It’s been a pretty active week for me. With a few breaks in the weather, it was easy to be outside. Miles run this week: 34 Miles biked this week: 49. I decided to sub coach for the Dave’s Running Fall Training plan, which will end (potentially/hopefully) in a half marathon in our area. That race is still up on the air of course, but no matter what, this online/hybrid plan is getting friends back together in a safe way, and giving people an opportunity to check off boxes every day on their calendar! (btw, for some people it’s a full online training plan, so if you’d like to check it out, HERE is the link to it!) So here’s week 1 of our training….
Ok, week 1 of training really wasn’t by the book, but I did make sure to fit in a little bit of speedwork, a “long” run, and run more miles than the plan called for. LOL! Oh, and I snuck in a PR in cycling…
Monday – 6.2, 10K for a Monday! That’s not really a thing, but I’d like to start the trend 🙂 Back to sloggy sweaty running as the temp was 70 and humidity was 90%. But I was listening to a good audiobook and it kept me entertained. It’s Shoe Dog, a memoir by the creator of Nike (Phil Knight). I’m just an hour into it, but so far it’s quite interesting.
Tuesday – bootcamp, 2 miles running. Hello sweaty weather again! A good workout and I took an extra few minutes to swing by Panera to get my coffee because I’m on a free trial for a few more weeks. I’m not really into getting coffee at a store unless it’s a Starbucks treat, but for something free I’ll make the effort 😉
14 miles biking. Ladies Ride Night! This was a special night because I talked my husband into joining a few of the guys that ride at the same time in a different route/group. I certainly don’t challenge him with my speed and I thought he would benefit from these speedy dudes. Turns out, I was right! He had a great time and averaged 19.9 mph (soooooooo close!). While my group ended up with an average of 15.5 mph due to numerous road crossings and just not going that fast. But we did hit 22 mph as a top speed. Woot!
We also got treated to catering from a local restaurant after the ride. The place that serves those huge pretzels you’ve seen on my blog. Yummm. Such a fun night!
Weds – 6 miles running. Daybreak Divas group this morning. I got to run with a former coaching mate, so it was a nice chatty run. And that sunrise over the river does not get old, am I right??
Thurs – 6 miles running. What a morning! I was only going to run 3 or 4 miles, but it was so nice out that I went 6 instead. I’ll take 58 degrees any day!
45 mins tennis! After running I dragged my son out of bed for some tennis. With the cooler weather it was quite enjoyable and we did pretty good. Even if I can’t really play well, I feel like I nail it with my tennis outfits. Haha! (I did get a compliment on my skirt from someone playing tennis)
Friday – Bootcamp, 1.75 miles running. As always, a great workout. Had a new friend join us this morning, so that was fun.
Biking 35 miles, “long ride”! I’ve been a bit irked that my rides have been under 16 mph average pace. I do see faster speeds when I’m riding, but with the stops for trail crossings and streets, I always come up with 15.5 usually. So, I set out to get at least 16 mph. I changed the watch face so I’d know how I was doing because it’s a metric I usually am not concerned with. On my way out, I was going on a slightly uphill and was thinking this was going to turn out even better because I was hitting over 17 mph easy! Well, as it turns out I was being helped out by a tailwind and didn’t realize it. The way back was a little slower, and I was off the saddle climbing up the hills, but I ended with 16.6 avg mph. So happy with this!
Also, glad I had Clif bar with me because at mile 24 I needed to stop and eat due to my blood sugar plummeting. Food saved the day!!
Saturday – 9 miles, running. “Long run” day! Based on the training plan, we’re at 8 miles this week. 10 would have been good, but 9 miles was plenty based on the humidity and sun! Ugh. Still, I got a decent pace on this (9:27 avg), so that was an added bonus.
Sunday – 3 miles, recovery. I should have had a rest day, but my friend (and former running bud!) has started running again and I thought it would be a great opportunity to catch up with her so we ran a few miles before getting a big coffee. We got our run done in the drizzly rain, but when we finished, it started thunder storming and dumping rain! Phew, just in time.
Side note: I did mention that Panera Bread is offering their coffee service for FREE, right? And if you use my link to sign up for the FREE TRIAL, I will get an extension on my subscription. That’s a win/win, so consider it. Click HERE for the link. And hopefully you will get a chuckle out of this one like I did. With the cancellation of college sports and all…
Q: Speaking of housework, what is a task you loathe?
Dusting. Hate it, don’t do it often enough. Love doing laundry though!
Q: Do you ever listen to podcasts or books about running while you’re running?
When I thought about my playlist, I seemed a bit obsessed about running! Maybe I need to find some cycling podcasts. LOL!!!