Goooood evening, spicy people! I’m coming off a 10-mile high this evening which I will write about next week. I always publish my log a day late, so I think they unintentionally sound like trailers hahaha. My 10 today felt worlds better than my 10 last week, which you are going to hear all about. Let’s call the beginning of last week a series of unfortunate runs.
Week of 1.22-1.28
Sunday- Unfortunate Run 1. 10 tired miles at 10:18 pace. The combination of my high heart rate and the 18mph wind along the beach made this feel like I was running twice my pace and taking twice as long. By mile 5 I was toast. It just felt dreadful. This was my boyfriend’s first time seeing me feel torn by a run, a double digit one at that, and he was simultaneously waiting on me hand and foot and lecturing me about how I should have stopped after I felt bad. 😉
Monday– I took an unplanned rest day after how friggin tired I felt Sunday. #noragrets
Tuesday- Unfortunate (But good while it lasted!) Run 2.
1 mile WU. 5x1K at 5:13, 5:05, 5:10, 5:04, 5:02. 1 mile CD. 5.2 total. The story behind this unfortunate run is that I spent the morning vomiting and the day fatigued, but decided to run anyway because.. What’s the worst that could happen? I vom again? The run felt pretty good, but I felt like total shit after.
Wednesday- Unfortunate Rest. Wednesdays have been my rest days for the past month, so this was no different besides having just taken one Monday. However, due to a devastating family emergency, I called it a day early and went ahead with the usual Wednesday rest.
Thursday- The week finally started looking up. I planned a 45 minute progression run with some core work. 1 mile WU. 5.06 miles at 9:29, 9:07, 8:53, 8:39, and 8:26. CD was not quite a mile. 6.82 miles total. This felt awesome.
Friday- easy 5 miles at 10:18 with core work.
Saturday- easy 6 at 9:57.
Total: 33 miles
Despite my unplanned rest day, I still beat my mileage of the previous two weeks. I didn’t mind the extra day of rest like I thought I would. I didn’t feel guilty, and judging by how well my week ended, I probably needed it! Today’s long run was full of such great energy, I hope to harness that and carry it throughout the rest of the week!
This training cycle I’m experimenting with pace more than usual and giving myself windows instead of rigid paces. It feels great! This is my first real training cycle in 14 months. I’m being patient with myself. I’m chasing a 1:50, my PR is a 1:54, and my last few races have hovered around 2:00, give or take. I may be slow to get back into it, and that’s okay. I’m still very positive about my goals for this race, but I’m making it a priority to enjoy the process this time.