Aug 9 – Aug 15 Week of Training

I actually have something to talk about this week with regards to my running! Well, sort of…After yet another week of easy mileage I met with Pete early last week to discuss what we needed to do to expedite the healing process. Even though it’s still 6 months out from the Olympic Trials it’s important that I’m 100% healthy and can do quality workouts sooner rather than later. Any progression in my fitness prior to the actual marathon build up in December will only set me up for greater success when I toe the line on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Pete is contacting various massage, ART, and acupuncture specialists around the country this week to try and get some additional treatments that will hopefully help me make the jump from 85% to 100% ASAP!

And we both decided that until that 100% jump is made there is no sense in making any concrete racing plans. Deep down I think I am close to being ready to workout and think some Fall half marathons are in my future but nothing definite yet.

Former Todd mayoral candidate Petunia enjoying her breakfast pre-run.

Former Todd mayoral candidate Petunia enjoying her breakfast pre-run.

So on to the good news! On Sunday, Tyler, Pete, and I made our way to Todd Railroad Grade Road to do our long runs. Todd was featured in several of Tyler and I’s build-up videos for Twin Cities last Fall and is a great place to get in a paved, flat long run. I was able to run 19 nearly pain free miles for the day and actually ran the last 10 or miles at or below 6:05 per mile pace. These times are not groundbreaking in any way but I was pumped after finishing the run as I have not been able to run that fast pain-free for months. I will take this run as a victory!

Check out the splits from my Soleus GPS watch:

8:09, 7:43, 6:54, 6:49, 6:37, 6:28, 6:30, 6:39, 6:47, 6:15, 6:07, 6:08, 5:54, 6:01, 6:04, 5:53, 5:50, 5:50, 5:49…2hrs 2min total.

Down goes the White House...just like in Independence Day.

Down goes the White House…just like in Independence Day.

And in other ZAP news my home for nearly 5 years, the appropriately named White House, has been torn down. ZAP recently completed a new athlete house and will build another one where the rubble of the White House currently sits. A sad day for sure but a necessary demolition as that house was without a doubt ready to be replaced!

Thanks for reading!

Here is my last week of training (8/9-8/15):

Sunday: AM: 18 miles

Monday: AM: 7.5 miles   PM: 5.5 miles

Tuesday: AM: 6 miles   PM: 4 miles

Wednesday: AM: 13 miles

Thursday: AM: 13 miles

Friday: AM: 10 miles   PM: 4 miles

Saturday: AM: 9 miles

Total: 90 miles, 10 runs


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