The Weekend re-cap & Todays run made me nervous…

This weekend just seemed to fly by and I am not even sure where it went!!! Saturday I did an easy paced 8 mile recovery run after my 15 miles on Friday. Sunday I did 7.5 miles at an easy pace with a lot of dynamic stretching. I went to the track and did leg swings, hi knees, karaoke, and butt kicks. I ended up doing an 8:10 pace which is a little faster than my easy run is supposed to be, but it felt comfortable.

I normally don’t run on Sunday but I ended up taking Thursday off because we took the kids to the Iowa State fair. This kinda threw me off a little, but I am planning on just not taking another day off till Sunday.

DSC_1070That is all made out of balloons!!! They even had a girl wearing a dress made out of balloons


Feeding the goats

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Yes, we made me wash her arm after!!! 🙂

This brings me to today’s run. I decided yesterday that I was going to skip speed and work more on stamina. According to my 5k, 10k and half times I should be able to run a faster marathon but I struggle in the stamina area. I am currently following the workouts and pacing used by Mark Hadley. He coaches some really good runners including his daughter who is like 16 and pretty amazing! I really like his training workouts and I think his pacing is pretty much right on.

I decided I was going to do a mile warm-up and then 50 minutes at my aerobic threshold pace. According to the chart my aerobic threshold pace would be between 7:11 and 7:15 and then a mile cool down. I was nervous. I have a hard time with the 7:11 pace. 6:40 is actually easier for me because it is for a shorter time and the recovery lap in between helps me a TON! I am also pretty comfortable for a while at 7:40, but the 7:11 pace is just a challenge to find and keep for that long.


I am super excited to report…I did it!!!!!! 1st mile warm up in 8:12..then I did 7.03 miles in 50 minutes. The splits were 6:56 (trying to figure out my pace), 7:14, 7:11, 7:19, 7:11, 7:03, 6:59, and the last .03 at 6:52!!! It averages about 7:09 for the 50 minutes (I think). I did not even time my cool down but it was about a 1 1/2 miles at a 8:50 pace or so. It was hard, but I liked the workout and I think it will help me as I work to lower my marathon time.

After that I had some errands to get done before school starts. It seemed like every errand I ran took way longer than I thought and I got home way later than I planned (tell me that happens to you all the time too, it will make me feel better!)…but I got stuff done so that is all that matters.

Anyone else do speed today?

Do you have runs that make you nervous?




    • Jen says

      Thanks!!! I seem to do pretty good with my speed (I think it is because I have the recovery). I am training for a 3:15 marathon but my current best is 3:36 so it would be a pretty big jump. If it doesn’t happen, that’s okay too…I will know that I worked hard.
      7:20 is an awesome pace!!! Keep it up :)!

  1. Amber says

    Yay for your great threshold run!

    My tempo runs have been making me nervous during marathon training – few of them have gone as planned over the last few weeks 🙁 but this week I had my first good tempo run in a while, thank goodness!

    • Jen says

      I have totally had runs and weeks, for that matter, like that too! I try not to let them get me too stressed out and chalk it up to just being part of training. But I must say it is sooo nice to have workouts go as planned!!! It gives you a lot of confidence 🙂

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