Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Check this out! Ten Great Irish Runners

Click on the link above or the picture to go to a cool article from Runner's World regarding the top 10 Irish runners.  Appropriate for today I think.

03/17/2015 Happy St. Patrick's Day, change of plans workout

First, Happy St. Patrick's Day!  It's a great day to be Irish, go drink some beer, eat some soda bread, and get some corned beef.  On a side note, even though I'm Irish, I think I'm having mexican for dinner tonight!

Well, if you read this blog, you know what my plans were for the week.  Consequently, I stepped outside this morning with the intent of running a 10 miler at a slightly faster pace than comfort.  However, I got out side and was greeted to a lot of snow and ice still on my route.  So, I hit the road here and my run changed drastically.  It felt good to be on road again after basically running in a small circle on wood floor for the last few months.  I found myself pushing the pace a bit and decided to go with it.  

I also realized about 15 minutes into the run, that breakfast would have been a good idea.  I have't eaten anything since last night.  Oops.  I turned in a solid 4 miler in about 30:35ish.  I averaged a 7:40/mile over the duration and am happy despite it being shorter than I wanted.  What are you going to do on no gas in the tank.  Maybe I will hit up the treadmill tonight to conclude the workout to get in the total distance.

Monday, March 16, 2015

03/16/2015 Today's workout and this week's schedule

Today, as I was running, I planned out this week's schedule of running.  Today, I ran about an hour and a half, getting in about 10 miles at a comfortable pace.  If I had to guess, I would say it was a tiny bit over if anything, but not shorter.  For the days to come, workouts will be similar.  This week is all about mileage and getting to the next phase, a great base.

This will be the week in total:

Monday---10 miles at a comfort pace (1.5 hr)
Tuesday---10+ miles at slightly fast pace (1.5 hr)
Wednesday---45-60 minute walk in the am & either 1/2 hour stairs or jump rope 
Thursday---10 miles slightly faster pace (1.5 hr)
Friday---10 miles comfort pace
Saturday/Sunday off or short jog

The rest of March will be building a lot of miles and when April hits, speed work will come into play every week.  My goal has shifter from the Memorial Day Run to the Franklin Lakes Triathlon.  Although I will still run and look to push the envelope at the 5K, I am going to build more towards the 5 miles in the triathlon.