most people training for boston (or one of the other marathons going on in the next week or two) are deep in their tapers right now, but me not-so-much. i figure what's the point when the previous 8 weeks or so have been a taper? :o) slightly ironic that what should be my first week of taper was my highest mile week of the year thus far. yes, i am *that* genius, experienced marathoner. (7 counts as "experience" right?)
week in review (4/05 - 4/11):
total miles: 54.29 (avg temp 70.14* f)
time spent running: ~ 8 hours 07 minutes
avg hr: 165.14
avg run pace: 8:52/mile
off days: 0!!!
i feel like my "easy pace" hr has been a little too high (160's) when it used to be in the 150's. i'm sure some of this can be attributed to the unseasonably warm temps (80-85*), but even on slightly "cooler" days (60's-70's) it still seems higher than it ought to be. on the days i actively try to keep it in the 150's, my pace drops from standard 8:45-9:00/mile to 9:30-10:00 and i have to walk a little at times. what gives?
other than the slight concerns about my easy hr, this week was a success on two fronts - i tested out a little speed and got in a long run! so far, neither has caused any trouble.
friday - hard 30-minute run. the first mile wasn't that fast, but i chalk that up to not warming up and just hopping right to it. it's nice to know my legs haven't completely abandoned me. (the last time i ran with any speed was march 3rd.)
[pm run - 3.8 miles, 29:35 (avg pace 7:47), avg hr (178), 57*]
sunday - long run!! it felt ok overall, but my legs were tired at times. i expect it though since the last time i ran over 15 miles was february 13th. (i know! i am a marathon-training role model!) it was warm and i should've carried water or my credit card; i was yearning for some cold gatorade.
[afternoon run - 15 miles, 2:15:42 (avg pace 9:03), avg hr (168), 75*]
tomorrow is finally my appointment with the ENT, i've only been waiting close to a month!