Sixty one days until race day! This training is happening waaaay too fast--closing the books on Week #9. This week was an easy week with the mileage for the long run pulled back by 30% and ending with 33 miles total. I still have to learn to accept the easy pull back weeks and not make it any harder. I should enjoy the low miles to get ready for the next two weeks which will be challenging.
I am still feeling good about my PR from yesterday that today I set out with no particular pace in mind. I wanted to do the run as easy as possible so I started it very relaxed. I noticed that when I run relaxed, paying no mind to whatever pace, I end up with a better performance. I end up doing the first half slower and am able to dial into a faster pace at the second half, thereby allowing myself to run another negative split. That is exactly what happened today, another negative split. I completed the 12 miles in one hour and fifty-three minutes at a 9:34 minute/mile pace. The pace for the first half was 9:58 and the second half at 9:10. That's 48 seconds faster. Not only that, the second half is almost my marathon pace! How sweet is that?
Week #10 from Hal Higdon's Advance I Marathon Training Program looks like this:
Mon~ 3 easy
Wed~ 6 x hills
Sat~ 9 pace
Sun~ 19 long run
The 9 mile pace run on Saturday and the 19 miles on Sunday will be quite the challenge. The longest back to back hard days will be a first for me--I've never ran long two days in a row like that. I haven't decided yet where I would run the 19. I've got this week to decide.
So far the training is going well. Happy running!