This week was a hot one. I mean, compared to last week, and it being September. I was all ready to get going on fall, and then we went back to the humidity and warm temps. 37 miles this week of running this week, and 10 miles of bike riding. After all the bike miles last week I just wasn’t into riding. Hopefully I’ll get back at it next week because I do love riding! I have 4 more weeks of training for the Columbus half marathon, and then another half in November. Here’s how my week went!
Last Sunday we went to DTE Energy Foundation Trail, which is a fun mountain bike trail. We rode for 1 ½ hours. I forgot how hard the hills were! I walked up several hills with my bike. Phew, what a workout!
Mon – 5 easy miles. Oh hey, the warm weather has returned! 70 degrees at 5:45am and this easy run was super sweaty!
Tues – 6.5 miles, speedwork. Holy sweatfest! Those temps from last week were such a tease. 70 degrees again and I was soaked by the time I got done. It was a fun speedwork session – a ladder of 1600, 1200, 1000, 800, 600 and 400. It’s encouraging to know the next speedy rep will be shorter than the last. My goal was to be faster than 8:00 and I did it! Woohoo! I’m always excited to see a “7” in my pace. And, there was no lingering pain of my sports hernia today. It’s just the oddest thing!
Weds – Rest day! Didn’t do a group ride tonight. Needed to get stuff done around the house. Whomp whomp. #adulting
Thurs – 8 miles, pace miles. This had 7 half marathon pace miles. I really need to start incorporating hills into my weekly workouts so I combined hills and my pace miles since the hills are part of the race course in November. I was super pleased when I nailed my paces! Oh yeah! I know this doesn’t look like it, but this is a steep hill that is at the end of the race. I promise, it wears out many of the runners so I want to be prepared!
Fri – 5 easy miles. Testing out some new shoes today. I like them!
#kayakfail My husband and I put the kayak in the river at a different place and quickly found out that the water in the river was only knee deep! DOH!
After that hilarious fiasco, we went back to our normal boat launch and went out for a bit before it got too warm and we needed lunch.
Sat – 12 miles long run, 9:10 pace. Ok, this was a bit too fast. I was going to sub coach, but then I wasn’t needed. So I ran on my own, and was trying the pair of Brooks test shoes that I just got. Going for a long run in a pair of new shoes sounds like a great idea, right?? The fit was fine, but a bit too speedy! A good problem to have I guess. Then I got a huge drink to rehydrate. It wouldn’t be a long run day without my Starbucks! Actually a huge coffee wasn’t the best idea either as I was kind of out of whack all day (or was it because I didn’t eat breakfast??), but I was thirsty after my run!
Sun – 10 miles biking. A quick ride to start my day. I think it will be a Cedar Point day. They are now doing Halloweekends, which is a fun decoration of the amusement park and night time haunted houses and such.
Ending with a kitten update… we got a foster kitten this week! Her name is Petunia. This little cutie is less than a pound, maybe 5 weeks old. She’s kind of like an ugly duckling right now (her eyes look so big!), but her personality alone makes her a very good adoption candidate! She’s very well behaved yet so spunky!
Q: Has the heat returned to your location?
Q: Would you prefer a ladder workout, or intervals?