Dill’s Training Log 03.14.16 thru 03.20.16

Well this was another rough week with some personal issues I’ve got going on. I’m happy to say I was able to get all of my runs and workouts in this week.  I was tempted to lay on the couch and eat my feelings, but for the most part I didn’t fall into that trap.  (There are some chips and dip that I may have to put a dent in tonight though) I may not control what happens in life, but it’s always nice when I can stay in control of my workouts.  It may sound cliché but running real can heal the soul.

Monday: 30 minute core work at fitness studio. We did 3 sets of 30 for each exercise we did.  It hurt to touch my torso until Friday.

Tuesday: Late night speed work on the treadmill. I started the warm up and my sides and abs hurt so much that I almost didn’t run! 2 mile warm up then 4 by 1 mile @ 10k pace with .25 jog in between with 1 mile cool down.  I honestly have not raced a 10k in probably 8 years, so I don’t know what my 10k time truly is.  Did some McMillian extrapolation and decided to start at a 6:49 and increase pace a bit with each one.  This was a pretty good workout

Wednesday: I was scheduled for a Barre Class a bit later in the evening.  I crammed in a quick run after work and before class.  The plan was to go for an easy recovery run, but unfortunately the only place to run was in what I affectionately call the “Holly hills” area.  This is my friend Holly’s neighborhood that is nothing but hills.  Also, because of traffic, I only had about 43 minutes to run. I was able to get in 5.34 miles and rushed into my class stinking like a horse.  The wind was so strong that day that my eyes were totally blood shot.

Thursday: rest day

Friday: early morning “Holly Hills” 7 miles with a great group of friends

Saturday: 7 easy miles on the mill – 8:40 ish pace

Sunday: 15 miles with a great group of women (Salty included.) I’ve noticed that I’ve been running my long runs at or under race pace.  I think this means a few things. 1. My race pace should probably be faster (if only I could get my head out of the way) 2. I need to slow down on my long runs. The group started picking up the pace and as much as I wanted to hang with them, I knew I needed to keep the pace easy.  I did just that and the run went well. 15 miles at 8:20 pace overall.

I'm a running mom of two little girls, who is busy balancing life, work and marathon training. It's always training season for me because I'm on a quest to run a marathon in every state, while constantly striving to be the best runner I can be. Running has led me to some great adventures and I always have a good story to share!

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