This was a slightly more ‘exciting’ week of training than it has been in a while. It wasn’t anything crazy, but I got a race in (first since November) so that was a nice change of pace in addition to another good week of miles.
The week started off on a bit of a salty note with running for me, I was out for my usual recovery jaunt and was planning on tacking on a bit around the block but when I got about 1/4 mile from home I was bit by a dog. It was almost 9PM, dark besides street lights, luckily I had no music or anything on so I had a LITTLE bit of warning hearing it running up behind me but there still wasn’t much I could do. What can I say, runner thighs just look tasty to animals! The good news was, it didn’t break the skin and something made it run off quickly after so I didn’t have to fight it off for long. Bad news, obviously not ideal and I was pretty shaken up afterwards. A house I have run by hundreds of times and never issues, and of course it had to happen at night. As someone who runs at night a lot, I’m usually pretty cautious and aware but don’t spook quite as easily…. but this rocked me a bit more than I would have liked.
The week only went up from there in terms of running (was a rough work week, but that is when good running weeks come in handy). I had a great workout on Tuesday (in shorts and a tank top!!!), and rounded the week out with easy stuff until the race on Saturday. It was a low key race as part of the local Freezeroo Series, but was the perfect chance to bust off the rust from not racing in a few months. I ran strong and consistent even with the rolling elevation but waited a bit too long to change gears. I finished with a 6:10 average which is still right about where I had hoped/expected to be based on training, it was advertised as 4.4 but was definitely more like 4.3- but again, a great low key way to shake things up. I have one of my favorite races in a few weeks (Johnny’s 5 Mile), so this boosted my confidence for that as a PR attempt.
Monday: 3.6 Recovery miles (8:35 avg) bit by dog
Tuesday: 9.4 Miles total w/ 2 Tempo (6:40), 8 x 400 (5:46 avg), 4 x 200 (5:43 avg)
Wednesday: 5 treadmill recovery miles (8:19 avg) + 15 minutes core/PT/Loop Bands
Thursday: 7 Late evening treadmill miles @ 0-4% inclines (8:25 avg)
Friday: Easy 3.6 miles (7:49 avg) + strides
Saturday: 9.5 ish miles for the day with 4.3 mile race (6:10 avg)
Sunday: Easy 14.6 mile long run (7:47 avg)
Week Total Miles: 53 Miles
Total Strength/fitness time: 15 Minutes
Beers Drank: UFO Apricadabra
Baby Milestones: Crawling furiously, Pulling herself up on things more