Log for August 26 – Training for Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Goal for the fall and winter marathon season is to break 3:15 for the first time.
- 4.1-Mile “Barefoot” Run – FINALLY a run this week that felt good! Too bad it took us running 10:00 min pace to get there!! Paxton and I started just before 6am on our regular “Wonky Track” loop through Bellevue. The temperatures were very mild, and it was a very relaxed, pleasant run. Even though I don’t yet have the lower leg strength to use the forefoot stride for all of my training, it does feel much more natural now. I actually had an occasion to run for a few strides during the work day today (to chase something down), and noticed that I instinctively went to my forefoot. That was cool! I continue to LOVE my Saucony Hattoris, and hope I can get to a point where I can use them for even more miles during my weekly training. It was nice to get in a nice and easy recovery run, because tomorrow we are facing another tough Marathon workout. It looks like it will be around 2.5 hours of running time with a mixture of easy pace, marathon pace, and tempo pace intervals. Should be fun!!
On a side note, this month is now officially my longest mileage month in my life. My previous record was 174 miles (July 2010), and I’m now just over 178. With approximately 16 tomorrow, 6 on Monday, and 10 on Tuesday, I should finish the month with 210-miles completed.
- Cross Training – Since my legs have been feeling a little tight and beat-up lately, I spent about 20 minutes doing some easy leg stretching to get ready for tomorrow.