The week was a good one. I had a passing thought, which I quickly dismissed, about easing back on the throttle a bit in preparation for the half-marathon at the end of the week. No, best to train right through Youngstown, since that was not really a target race. Good news...the weather moderated and allowed for some fun running. It was still cold, mostly, but the snow was gone, mostly. Monday, I did an easy 10 miles at recovery pace. Tuesday was a respectable speed day with the following numbers
- 2 miles @ 8:00
- 3 x 1 mile repeats @ 6:00 with .25 mile recovery
- 3.25 miles @7:53
Wednesday, I was feeling good enough for 12 miles at 7:53 pace, but I should have done more. Thursday, I picked-up the pace to 6:59 for a nice 8 mile tempo run. Friday, 10 miles at recovery pace. On Saturday, we had a muddy, mucky, cold 12.5 mile run through the woods. It was our first real muddy trail run of the year and it felt like it. On Sunday, I ran the Mill Creek Half-Marathon at a 6:58 pace. Photos and race report to follow soon. I did a few warm-up miles before the race, for a total of 78 miles for the week.
Last Tuesday, I picked up my new pair of Nike LunarTrainers. You probably know that I love the Lunar Racers, which, after my 3:07 in Chicago, I dubbed the 'magic slippers'. I bought the LunarTrainers, a slightly heavier but by no means heavy, training version of the racers. They have a more traditional upper, and more cushioning, but basically have the fit and feel of the racers. I have put about 50 miles on them so far. They did not disappoint. I ran the Mill Creek Half-Marathon in them, but you'll have to wait for the race report to learn how that went.