Monday, April 26, 2010

LiveSTRONG Seattle Marathon training weeks 20/21 - consistency?

Did I really say consistency on my last post?  Training week #20 threw that out the window - a business trip coupled with a 15 hour workday and two more 11+ hour workdays left me not only with little time to exercise, but the dreaded "traveler's cold" that I seem to get every time extremely long hours and travel converge.  Needless to say, week #20 was not the paragon of consistency: 4.29 miles run over two measly runs, in a grand total of 36:55.  On the bright side, I did lose some weight... but found it again this week. :-\

The last week was much better, and honestly, was back on the consistency theme.  If you exclude the "lost week" the week before, it actually wasn't too bad.  The totals for this week, in 2 runs and 2 rides was:

  • Running: 20.88 miles in 3:11:37, including a great 17 mile long run at a 9:14 pace!
  • Cycling: 26.85 miles in 1:30:07
  • Weight: 196.2, up 0.6 pounds over two weeks

The long run truly did feel great.  After some Nike+ related technical difficulties starting out, and some heavy legs for the first 2-3 miles, I got into a groove that had me ticking off miles at a pretty steady 9:05-9:25 pace until around 15.5 miles - at which point I was ready to be done.  But it was a great feeling to know that the training is exactly on track, and Nike+ even gave me an extra kudo - since I had to re-install the software, it showed this as my "first run" even though it shows all the previous runs I've done:

Now's it just a matter of staying on track through 3 more long runs (20, 22 and 24 milers planned 2, 4 and 6 weeks from now) and being ready for Seattle a scant 61 days from today!

Speaking of being ready, we're almost to our fundraising goal of $1000 for Team LiveSTRONG.  $750 down, $250 to go.  So if you haven't gotten a chance yet, go to my fundraising page and donate - $1, $10, $20, $50, $100... whatever you can, because it's for a great cause in the fight against cancer.

Until next time, onward!

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