Week 8 of my training plan for the Glass City marathon is done. That means I am half way to race day! (which is a bit scary at this point!) This was an interesting week for me. Two vaccines. Also, I caught a cold from our ski trip, so this week involved a lot of congestion and a stuffy nose for me. But I also had some good workouts, and a big dud. I ran 40 miles this week.
Mon – 5 easy miles. Happy Presidents day! That means a day off for me. It was unseasonably warm here in the afternoon, but I ran in the morning like normal. There was still ice hanging around on our sidewalks.
Tues – 8 miles, speed work. This would have been a great success, because it was a speedy run, but unfortunately it was supposed to be a “race pace” run, so in that respect I didn’t hit the mark on this one. Going faster than I’m supposed to does put this in the speed work category, so that’s what I’m calling it! I blame not being able to see my watch all of the time and not wanting to be late to work! Also, I thought 50 degrees sounded cool, so I overdressed. After a few miles I had to ditch my shirt. To be running in only a sports bra in February felt great!!
Since it’s 2-22-22 day, my employer bought us tacos (for taco-twosday!). And, we got TWO vaccines after work – my COVID booster and also the shingles booster. Followed by more tacos and a margarita 🙂
Weds – Rest day! As expected I woke up feeling very tired from my shots. Sore arms, sleepy and some chills. Latching my bra was quite the struggle 😆 Luckily it was work from home day so no need to go anywhere! By 3pm I needed a nap. After a solid hour of sleep I felt much better.
Thurs – 11 miles, a double day! Mostly recovered from the vaccines, but I did have a swollen lymph node from my COVID booster (sore underarm). I had already signed up to sub coach with my favorite group at the track, but I wanted to run in the morning so I ran the easy 5 miles that I missed from yesterday in the morning. My evening track workout was 2 x 3200 and we ran a little over 6 miles total. Everyone did great!
Fri – Rest day! I did go to the gym. Alan and I took a walk down by the river and saw these new treehouses built by the metroparks. They are cool looking, but very small. I guess they will start renting them in the summer. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that!
In the evening I took the kids to the high school musical, the Addams Family. I’m always so impressed by the quality of the shows at the high school. I’m also shocked that these are high school kids performing!
Sat – 16 miles, long run. I’ll cut to the chase on this – it sucked. Was it because I had a cold all week? My legs were sore. My feet felt heavy. My hips/glutes/quads hurt. I hoped I wasn’t going to repeat last week’s bad run, so I mapped out a decent route. Yet, this felt like a struggle by mile 3. By mile 10 this involved a lot of walk breaks. I felt like I didn’t have enough endurance to continue running. The average pace was 10:17 which isn’t bad, but the execution was just bad bad bad. Ugh. I’ll have to come up with a better plan for next week. My long runs are not going well!!
I crossed paths with my husband. I’m sure we were only smiling because we got a break from running. His run was a bit of a challenge too.
After this run I’ve decided to return my new shoes. I put a lot of miles on my Saucony Triumph 17’s, but these new 18’s just aren’t working out for me. Time to look for a new “long run” shoe!
So after a few weeks of bad long runs, I really hope next week will be a reset for me and it will be a good run. They can’t all be bad runs, right? The situation is becoming a bit disheartening! But on a good note – I think my cold is gone now 🙂
I just saw this on my WordPress app. 10 years ago? Holy crap, really!
Q: Did you take part in your high school’s musical?
I did not. It would have been fun to help out with the set though.
Q: What shoe do you use for a long run (or daily trainer)?