|the routine of a track ...|
So over the last couple of weeks, I have decided to vary my runs by driving to various starting points. Even on my easy running days, I found it best to just find somewhere that I haven’t ran before or ran through in a long time. Last week, I totaled over 78 miles in my training. With plenty of places to run around the Sacramento area, I decided to go lose myself amongst the trails. Rather than playing it safe and running just on the paved areas, I ventured more into the dirt roads and even threw in a few horse trails along the river. My recovery days became a little more true to easy pace, as I was so engaged in seeing what was around me. I had opportunities to even run with my running group in areas that were different, as we logged 22 miles on a course that some runners consider the Boston simulator, this run also included parts of the American River 50.
With 60 days until my first goal race of the year (Honda LA Marathon), the mileage really has been kicking up. Breaking the routine has been very important not just from a mileage standpoint, but a mental clarity point as well. My last 9 days of LA Marathon training have looked like this:
- January 7 - 10.31 miles easy @ 7:54 / mile
- January 8 - 8.11 miles total: 2.32 mile warm-up, 6x800 meters, 1.55 mile cool down.
- January 9 - 4.02 miles easy @7:56 / mile
- January 10 (AM) - 12.01 miles: 2 mile warmup, 8 mile tempo (7:01/mi), 2 mile cool down
- January 10 (PM) - 2.2 miles easy @ 8:51 / mile with a friend starting to run
- January 11 - 10 miles easy @ 7:53 / mile
- January 12 - 10.01 miles easy @ 8:11 / mile
- January 13 - 22.16 miles: first 15 miles at long run pace (7:42)
- January 14 - 10.01 miles easy @ 7:54 / mile
- January 15 (AM) - 9.24 miles total: 2.5 mi warmup, 3 x 1600, 3 mi cool down
- January 15 (PM) - 3.12 miles easy @ 8:30 / mile with a friend starting to run
|losing myself on a run lead me to this|