It’s Friday which represents a much-needed and well-deserved rest day from our first week of marathon preparation for Houston. We have been hitting it hard this week with quite a bit of mileage covered at much faster paces than we had been laying down preparing for the Kerrville Half Ironman.
Monday – 8 miles at 6:43 pace.
Tuesday – 13.2 miles at 7:12 pace.
Wednesday – 10.25 miles moderate pace – 7:24 pace.
Thursday – 10 Recovery miles – 7:31 pace.
The last two runs in summer-like 75 degree temperatures and turtorous 98% humidity.
That is 41.45 miles for those of you scoring at home before the sun went down on Thursday night. With a weekend plan for 8 miles on Saturday morning and 16 more on Sunday we will top out at just over 65 miles this week. A nice start on the road to Houston. In fact our highest mileage weeks during the training cycle will reach just 10~ miles or so more than what we posted out of the chute.
But Friday also marks the return of Landry’s Mommy from California this week. Superwife was out in Anaheim for work which made things a little bit more “complicated” for this Dadathoner.
Early morning runs which are our M.O. were replaced by getting Landry up, diaper changed, teeth brushed, dressed for school and even her hair up in bows. Our evenings were also filled with dog walks, dinner, a community shower, PJ’s, Legos, bed time stories and about 30 minutes of “movie night” in bed with Dad before heading upstairs to sleep tucked in with Minnie Mouse, Monchichi and her other friends.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights were Toy Story 2, followed by The Lorax on Thursday.
Which means that training would have to take place downtown after we made our way in to work. A later morning run or a lunchtime run was necessary to make everything fit. This allowed for a nice change of pace in our running routes as we got a chance to run on the town lake trail in Austin, something that I only do a handful of times each year. That coupled with cooler temperatures at the start of the week provided us with some great training opportunities.
But the highlight of the week was spending Sunday through Friday one-on-one with Landry. We did some shopping, watched some football and then played in the mornings and evenings before and after school.
She even hopped up on the TRI bike to check out how being in the Aero position felt. I think we may have a future Triathlete on our hands.
Pretty great week for Dad and Landry. Hopefully the next 13 will be just as fun and productive on the road to Houston.
This will be the first marathon where when we come through the chute I won’t have Dawn there to greet me and the first one since Austin in 2011 where Landry is not there as well. My hugs will be waiting for me back in Austin after driving home after the race. Hopefully we’ll be coming home a sub 3-hour guy. But if not, those hugs are going to feel pretty great all the same.