marathon week 7: spring break

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Week seven gave me a much needed step back week. My training plan called for lower mileage plus extra rest days. I was not looking forward to the break after some of my best training runs the previous week, but the extra rest came at the right time.

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Meanwhile, spring arrived in LA. For a few weeks the hills and trails are green and full of life. It wont be long until the temperature starts rising and everything turns brown.

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My runs in Griffith Park started out dark and cold but once the sun was up it felt great out on the trails.

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Spring time is also when the mornings are clear. It won’t be long before “June Gloom” arrives and mornings are overcast- ideal running weather for Southern California.

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Even with a lighter training load my long run was a challenge. I ran 17 miles and tried to keep my goal marathon pace during miles 10-16.

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If I can average 7:45-8:00 at Mountains to Beach I will qualify for Boston. I thought I was running just that but ended up going faster. I will need to get better at recognizing my pace because I was gassed at mile 17, not a good place to be with nine miles to go.

Next week goes back to my full training load. As much as I enjoyed my step back week I’m ready for the second half of marathon training.

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