Another week, another pile of miles! This week took me up to 6 days of running. Still hanging in there! I did end up committing to the full at Glass City Marathon and not the half. Truth be told, there’s plenty of time to change events, so it’s a safe choice 😉
- Miles run = 42.5 (20.5 outside, 4.5 indoor track, 16 treadmill!)
Monday – 5 miles easy, treadmill. I’ve been noticing that my Monday morning runs always feel stiff for almost a mile. Maybe that’s due to my rest day on Sundays? Maybe I need to get some other cross training in to keep my body in motion. Random topic – was anyone else balancing brooms around their house?? LOL
Tuesday – Track night!! 4.5 miles. I had a sub coaching gig at the track, and I was psyched to put my newly calibrated foot pod to the test!
I had a workout programmed on my Garmin, but at the last minute I bailed on it and decided to just use the “Intervals” program on my watch instead in case the foot pod wasn’t measuring distances correctly. The workout was 4 x 800, and 4 x 400 with 1 min rest. The goal pace for my group was 8:39-8:49. As you can see I did run a bit fast, but that was really just me misjudging my speed. I think the paces were spot on because I was manually hitting the button when I did my laps, and they were always very close to the right distance.
I wasn’t looking at the pace while we ran, just going for a time of “65 seconds” each time around the 200m indoor track (in case the foot pod was off). It was all good though, and the pace was a good effort for my group, without going overboard.
Wednesday – 5 miles easy, treadmill. I did question whether running the AM following a track workout at night was a good idea, but I woke up with a headache 10 mins before my alarm and I determined that was a sign! There was no sleeping with that headache, so I hit the treadmill. The run felt good. My body is adapting well to the increased workload. This is the first week of the training cycle that is 6 days of running.
Thursday – 6 miles, treadmill. After my successful track night I had high hopes for this run! In reality, this run was a big “fail and bail”. Was supposed to be 7.5 miles, with 6 miles at race pace & a bit faster. After just one mile of race pace, this run quickly went downhill and I was exhausted. Ended up quitting the plan after 3 miles and even WALKED on my treadmill to rest. Stopped my run at 6 miles and called it a day. So far these pace runs are not living up to my expectations. Whomp, whomp. You can tell by my red face that I did give it a good effort! ha! [I guess that’s more like overexerting…]
Friday – 4 easy miles. Brrrrrrrr! I was not only wearing gloves AND mittens, I even wore a layer of fleece on top. Even so, it was chilly, but the sun was wonderful. No complaints!
Saturday – 16.5 miles, long run! This was going to be just 16 miles, but then I realized I had dropped my mitten and had to go find it after I finished. Luckily it wasn’t too far away because I was sore!! Ouch.
I ran with my friend, and fellow RunToledo Ambassador. It was perfect timing because I had zero interest in running this far, and she was looking for a running buddy. It worked out well and held pretty steady paces for most of the run. It was super cold (feels like -2). We did get to pass all of the Dave’s MIT training groups because they were using the same trail. Fun to see everyone getting their miles done!
My extra miles were also fueled by a crisis I was having… my cat was LOST! Luna is always my shadow and Friday night she did not appear when it was bedtime. She is an indoor only cat, and we couldn’t remember the last time we had seen her on Friday!! I checked everywhere in the house and still couldn’t find her 🙁 When I returned from my run I texted all of my neighbors, started the search again, and propped open the garage door. Sure enough, we found her in the garage shortly after that. I’m still not sure if she had just snuck out the door when we were unloading groceries and spent the night in the garage, or was out outside all night. Either way, I was sooooooo happy to see her!!!
Sunday – Rest day. Self care day. Keep my body moving and gentle stretching! Feeling a bit beat up after yesterday’s run, so keeping it low key today. Great news! We loved the bathroom gear hook so much we installed another. Now we have a “his” and “hers” 🙂
Q: Did you balance a broom at your house?
So silly!! My kids believed it.
Q: How many pets do you have? Cats/dogs?
Two cats at our house. I promise not to lose any more!!