This week of training started cold, then it got hot (for January), then back to cold. But that's how it goes here in southern Indiana. Monday was my rest/gym day, did jump rope as a warm up. Squats, bench press, dead lifts, arm curls, & chest rows as my strength training. Then an ab/core routine to finish off the workout. Tuesday was hill day. I set out on a new route that I usually bike but have never ran before. The route was in the country but still some traffic which makes running up & down hills a little tricky. Wednesday was the Seymour Run Group which we do a 3 mile loop, with about half of us doing a second loop. This is my easy run as I just run with whoever & visit. Always a good time! Wednesday was also the first evening lap swim of the new year. I was a little tired from running since our group finished at 7:15pm & swimming started at 8pm. Maybe didn't help also that I had not swam since the end of August! Got in 1200 USA (500, 500, & 200). Thursday was another rest/gym day & I took advantage of the rest since I was exhausted from the run & swim the night before. Friday was a tempo day, 7 miles with 3 miles at marathon pace (MP). Actually did the 3 miles at a little faster than MP. Saturday was an easy run day, but I was scheduled to work/ref 4 games out of town. That took up 9 hours of my day & my legs & feet were hurting from those games, so I just took it easy the rest of the day. Sunday was my scheduled long run. When I got up, I was hungry for breakfast, so breakfast it was. Plan then was to run in the afternoon. I didn't realize it was suppose to drop in temp by 20 degrees & RAIN. So on to plan B, watch football & rest, then do my long run on Monday. I was able to get it done on Monday, 16 miles at 8:48 pace. That is the fastest I've ever ran 16 miles. Right on plan for my marathon.
Weekly totals - 36.7 miles , 5:23:36, 8:48 pace.
Marathon training totals - 214.83, 32:42:49, 9:08 pace.