I really didn’t like having Mondays as a rest day at the beginning of this training cycle. I felt like I should be doing something to start the work week actively. But now, as I get into longer runs during the middle of the week and on Sundays, I am really grateful for and am relishing having Mondays off.
Tuesday, Ran 4 miles/8:15 pace
Speed run: I was surprised to have such a good pace considering I did this run after work, when I usually have less energy. I wanted to give my foot a little extra rest time after it hurt so much during my Sunday run, and it really gave me no problems.
Wednesday, Ran 8 miles/9:10 pace
Tempo run: The first half of this run was a struggle, and I was averaging around 9:30 miles. Once again I ran after work instead of before, and I was tired. I fueled with Tailwind and drank from my handheld water bottle throughout. I found an extra burst of energy in the second half to up my speed and end up with a much better result than expected. This was my first tempo run of 8 miles, and it is the longest I will go for a tempo run during this training plan.
These runs that provide more of a challenge, for various reasons, just serve to remind me that this isn’t going to come easy. I really have to work to meet my pace goals sometimes, and I think that’s a good thing – it means my goals aren’t too simple.
I have Thursdays scheduled as cross-training days, but I’ve found lately that I’d rather rest after two days of hard runs. I had a fun day at work, exploring the new aquarium in town.
Friday, Ran 4 miles/9:34 pace
Easy run: I don’t even remember anything about this run except that I did it before work, and I don’t think I enjoyed it.
Saturday, Bicep curls with weights, and sit-ups
I also worked at the cat rescue cleaning for 7 hours, if that counts as cross-training.
Sunday, Ran 17 miles/10:31 pace
Long run: Holy humidity. It was already warm and humid when I got out to the river path just before the sun came up, around 6:45 AM.
It looks very dark, but there were already several people out there, and the sun started coming up about 5 minutes into my run. I’ve found lately that I really, really hate my life for the first couple of miles of longer runs, but then it gets so much easier as I go along. I think that is better than it feeling easy at first and getting harder later.
I fueled with two PowerBar gels, Gatorade, and Tailwind. I listened to two episodes of Generation Why and then some other random podcast about celebrity gossip – lately, I’ve found I prefer podcasts over music for these longer runs. I think they are better at keeping my mind distracted from the task at hand. I was drenched with sweat at the end, thanks to the awful humidity.
I finished at 10 AM and only had time to take a quick shower before we had to get to church. Thankfully I wasn’t too achy. After church, we picked up some ice, and I took a 20-minute ice bath, my first of this training cycle.
So this was a pretty ho-hum week. No races, nothing really exciting to report; I was pleased with my speed and tempo run paces. I am glad that I have been gaining energy and strength in the second half of my long runs, even when the beginning feels so miserable. I hope I feel strong in the second half of the actual race as well.