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Jay?s Week That Was: April 28-May 4, 2008

Posted by Jay Silvio on May 5, 2008 12:22:13 PM

Marathon Week at long last!  I continued to cut back my mileage for my taper and by the end of the week I have so much energy I can’t sleep at night.  The marathon was a fantastic experience and I exceeded all of my expectations.  It will get its own blog entry in a few days when I have time to give it the attention it deserves.  So we shall move on to the week:


Monday – A 45 minute elliptical session.  Just like last week, I am cutting back for the taper (these are usually an hour long).  I go pretty easy.

Tuesday – A 4 mile run.  These runs are getting so short that I have trouble considering them full workouts.  I add four strides at the end because I need to feel like I’ve done something.

Wednesday – A 7 mile tempo run.  I run fast!  I try and hold something back, but I still clock a training course record.  I’m excited with how easy it felt to run fast and I know that I’ve got enough time to get rested up before Sunday.

Thursday – A 4 mile run.  I run easy and I intentionally don’t bring a watch.  I follow the run with 4 strides on grass.

Friday – 30 minutes on the elliptical in reverse.  I stay relaxed and make sure not to push hard.  I skip my usual cool down and go outside to run six strides.  They feel a bit funny after spending half an hour spinning my legs backwards.

Saturday – 3 miles of jogging (just enough to work up a sweat) and four strides at the local community college soccer field.  My good races have often followed pre-race workouts that felt a little tougher than I had expected.  I’m worried because on this day it feels too smooth.

Sunday – The Frederick Marathon!  I run 2:41:46 and place 2nd overall.  I receive a plaque for being the second place male, a trophy for being the first finisher from Frederick County, and I’ve got a check for $400 coming in the mail.  I’m even quoted in Monday’s Washington Post!  How freakin’ cool is that?  I’ll provide details in a future blog.


To say that this week went well would be a dramatic understatement.  The marathon was my greatest athletic accomplishment to date.  I’ll just leave it at that for now.

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