I was also completely freaking out about pretty much everything. So, there was that.
In a nutshell: Adrian ramped up the training in Week 4. Week 5 was harder than Week 4. Spoiler alert: Week 6 is even harder. Sometimes, marathon training still seems so weird to me. You suffer for 16 weeks so that you will suffer less for approximately four hours on one day. What is it that people say, though? The Holy Grail is in the journey and not the finding. Or something like that.
7 miles on "hills." For obvious reasons, there is really no great way to do a hill workout on a treadmill, but I did my best. After a warm up, I created an 8-minute "V" set, where I increased the incline gradually until a set point, and then went back down to my starting incline level (2.0). As the incline increased, I decreased my speed, and as the incline decreased, I increased speed. I was at each level for one minute. After a warm up, I repeated that 5 times and then cooled down. I did not get terribly bored and I was beat by the end, even though it was a fake hill workout.
7 miles @ 1:06:20/9:29 min/mile average.
5 miles aerobic with drills.
5 miles @ 47:33/9:31 min/mile average
7 miles. Here is where Adrian told me that I would start to "suffer." He was right. After a few weeks of keeping everything at a nice, easy pace, I looked at Thursday and saw "HZ4," which is roughly my 10K race pace, give or take 10 seconds on either end. The workout was sets at HZ4 effort squashed in between an easier (but not necessarly easy) warm-up and cool-down. Luckily, my parents came to hang out with Nathan so I was able to do the workout outside around the golf course.
7 miles @ 1:02:02/8:48 min/mile average
5 miles recovery. I was pretty beat after Thursday's workout, despite the rest day on Friday, so I had no problem taking it way easy per the schedule.
5.01 miles @ 48:12/9:37 min/mile average
15 miles aerobic. On Sunday, the group ventured out to Griffith Park for what sounded like a completely ass-kicking hill run. Unfortunately (fortunately?), I couldn't join since he-who-refuses-to-take-his-bottle would starve since Griffith Park is pretty much on the other side of the world. Instead, Marissa and I stayed as far west as possible and did a not-so-hilly long run.
15.1 miles @ 2:26:49/9:43 min/mile average
Total for Week 4 = 39 miles
5.75 miles @ 1:06:36/11:35 min/mile average
5 miles aerobic. Another outdoors run while Nathan was at day care. (He only stayed three hours since I wussed out and couldn't bear to leave him any longer).
5.01 miles @ 44:04/8:47 min/mile average
7 miles. This workout was a harder version of the previous Thursday's run. Adrian increased the length of time that I'd be running at HZ4 and shortened the recovery time in each set. Although I had some trouble with the workout the first time, this harder version actually felt a bit easier. Either that, or I have just succombed to the idea of suffering.
7.0 miles @ 1:00:54/8:42 min/mile average
4 miles @ 39:47/9:56 min/mile average
Race day! As I wrote here, I ran the Pasadena Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon and surprised myself with a 2 minute PR. Nathan was super excited about it too, and decided to rock his Future Marathoner onesie that Marissa gave him. (I know, I'm repeating photos, but I just love this one so much)
13.1 miles @1:45:26/8:03 min/mile average (official results)
Total for Week 5= 34.85 miles