Running Recap: Week of 8/10/2009 – 8/16/2009

This was another stressful week work-wise, but on the running front, I stuck to the plan and got all my runs in.  It felt great to be finished with my weekly mileage early Saturday morning and I relished a Saturday night out and a relaxed Sunday around the house (except for the lawn mowing – that was a couple weeks overdue).  I recalled this week that I used to be quite the handyman before I started running.  I used to spend my weekends on woodworking and home improvement projects.  Now, I do a long run on Saturday morning and I’m pretty lazy the rest of the weekend.  Except for the shoes, it’s saving us money.  Anyway, here’s how the week went:

Monday AM: 1200,800 and 400 m intervals for 8 miles

Monday PM: 4 miles with Alice at 9:38 pace

Tuesday AM: 3 miles at 8:21 pace + full body strength training

Tuesday PM: 4 miles with Alice at 11:29 pace

Wednesday AM: 5 mile fartlek run at the beach (supposed to be tempo)

Wednesday PM: 4 miles with Alice at 10:23 pace

Thursday AM: 3.5 miles at 8:24 pace

Thursday PM: 4 miles with Alice at 9:51 pace

Friday AM: 8×400 m in 86 s for 6 miles

Friday PM: 3.5 miles at 8:25 pace

Saturday AM: 15 miles at 9:26 pace

Total: 60 miles

Since Richie is in Mexico and I knew I wouldn’t have to try to keep up with him on the long run Saturday, I put in 3 quality runs this week.  It certainly had an effect on Saturday’s long run.  The intervals on Friday went quite well.  I hit all 8 400’s in 86s and jogged in between.  I started Saturday morning off a little stiff for the first half mile, but everything worked itself out and I was in a pretty good groove after that.  I was even cruising along at 7:30 pace around mile 10.  Somewhere around mile 12, I had some intestinal distress (I guess in Richie’s absence, it hit me instead), and had to make a pit stop at a park just before the 13 mile mark.  After that, I was in pretty bad shape.  I felt short of breath and finished the last 2 miles in a walk/run.  I must have been exhausted because I fell asleep in the ice bath and that’s pretty hard to do.

Still, I finished the 60 miles and it’s the first time I’ve done that since before Christmas.  I’m up to 66 miles this week and that’s uncharted territory.  Also, summer camp with daddy is over for Alice.  She starts cross country practice tomorrow.  I can’t wait to hang out at the meets.  I kind of enjoy the excitement of the race without the pressure of racing myself.


  1. Great job on the miles and good luck this week with the increase to 66. I think you are definitely getting stronger at the track! Keep up the great work!

  2. nice week! and with a day off, can’t complain. you’ve really been attacking the miles well these past few months.

    glad you got hit by the #2 distress too since you were a little arrogant last week 😉 (this means i will have it even worse this week i’m sure, karma) haha.

  3. Really nice week. I think I once commented on Alice being your wife.. but looks like she’s your daughter? haha, woops.

    Seeing the average mileage you put in during the week and then your long run on the weekend up to 10 miles, it gives me motivation to push even longer on Saturdays. Thanks for the push! And agreed.. long runs steal my energy for the rest of the day!

  4. Wow, nice work on the 60 mile week! That’s a great accomplishment. I hope for good things for you so you can claim that 66-mile mark this week.

    Thanks for the advice on the 1200 workout…I’ve never done that distance for speed before. Do you think you’ll be doing that type of speedwork in the near future? Let me know and I’ll do them with you! well, on my own, but you get what I mean.

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