I've been kind of a weekend warrior with the blogging - not as much with the running, but I don't think I've had a weekday blog post up here in a while. I've been keeping up a pretty good schedule - Tuesday intervals, Thurday tempo with an easy day Wednesday, and a Saturday and Sundays either long runs or easy runs. For example, last Thurday I had a fun tempo/progression run that I called a ladder - the tempo profile looked like this:
Each of those "steps" was a mile - 7 total. It was hard, but doable. I still weirdly enjoy the speed work - after this cycle that I'm on, I think I'll try to do the same cycle, but a little faster.
I've got a bizarre array of races coming up in the next month. Here's what I'm looking at:
4/25 - Prison Hill Half Marathon
5/3 - Rock 'n' Reno Marathon
5/9 - Run Amuck (2.5 miles x 2 - relay) - um, in a jogbra...
5/16 - Silver State 50/50 Half Marathon
And next week, on the 19th, I'm thinking of running about 10 miles to the start of a 5K, then the race, then about 9 miles home. Should get me closer to ready for that marathon in 3 weeks...
To that end, I stretched my long run out a bit yesterday and did 18 miles. Wouldn't have felt too bad except for two things: a blister forming on my right little toe, and a serious need for a potty break around mile 13-15. The blister is popped and will need some moleskin, and I took care of the other issue at a fairly well-lit gas station. I actually felt pretty crappy for the rest of the day yesterday, but after a little 4 mile loop this morning, I feel myself again. Should've refueled better.
This'll be a weird training week, due to my family being in and out of town. I'll try to keep a little more up to date on the blog here. Got a few product reviews coming up, too.