Saturday. It was joyous! Seriously. Read on…
Sun – 1-29-12: 30-minute powerwalk (Panama City)
Mon – 1-30-12: Weights at the gym. Had to jump back to two weight training sessions at more volume this week, because of travel logistics. And while I prefer the more frequency/less volume approach (especially during marathon training), it’s always nice to mix it up.
Tue – 1-31-12: 8 miles at a nice 9:16 pace. Funny how these 7 and 8-milers are as routine as 3-milers used to be. All of the consistent training is quantifiable, no doubt.
Wed – 2-1-12: 6 miles at an easy 9:17 pace. No problem.
Thu – 2-2-12: Weights at the gym. Another more-volume affair at “The Rock Pile,” which is another gym in Panama City where I like to train. Much more extensive gear-wise than Lords Gym (where I’ve been training). Always nice to step into a different training environment and keep the body guessing with different equipment and a new routine. Still love to hit the weights the best.
Fri – 2-3-12: Day off (Travel day back to LA)
Sat – 2-4-12: Landmark training day for me – 20 miles! 10:10 pace. Felt surprisingly good. The last four miles were all under 10 mins per. In fact, it was easier than any of the long runs I did on my own in Panama City. Ran with my main running partner Joseph and also Kasia, from our group. What a difference it seems to have made to be back with my training group.
Now don’t get me wrong; it was a long-ass run! It was almost 3 1/2 hours of straight running. And yes, I felt really spent afterward. But – today was the first day I thought I would really be able to finish a marathon. (By the way, I wore these light support sleeves on both knees this time, and I think the extra support makes a difference.)