Sunday, March 14, 2010

Make these old bones shiver



Ok, some of you may have noticed my blog post titles are song lyrics. I come by them in different ways. Today, this song was playing when I got home from my run. I think only once before have I actually included the song in my post. This song gets special treatment because I LOVE THROWING MUSES and it reminds me of 2 old and dear friends, Tracy and Beau. So this is for you guys.

Now on to my week in running!!!! THis is the big week, the bulk week. The week that may kill me. Ok, that's a bit much. It is, or was, however, my highest milage week of the cycle. 48.2 Yes, I know, not breaking any milage records here. Not even close to the 60 mile week I peaked with getting ready for NJ. Not even the 55 miles that Pfitz calls for for this week. But like I've been doing all along this time around, I'm modifying. And I'm running really well so I'm not worried about it. I do think it is enough.

And this is how it went:
Tues: 6 easy with Ishii
Wed 12.2 7 @ half to 15k pace. This is tricky since I haven't raced full out these distances in a while. I PRed in the half in Sept. with a pace of 7:48. I was a bit hurt then too. 2 weeks later I pretty much hung it up for the fall. I thought that might be a bit aggressive right now. So my fast miles were:
8:01, 8:04,7:48, 8:07, 7:58, 7:50,7:57
I averaged 7:56 and felt really good doing it, so I think that's a good sign.
Oh yes, Ishii ran this with me too.
Thurs: no running, but I went to PT. I'm feeling a little ITB and just want to stay on top of it. Pete is going to work with me once a week to make sure I get to Boston as healthy as I can be.
Fri. I moved my 20 to Thurs even though it was a little close to that hard 12 mile work out. NYC was expecting an Ark needing like storm over the weekend. And we sure got it! I did not want to run 20 in that. Oh yea, Ishii ran 14 with me.
Sat: off. Could have gone swimming down my street. There's also a big early season local bike race every spring down the block from me that circles Grant's Tomb Loren and I usually go watch our cycling friends race since it's just down the street and it's a lot of fun. I thought for sure it would be cancelled due to the weather, but while going to walk Bea, I decided to check it out.
Nope. It was happening.
I stayed long enough to see my pal Mattio take a few laps but then Bea was shivering and had to get home.
Now, a lot of us have run long races in the pouring rain. Hell, I BQed and PRed in NJ in horrible rainy weather. But let me tell you, running in the rain is an absolute cake walk compared to racing a bike in it. So Mattio, you get the Brass Ovaries award for the week. Great job pulling for your team and way to get out again the next day and race AGAIN in Central Park.
Ok, back to ME.
Sun: I ran 10 with Loren. Even though I'm a bit creaky and tired, this was an awesome run. A bit of rain, some clouds, and a touch of haul ass. Averaged 8:41 pace and my HR averaged 164 which is awesome since I try and stay below 165 on my run of the mill runs.
Really really good week.
5 weeks to go!
And thanks for running so much with me this week Ishii. The favor will be returned and we will get you to Boston!

5 comments:

L.A. Runner said...

Yippee on cycle mileage high! I'm so glad everything is dandy w/ the foot AND that you are running so well. I know some runners think running in the rain is relaxing or bad-a, but it just annoys me.

Girl In Motion said...

Great, great job, Audra! What a relief to feel confident at this point, after that scary start. I'm thrilled that all is going well, even better than well, it's fabulous! :-)

Lil Jimmi said...

Awwwwww.

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