Tuesday, Ran 3 miles/8:55 pace
This is me laying on the ground. This run was slower than last week’s speed run, but this week was hotter so that is my excuse.
Wednesday, Ran 5 miles/9:27 pace
This run wouldn’t have happened if I had let circumstances and feelings dictate my actions. I didn’t get to leave work as early as planned, and I was really stressed and anxious and didn’t feel like doing it, and it was my wedding anniversary and we were supposed to go out to dinner.
But I knew if I skipped the run I would feel worse off, not better, so I texted my husband that we needed to push dinner back until later that night, then set out on the run. It was hot and I was tired, but I pushed through, I let my worries drift through my head and then pushed them out, and I felt so much better when it was over. Hit my goal pace, too!
Afterward, I came home to roses from my husband, and we went out to eat a nice dinner for our anniversary.
Friday, Rode Bike/Two miles
I was supposed to cross-train on Thursday and rest on Friday, but things got in the way, and I switched the days. I don’t enjoy bicycling as much as I wish I enjoyed it.
Saturday, Ran 10K/9:51 pace
All week I was thinking my long run was 9 miles and that I’d have to run 3 extra miles after my 10k race on Saturday. On Friday night, I finally re-checked my training plan and was thrilled to see that my “long” run this week was only 6 miles, so I didn’t have to do anything other than the race.
On Saturday morning, I got up at 7 and headed out to First Baptist Church in Shreveport, which was the starting point for the Mission: Possible 10K.
Since I was doing the race as my long run, I didn’t really have any goals as far as finish time. I just wanted to run comfortably as I would for any other long run, and not push too hard.
The course was an out-and-back 5K, and 10Kers had to do it twice. It was mostly residential streets, and I mostly just zoned out and ran how I felt. My second half was about 2 minutes faster than my first half, and I finished 3rd place in my age group of 30-39 (out of 12).
After the race, I went through Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through and got an iced coffee and bacon/egg/cheese bagel, ran home and changed clothes, then went to the animal shelter to help clean after a bunch of cats for 6 hours. Volunteering at a cat rescue is so therapeutic and relaxing for me, even though it can be hard work sometimes. I wouldn’t give it up!
Saturday night we went to my brother-in-law’s house to celebrate his birthday, and I was falling asleep in bed by 10:30. Exhausting day!
Sunday, Ran 3 miles in two halves/9:57 pace
I could have gotten up and ran before church, but I was tired and didn’t think it was supposed to rain at all (granted, I didn’t check the forecast), so I decided to put it off for the afternoon. Well, as we were waiting in line for lunch around 1 (at the best taco place I’ve ever been to in my life), my husband got a text from one of our friends asking if we wanted to go do an Escape Room game with them at 4 PM. We wanted to, so I decided to get my 3-mile easy run done beforehand. I waited an hour for my food to digest, then set out around 2:15 PM for what I thought would be a quick and easy run, leaving me with plenty of time to shower before we went to the Escape Room.
Well, shortly after I started running, I noticed the sky was very dark. Then I saw lightning, and then it thundered. Great. So I ran back to my house and put my phone away, thinking this would help me not get hit by lightning. I started running again even though it was raining slightly, and even though the lightning was not stopping, nor was it getting any further away. Finally, I decided to head back home. A woman in a car even stopped, rolled down her window, and asked if I needed a ride to escape the weather. Thankfully, I was close to my house. I stopped at 1.5 miles. I sat and waited inside for a few minutes, but it kept thundering, so I gave up. I showered, changed, and we did the Escape Room (and won), then had dinner.
After I was home for a little while, it was still light outside and of course had stopped raining and thundering. I decided to go do my 2nd half! It bugged me to cut a run short just in my 2nd week of training. So I went out almost 5 hours later and did the other 1.5 to my run.
This coming week should be… interesting. I have to work at least one night when I have a run scheduled, and we’re going out of town over the weekend. I will adjust my plan as needed.