Happy 1st day of Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too bad I had spring fever in February :), and there is snow on the ground!
Spring means March and March means March Madness!!!!!! My husband and I love March Madness :). We both do a bracket. I even found a kids bracket online that goes by mascots and my kids love it. Honestly, this year they are doing better than I am so far!
I have this great way of picking teams based on things like this; I picked Oregon because that is where a lot of good runners are from :).
Last year this method of picking teams worked out well for me…this year not so much :).
While I love March Madness, there is no way I have time or the patience ( does anybody else have a hard time sitting and watching anything longer than 40 minutes? ) to watch all these games, so what I like to do is record them and then watch the last 10 minutes of the ones that I see have really close endings :). Today, thanks to the snow, I watched just over an hour of basketball while I ran my treadmill miles :).
This week has been a really good week of training for me with just my long run left to go.
I did one tempo day, 1 speed day, and the rest easy miles.
Speaking of easy miles…while I love the idea of doing them Garmin-less and carefree, I do not. The reason why is because at least 1 day a week I want my miles to be easy (please remember this is all relative to your pace…some runners easy miles are slower and some are faster). For me this is no faster than 8:20 and probably should be around 8:30. I have a very hard time not “settling into” an 7:55-8:00 minute pace. I think that is fine for most of my easy runs, but to get the full recovery and the most benefit from my harder runs I need to make my easy miles slower.
So, my week looked like this:
Monday: 10 miles tempo pace. Average 7:13. I have a half coming up in 2 weeks so this helps me get an idea of what my pace should be.
Tuesday: 7.4 miles 8:21 pace
Wednesday: 8.3 miles @ 8:04 pace
Thursday: Speed. 3×2 mile repeats with 3 minute walk in between and 1 mile warm up and cool down. This is one of the hardest speed workouts for me! My goal was 6:45-6:50 for the repeats and to concentrate on my breathing. They were (6:28, 6:39), (6:26, 6:36), (6:26, 6:35). I was super happy with this. The last mile was pretty tough but the pace was still faster than I was planning. I would like for the splits to be switched so I was getting faster, but oh well.
Friday: 7 treadmill miles thanks to our spring snow :). Started at 7.0 and went to a 7.5mph.
The girls are having friends sleep over and making homemade pizza and we are watching some March Madness (and writing blog posts :)).
Boston is officially 30 days away!!!!! For all of you who are training, I am SO excited for you and you are getting so close!!!!! Keep up the hard work!
If you need a few awesome things to help motivate you here they are…
1. New PRO Compression socks!!!!! These are the brand new heather style and they look amazing!
2. These awesome shirts from Sarah @ Run Far Shop. 20% of every sale of blue and yellow items purchased until 4/20 will go to Girls on the Run.
Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!
Who is doing Boston?! How is training going????
March Madness….love it or hate it?