Location: Pasadena, CA.
Temperature: Sunny, 85 degrees
Type of Run: Interval/Speed
Length: 4.54 miles (5 x 400m; 1-mile, 5 x 300m; 1200m; 5 x 200m)
Type of route: 400-meter oval track
Time: 23 minutes, 39 seconds (1:17, 1:16, 1:16, 1:16, 1:15; 5:35; :56, :55, :56, :55, :55; 4:11; :36, :35, :35, :36, :34)
Pace per mile: 5:13
Average heart rate: 156
Reason for Run: This was an interval workout designed to improve speed endurance as well as running efficiency and economy.
How did I feel? Good. The warm weather didn’t really bother me today. I was pleased with my pacing and consistency. My mile time and time for the 1200-meter rep were faster than I expected. This is good because I think it means I’m getting stronger handling longer interval reps. This wraps up my 5th week of formal marathon training. It’s also the second straight week I’ve run more than 50 miles. I have 2 to 3 days of travel next week which will cause me to make some slight adjustments in the training. I plan to write more columns about running soon along with keeping this training log. I hope you’ve gotten some insight with the training log about how people like myself prepare for marathons.