What a week. I learned that the “ringer” volume is not the same as the “dashboard” volume on the iPhone. I slept through my alarm twice. Fortunately, I was able to make up Monday’s run midmorning when I got to work. I took an unplanned rest day on Saturday (when I usually do my long run) because of the weather. Normally, outside conditions don’t hold me back, but I knew the tow path, where I usually run, would be iced over and the main roads weren’t plowed well. But I’m at a place now where if I take some time off, I don’t fall apart (mentally or physically). Although my Saturday morning pancakes felt weird when they weren’t preceded by 10 or 12 miles.
Monday, Feb. 26
3 miles, 3xHill, 8:17 average
I wanted to get in some long, slower hill repeats, and I had the perfect hill in mind. Then I slept through my alarm and made do with the hill by my office. It leads up to a mountain, so while it wasn’t what I’d planned, it was hard. I would have liked to run more repeats, but I could only be away from my desk for so long. Hills are daunting, but I swear by them. And so does my booty.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
6 miles, 5xStrides, 8:19 average
Normally, Tuesday is a rest day. But I knew I wouldn’t get out on Wednesday so I snuck out midmorning for my favorite six-mile route. It was a gorgeous spring morning. I felt strong and decided to take a page out of Barley’s book and add a handful of controlled strides.
Thursday, March 1
4.5 miles, 12×200, 7:45 average
Track day is my favorite day. While I’m not technically (ha!) training for a 5K in a few weeks, I’ve been focusing my speed work to 5K and mile times. This one was a fun one:
4×200 at 5K minus 1-2s, 4×200 at 5K minus 3-4s, 4×200 at 5K minus 4-6s | 48, 49, 46, 49, 45, 46, 45, 46, 43, 45, 43, 43
As you can see I was a little all over the place trying to nail the splits. I felt good, but I trying to hit paces that are a second or two (or three) off from what you’re used to running is challenging. Overall, I’m pleased with the effort.
Friday, March 2
5 miles, 8:20 average
Normally, Friday is (also) a rest day. But I’m testing the Adidas Solar for work and wanted to get a few short miles on them. Plus, I had the chance to run with someone speedier than I am, which is always good! Confession: we ended up running my pace. Sorry, Steph! We plodded through freezing rain, and it’s a good thing we went when we did: Pennsylvania got hit with another crazy snow-and-wind storm later in the morning. (In fact, we signed for our house right when it started getting bad, making those big trees our concern!)
Sunday, March 4
3 miles, 7:38 average
My husband is starting to get back into running (yay!) and he gets Sunday mornings. But because the snowy and icy roads took my Saturday long run, I snuck out for a few quick miles after Jeff got back. I wanted to get some snap in my step and also test the “snapiness” of the Solars I’m testing. I was pleased with my miles: 7:45, 32, 36. And while I know I’m a long way from my targeted marathon pace from two years ago (7:45) I had to laugh at today’s challenge for just three miles.