Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tapering for Niagara. 5 miles at "Hard".

Monday: 80 minutes w/ M & D
Tuesday: 60 minutes
Wednesday: 2.5mile w/u, 2.5 mile c/d, 5X 1 mile in 5:30, 5:29, 5:18, 5:35, 5:29 (5:28 avg. on road course)
Thursday: 60 minutes
Friday: 70 minutes
Saturday: 3 mile w/u, 5 mile "tempo" on " new campus 5" in 28:14, 50 minute cool down (14+ miles)

Course mile splits: 5:35, 5:42, 5:36, 5:42, 5:39 for 5 miles in 28:14
Results from garmin: 4.9 miles at 5:45 pace for 28:14

Today's workout was supposed to be 5 miles at hard tempo. I think it just ended up being 5 miles at hard. For those of you that don't know, "new campus 5" is the old campus 5 with just a bit extra added on. However, the loop and garmin still did not agree completely.

I started this run with the men's team. The plan was to stay in contact and try to pick off someone that starts having a bad day. That didn't happen.

By the first mile I was already 10 seconds back, and the gap just got bigger from there. After about 2 miles I basically couldn't see a single soul, trying to run sub 5:40s by myself is not something I am used to. Still, I went through 5k in 17:30 or so. Good but not true tempo, more like REALLY HARD.

Mile 3 I started having a little bit of a melt down, I had a side stitch and my hip was a little tight, I tried to slow down and maintain effort. By the time I hit 800m to go, I was kicking hard but felt like I was running terrible...the goal was originally 28:45 and I felt like I was slower than that. 28:14 was a huge surprise.

I am 4 weeks out from Niagara falls and I am starting to feel a little tired, I took my miles down this week to make up for it. On Saturday we will travel to Atlanta and run the Atlanta 13.1 against Ms. Meagan Nedlo. I am so excited to have some super studs to race against, my half marathon PR is pathetic in comparision to what I have been training at... I really hope to run a good race.

As for Maddy, she took 4 steps on Wednesday night. How fast she grows, it amazes me. We are practicing her "cowbell" skills. She's a natural, probably because her Daddy and Mommy are both bulldogs. It's in the gene pool. She will go to her first football game tonight.

I apologize for my lack of "blogging" lately. I'm just tired.


Jenn said...

WOW! That is a smokin' awesome 5 mile HARD!! I don't even run that fast in my dreams!

The HM will go awesome for you!! A big time PR that will set you up just GREAT at this point!! Can't wait to see what you do in this marathon!

mrn said...

Dude, your 5-mile workout is identical to my 8k race PR. You are going to rock it next weekend!

Jesse Armijo said...

5 miles hard seemed like a great workout! Good Luck!

Jesse Armijo said...

5 miles hard seemed like a great workout! Good Luck!

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

OK, I bet you are going sub 2:50, heck, sub 2:45 even! You are running so well, on tired legs, wow! That 5 miler is HOT! I am so excited about your race! I'd be curious to see how you do your taper. I am feeling a bit tired myself and debating if I should start an earlier taper...

Lize Brittin said...

Wow! That's impressive, Meggan. Awesome job. I hope the race goes well!

ayedubbscclark said...

Holy Hell.... You are killin' it!

Raina said...

Fantastic workouts! Best wishes in your half. It will be nice for you to have some good competition, I am sure.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Have fun racing! Hope you PR!