Well, as I mentioned earlier, Week 1 of marathon training blew chunks thanks in large part to a boss that has gone completely off the deep end. If I don't kill him by the end of the month, we'll both be lucky.
So, here was the schedule and the results for Week 1:
Monday - Rest. Success! I always manage the rest days. Go figure.
Tuesday - 3.0 miles. Did not do. I let work get in the way.
Wednesday - Rest. Success!
Thursday - 4.0 miles. Did not do. Again, work.
Friday - 3.0 miles. And ditto. Stupid gainful employment.
Saturday - Rest. Success! If I could just rest my way to the marathon, I would do awesome.
Sunday - 5.0 miles. Surprise -- success! I had a great time doing 6.39 miles of the Terwilliger hills with Jules and Nikki.
Total scheduled mileage: 15.
Total actual mileage: 6.39.
Week 2 is supposed to be the same except that the long run is six miles. However, the Shamrock 15K is on Sunday -- 9.3 miles for you playing the American version of the home game. I don't think I should go from 6.39 miles to 19.3 miles in one week. It seems just a tad over the 10% rule, n'est-ce pas? Here's what I plan instead:
Monday - Rest.
Tuesday - 3.0 miles. Done!
Wednesday - Rest.
Thursday or Friday - 3.0 miles. At this rate, I'm going to be at the office all night so it's dealer's choice.
Saturday - Rest.
Sunday - 9.3 miles, aka the Shamrock 15K.
Total scheduled mileage: 12.3. That looks better.
I did do my Tuesday run as scheduled, although it was in the evening which I'm not fond of doing. I find it easier to run when I'm not really awake. However, I rocked this run -- did an average 12:07 minute/mile for a total run time of just over 36 minutes, which is one of the faster training runs I've done. I tend to go easier in training runs, which results in little improvement in race times. Heck, I would've been happy with this as a race time. The last half mile was a bitch to pull out; it was hot and stuffy up on the running track at the gym and I've been doing cold weather runs for the past six months. But I just kept telling myself that the faster I did it then the faster I would be done (amazing logic, yeah?). I also came up with a new running mantra. That I have since forgotten. Oh well, I'm sure it will come to me the next time I run.
Well, back to the proverbial grindstone. My plan to take the whole weekend off from work is almost certainly not going to materialize. Bleargh.