7 Weeks to go…
So many good things this week! First, I hit 49.6 miles (totally should have done another 0.4). As a former (very) low mileage runner, 50 is still a milestone for me when it happens and I was so close! We went to Greenville this weekend to visit friends and my heart was so happy to be able to do my long run on my old routes, but that also meant all the hills. So combine that with Wednesday’s hill workout and this week really was all about HILLZ.
Monday – Tempo 5 @ 7:10: 9.25M, 7:40 min/mile + yoga
I was nervous going into this workout…
But it works out well to start the week with a tempo because after a Sunday rest day, I am always anxious for a tough workout on Monday. I told myself to just try to relax and settle in to the pace and not go faster than the goal. The first 2 miles were relaxed and smooth. By the third, it felt like it was more effort, but then it didn’t get worse from there. I kind of held on to that “working but not dying” effort for the last 2 (minus a super quick bathroom pit stop after mile 4). Tempo miles: 7:09, 7:07, 7:07, 7:08, 7:03. This is the longest/fastest I have ever tempo’d outside of a race!
I was up WAY early for this run so I could get to yoga with Brad at 6 a.m. and it never fails to be the best way to follow up a hard run.
Tuesday – 1:10 min Easy: 8.35M, 8:23 min/mile
I was excited to see the easy run get a little bump up this week. That means we are building mileage! I had to be in Peoria for work so I stayed with Brad’s parents, which is nice because it’s easy to do a quick 30 min. loop with Walter, then drop him off and finish up. Once I was on my own, I did an out and back on the country roads so I could hit some rolling hills.
Wednesday – 2×1 mile “Big Bertha” repeats @ 10k pace: 7M, 8:04 min/mile + yoga
Derp. So the first thing you should do when attempting a new workout is READ the instructions, right? Coach gave me the option to do a treadmill hill workout (barf) or go to Waterfall Glen and do 2 repeats up Big Bertha (~1 mile hill with three tiers of inclines). I obviously opted for the outdoor option, so Char and I got up early and made the drive down. It was already 80* and absurdly humid at 6 a.m., so after warming up, we ditched our tanks (despite being nerds in matching sports bras) and tackled the repeats. Unfortunately I read the workout wrong and didn’t realize it until I was reporting back on my times. Instead of being at 10k pace, it was actually supposed to be between 10k – 1/2 marathon pace. So while I was killing myself (and Char) trying to truck up the stupid hill at 6:55 min/mile, I should have been running up it between 20 – 30 seconds slower than that. First repeat was 0.7 mi at 7:07 pace. After the first one, I was pretty much toast and was dreading the second one. Second repeat was 0.85 mi at 7:16 (ran through the end a little further). So the second repeat is probably where I should have been afterall, but after going way too hard on the first one, it was definitely more of a survival at that pace than “oh, I hit it right on target”. This workout was HARD. Probably the hardest thing I have done in a really long time. But, I sorta kinda loved it.
After a somewhat frustrating day of work and yet another day of being in the house with remodel craziness/furniture deliveries, I went to a much needed yoga class that evening. It ended up being the best class I have ever been to. Partly because I really connected with the instructor’s message for the class and partly because I enjoyed her style of teaching. It was amazing and exactly what I needed. I am learning that my yoga practice is similar to my runs in that I have good and bad days in how I feel in my strength, flexibility and balance.
Thursday – OFF
Work, rest and travel to Greenville.
Friday - 2:20 – 2:30: 18M, 8:20 min/mile
I got started a little later than I wanted and thought I would be baking by the end, but I forgot that running in Greenville = SHADE. So despite it being warm, it really wasn’t all that bad. I did chafe to hell from my fuel belt though. I haven’t worn it since we moved to Chicago since there are water fountains everywhere here and I completely forgot Body Glide. I started slow-ish on the hills and tried to get stronger throughout. After mile 11, I told myself to keep all miles <8:20 and the last 3 were 8:02, 7:52, 7:45. I usually try to get my last 2-3 miles of long runs around MGP, but haven’t really had the energy left in most long runs this cycle, so it felt good to finish strong.
Saturday – 60 min Recovery: 7M, 8:48 min/mile
Since I did some flip flopping to get the long run in Friday (so that I wouldn’t have to do it after what I knew would be a late, wine-filled night on Friday), my second easy run followed the long run rather than a rest day. My instructions for this run were to keep it SUPER easy and treat it more like complete recovery vs. a normal “easy” run. The route in the neighborhood where we stayed was absurdly hilly so I tried to keep the effort as easy as possible and just loosen my tight legs.
Sunday - OFF
Totals: 49.6 miles