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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Last Week . . . In Review

First off, I have to congratulate my college buddy, Jon, on a recent accomplishment. He is on a quest to eventually BQ, and he just ran a 1:32:32 half-marathon out in L.A. this past weekend. Not only is that a ridiculously speedy time, BUT it's a 23-MINUTE PR for him!!! Think about that for a second . . . a 23-minute PR for the half-marathon--how amazing is that? I am REALLY proud of him, and I think it's safe to say he is well on his way to getting that BQ. You're a rock star, Jonny Boy!! Keep up the good work :)

Next, I'm going to recap my running/training over the past week. It went something like this:

Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 8 x 400 at 7:19 pace with 1:30 rest intervals, core work
Wednesday: 2-miles easy (10:09) + 30 minutes elliptical
Thursday: 40 minutes elliptical
Friday: 1-mile easy (10:09 pace) + 1-mile mid-tempo (8:34 pace) + 1-mile easy + 1-mile MT + 1-mile easy
Saturday: 3.5 hours of pick-up soccer in Prospect Park
Sunday: Too sore to move = no long run

Let me tell you, I was SERIOUSLY hurting on Sunday after all that cold-weather soccer on Saturday. But? It was worth it. I'd forgotten how fun soccer is. And how good it makes me feel about myself. For whatever reason, I've just always felt really confident in my soccer-playing abilities. Despite the fact that I was one of just two girls playing in our pick-up games on Saturday, I was not at all intimidated. I love that I can feel like I'm just one of the guys when I'm playing, and I really hope that one day I can get to that same place with my running. Since suffering through the Los Angeles Marathon, I feel like I almost expect to fail when I tackle a race. Not this time. There are no excuses. The Austin Half-Marathon is mine. I can feel it. This will be the race that turns everything around for me. 2 months, 6 days and counting . . .

4 comments:

Meg said...

Wow you've been really active this week! Great job with the runs and soccer. You have to find out how to get a 23 minute PR and post the training plan!

Jonny Boy said...

You'll dominate the Austin Half Marathon. Keep pushing yourself in those intervals and tempo runs and the race will seem easy. I feel a 24 minute PR for you.

The Laminator said...

Better running = better soccer playing no? If you improve on your running, your soccer playing will improve...and vice versa. So I say, rock on. Just make sure you don't hurt yourself and mess up your legs again. It can get rough out there.

Frayed Laces said...

That is awesome that soccer is so inspiring for you! Keep at it, girl!