Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekly training update

I switched up my 20-mile long run from this week to next week since I had previously signed up for the Run the Bluegrass half marathon on March 29, so my goal for the week was 15-19 miles, with a long run of 5-7 miles on Saturday. I ended up running 12 miles as my long run on Saturday and I still felt good after my long run which is a major bonus as I head into another high mileage week. I crushed my goal with 27.19 miles for the week!

Sunday - 11 v 11 soccer, 5.96 miles. The weather was not very cooperative for the game, with the weather hanging in the low 50's and raining. It made for a pretty sloppy game - the only goal of the game came on a rebound that bounced a few times before hitting off of our keeper and sliding into the goal. Overall, it was a better game than we played two weeks ago, so I think the team is definitely improving.

Monday - 7 v 7 soccer, 1.96 miles. This was the championship game and the weather was pretty crappy again - it was just cold and rainy and windy. We lost to this team in the last minute of our regular season game with a ball that went through our keeper's hands, so we were hoping to redeem ourselves with this game. During the first half of the game, I took a ball in the face (mouth / nose) and it was so cold out that it just went numb. A week later and my nose is still tender on the side, though definitely not as bad as last week. We went into half time of the game down 2-0 and while we are normally a better team in the second half of games, we couldn't put one in and ended up losing the game 2-0. 

Tuesday - off

Wednesday - 3.74 miles, 10:19 pace. Originally, I had planned to do between 5-7 miles, but I made some poor late afternoon eating choices and realized pretty quickly into my run that I wasn't going to make it as far as I wanted to. Oh well, it was still a good run and I got to work on a pretty big hill near the beginning of my run, so I think it was still a good training run.

Thursday - 11 v 11 soccer, 3.53 miles. This was our second game of the season and it was a really good game. We won the game 2-0 and had some really good plays moving the ball from defense to offense. Our next game is against one of the toughest teams in the league. We beat them last fall 1-0, but it was definitely a challenging game and I'm looking forward to see what we can do next week!

Friday - off

Saturday - long run, 12 miles, 13:27 pace. One challenge with some group runs (definitely with this one) is that we take several minutes at the water stops. I don't stop my watch during the water breaks, because I don't want to assume I'm not going to have to take these types of stops during my actual race. However, we had some really long stops this week, so if I look at just my moving average (instead of my overall average), my pace would be 12:46 instead - that's a pretty big difference. I definitely expect to keep moving throughout my race, even if I have to add extra walk breaks - my plan is not to actually stop unless absolutely necessary.
  • Mile 1 - 12:38 
  • Mile 2 - 11:45
  • Mile 3 - 13:31 <-- water stop
  • Mile 4 - 12:19
  • Mile 5 - 12:26
  • Mile 6 - 16:20 <-- water stop
  • Mile 7 - 13:21
  • Mile 8 - 13:17
  • Mile 9 - 16:59 <-- water stop
  • Mile 10 - 12:48
  • Mile 11 - 13:26
  • Mile 12 - 12:36
How did your week go? Did you hit your goals?

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