Not only am I happy with finishing up another successful Peak Week, but I'm also super-psyched at how well my 25-25-25 runs went this weekend. Last week I had to survive the 3rd run on tired legs, but this week I absolutely hammered the 3rd run at a pace 23 minutes faster than my first run on Friday night. The times for all 3 runs were 3:28 (Friday), 3:18 (Saturday), and 3:05 (Sunday). There is no doubt in my mind at this point that I've reached a whole new level of fitness during the past 2 months of focused training. Texas is going to be a blast!
Two other notes from this weekend: A couple of my favorite runners had successful races this weekend - and seeing their success definitely helped psyched me up enough to make my own Sunday run fast and furious. First off, my 20 year-old cousin Erin was able to squeeze in enough training between studying for Bio-Chem and her other classes at UMass to rip off a 3:48 at the Bay State Marathon. It won't be long before I post a note here about her running her first ultra, she's got the kind of talent to find some real success at the longer distances in the near future. My other source of inspiration this weekend was my friend and super-stud Jamie Donaldson who travelled to Seoul, South Korea this weekend to represent team USA in the 24 Hour World Championships (this is the event I hope to qualify for in Texas). When the final gun was fired, Jamie had covered 136.7 miles (!!), good enough for 5th place in this race of world elites (and the top spot for Americans). Great work, Jamie!!!
Week Training Log:
Monday - Off Day
Tuesday - 8.5 Miles - Hains Point Loop
Wednesday - 8.5 Miles - Hains Point Loop
Thursday - 8.5 Miles - Hains Point Loop
Friday - 25 Miles - Hains Point Loops
Saturday - 25.1 Miles - Hains Point Loops
Sunday - 25.1 Miles - Hains Point Loops
Total Miles: 100.7