So I think it’s safe to say that spring is officially here:

Spring weather in Minneapolis | Crazy Running Girl

 

We do have some snow in our forecast over the next week or so, but I doubt it’ll stick. The only thing that makes me really nervous about this early winter warmup is that I just don’t want it to be a bjillion degrees for Boston this year. Remember when it was in the 80s and just an awful race day!?

I hate how Mother Nature can ruin a great training cycle… the one thing that is really out of your control when it comes down to it. 

But, all you can really do is control what you can and let the other things be –> no point in worrying about everything that you can’t control. I think that could technically be the definition of insanity anyways.  😉

Before I get into it, I wanted to share a few articles that I read this weekend that I found super interesting:

—> Why do shorter people run faster than taller people? They put some science into it and have some good evidence that for long-distance running, it’s better to be shorter. YASS!

—> Every successful relationship is successful for the same reasons This is a super interesting perspective from a large sample of couples. Some really great advice and points in this article… especially the one about respect. Respect is SO very important in any relationship. 

—> What is Lollipop Lipstick? Your Post-Launch Lip Look is Trendy Now Wait, WHAT? How is this a trend? I could not imagine walking around with my lips looking like this. 

—> Best Gifts for Runners Some good ideas in here from Overbear (but I might be a little biased since I contributed… ;)) 

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Boston Marathon Training Week 10 Recap

20 miler in Minneapolis | Crazy Running Girl

 

I can’t believe it’s already been 10 WEEKS into training! This training cycle is going by so fast. I leave for Colorado/ABQ on Thursday… so I’ll have my own form of altitude training like so many of the elites do. I am interested to see how painful the runs are with the added altitude… I already know that I won’t be too furious if I can’t hit the paces that I need to given the whole not getting as much oxygen thing. 

Anyways, last week’s training was the highest mileage that I’ll hit for the entire training cycle and I also knocked out my second 20 miler (which was pretty amazing, details here):

Su:  Technically 12 miles, but I’m counting it as the “weekend” because of my random trip last weekend so not attributing it so Sunday 😉 
Mo: Easy 6 with 6x100m stride outs @ 10:15 avg pace
Tu: 12 miles with 7 miles at half marathon pace (supposedly, this workout was so hard and I changed it to effort-based pacing) @ 9:01 avg pace
We: rest day
Th: 12 miles @ 9:10 avg pace (as hard as Tuesday’s workout was, this one was so much easier… my legs were happy) 
Fr: Easy 5 miles @ 10:07 avg pace
Sa: 20 miles @ 8:50 avg pace

 

What was the highlight of your weekend? 

How is the weather by you? Do you wish it was still winter or ready for summer? 



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