I’m getting into some of my longest mileage weeks since my target race is about seven weeks out. The plan I’m following calls for three 20-mile long runs, and this week was my first one.
There’s always a tension when I get to this part of my training cycle. On one hand, I want to be sure I’m well rested for my weekly long run. On the other, I still want to make some progress on speed. Since I was still a little tired from my half marathon trial a couple weeks ago, I kept most of my paces on the slow side and focused on mileage.
It’s still very hot and humid in Austin, which I’m sure is affecting my pace. It also means I start my long runs early to avoid the sun beating down on me as much as I can.
Next week is a down week, and I’ll take 12 miles out of my schedule. I’m looking forward to it!
Stats for this week:
Total mileage – 53.6 miles
Avg. pace – 9:38
Longest run – 20 mi.
Weeks until marathon – 7