...there will be more epic bloops.
Today, though, there's an encouraging update on marathon training and that's good enough for me.
For the first time in 2019, I've been able to run every single workout on every single day that I planned. Running the stairs and the band/weight workouts were OK, but ... running! Running is so, so much better. I know - I'm preaching to the choir here. Anyway, 45 miles planned, 45 miles completed. The only small compromise was the abbreviated Tuesday Tempo - 4 miles @ pace instead of 5.
Wednesday through Friday were 7 - 8 - 6, all good runs. There was rain on Wednesday and driving home I was going to bail, but it had almost stopped by the time I got there, so I grabbed a hat and soldiered out. Not cold enough to make it miserable, nor warm enough to make it fun.
Friday's run was interrupted with a potty stop with about 1-1/2 to go. Which reminds me that I discovered a new pitstop during that 14 miler from the weekend. There's a trio of big office buildings next to a nice restaurant (one of those with a menu I can't afford). I tried the door on the one closest to the bike path, and it was open. And so was the bathroom. On a Saturday morning! There were only two cars in the lot, so it looks like this is a place I can count on most days. A few more cars in the lot on a Friday afternoon, but I was still able to waltz right in and do my business.
With the late winter weather, last week was my highest mileage week in over a year, even though on paper it was a cutback week. Long run was 10 miles. JFR'd it, and since I felt pretty OSOM that meant the last few miles were fast-ish. 7-9 were all under 8 minutes. If I can string a few more of those together at the end of a long long run, Vermont could be a good day.
There isn't too much around here in the trails department, but I stumbled into one on Monday. It goes between a couple of neighborhoods a couple of miles from here. Before I've cut out and gone to some more streets, but this time I kept going and ended up with almost a mile of trail out and back. Fun.
This brings me to Tempo Tuesday again. 8 total with 6 @ pace. Since the longest I've gone this fast was 4 miles, I wasn't sold on running 7:30 for these. Turned out to be less than stellar - 7:34, 7:39, 7:50 (freeway overpass), 7:32, 7:43, 7:47. So, I ran out of gas on those last two. Would have served me better to have chilled the pace just a tad there at the beginning. Close enough, I guess, with 7-1/2 weeks still to go.
Cold rain all day for Saturday. May have to switch the long run to Friday.