Endorphins FTW! #humpday #sweatyselfie (at Sutton Station)
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it turns out that not every run can be rainbows and unicorns. Some runs pretty much just blow. You have the best of intentions - you charge your Garmin, pick out a cute outfit, get some sleep, and somehow still feel like crawling into a hole after 4 miles. At least, that’s what happened during my 13 miler on Sunday. Maybe it was the sudden warmth, or my lack of good nutrition the day before, but my body just. wouldn’t. go. Luckily, Jen pretty much felt the same way (it is always awkward when one person feels awesome and the other is wishing for death). So we pounded out our 13 miles slowly, reassured that we’d had a good track workout earlier in the week and some great long runs in the previous weeks.
Monday was a nice easy 4 miles and yesterday was supposed to be my tempo run. But lunchtime came and I just didn’t want to do it. So guess what? I didn’t. Maybe this makes me a big lazy slacker (probably), but my body wanted a rest. It also wanted a burrito and a hot chocolate, so that’s what I gave it. In my defense, I did do core and body strength work yesterday.
To me, running is something I do because I love it…which is good because, let’s be serious, ain’t nobody paying for that mess. So when my body tells me it needs a break, I try to listen. Sometimes it turns out that my body is just being lazy and I push through, sometimes it really just needs a day off. And a burrito. It always needs a burrito. And as it turns out, I’m pretty excited to run today at lunch. Hooray!
This was a good week! I had some great workouts and got to run with some wonderful gals. Here’s what it looked like:
Monday: Easy 3 miles
Wednesday: Strength run - 2 x 3 miles w 1/2 mile warm-up, cool down, and recovery. Average pace for first set of 3 miles was 7:47, average pace for second set was 7:53
Thursday: 5 miles, moderate pace
Friday: 5 hilly miles, didn’t run with Garmin, but was pleased with the pace
Saturday: 8 miles, moderate pace
Sunday: 12 miles, 8:22 pace
Total Mileage: 40.5
This is the highest mileage I’ve run in a while, which sounds crazy after 55-65 mile weeks training for Chicago, but I’m trying to remember that I’m training for a half, not a full! Today’s long run makes me hopeful that I can pull of a 1:47 half in March. This week I need to focus on being more consistent with strength work and core and making sure I get in both a track/strength run and a tempo run. Oops.
How was your week?
First of all, yesterday was Draw a Dinosaur Day. I know!! Don’t despair, you can still draw a dino here: http://drawadinosaurday.tumblr.com/
Here is my creation
And speaking of raar-ing, Tuesday I did a strength run. Tuesdays are usually track days, but it was so cold in the morning that we all wussed out. I am apparently incapable of doing speed work not on a track, so I decided to dig out a strength run from the Hansons. In the interest of time, I did 2 x 2 miles, ~1/4 mile recoveries, 1/2 mile warm up and cool down. Goal time was 16 minutes for each set, 8 minute pace overall.
Mile 1: 7:41
Mile 2: 7:30
Mile 1: 7:43
Mile 2: 7:30
Hooray! I should disclose that there were a few unscheduled stop + starts at traffic lights, but I’m not about to get run over for a workout. Sorry, Hansons. You may be faster than the car, but I am pretty sure I’m not. Overall, a good workout. I’ve been really struggling with getting endurance (and confidence) back after the marathon, so I hope his helps.
Hey, I even foam rolled afterwards!
Yesterday was supposed to be a tempo run, but the ATT was a sheet of ice, so it turned into a “don’t fall down and break something” run. Maybe today…
I have to work Saturday, so I’m hoping to get an hour run in (6-7 miles) and maybe 12 on Sunday.
What are you running this weekend?