This week was intense in many ways. A serious family health scare + work + the start of Girls on the Run (I am a coach) + kid’s sports + training = one heck of a whirlwind week. As crazy as it was, I have to say that I feel so very fortunate to have the people in my life that I do and to be able to do all that I can do.
Monday is my rest day and I felt I needed it as my legs were pretty sore from my 17 miler the day before. I did my arm weights and ended up doing some easy running in the evening since Girls on the Run started. How can I not run when I have so many fabulous running buddies?!
Tuesday I was scheduled for a tempo / speed work out, but my legs were still pretty sore. I really did not want another failed workout like last week, so rather than push it, I decided just to log an easy progressive run. 61 minutes / 7 miles / 8:42 pace.
Wednesday I was up early for my tempo / speed workout. My legs were feeling pretty fresh and it was a successful (but hard) workout: 10 minute warm up (8:57); 20 minutes @ 7:16 pace; .13 recovery (10:00 m/m); 3 x (.25 @ 6:15 pace; .25 recovery); 2 x 1 mile at 7:16 pace; 1 minute recovery; 10 minute cool down with 5 x 30 second pick ups at 6:00 pace. 70 minutes; 9 miles / 7:45 average pace. Wednesday night I ran with my fabulous Girls on the Run again. No idea how far or fast, but it was fun.
Thursday I had a fartlek workout on tap. I could have moved it to Friday, but I wanted to race on Saturday. So I decided to do it as scheduled, but to do it after work so I would have 36 hours between hard efforts. Fortunately the workout wasn’t too tough. Just enough to get some speedy stuff in: 20 minute easy warm up; 5 x (2 min @ 6:40; 1 min rest; 1 min @ 6:40; 30 sec rest; 30 sec @ 6:40; 30 sec rest); 7+ minute cool down with 4 x 30 sec pick ups @ 6:00 pace. 55 minutes / 7 miles / 7:56 average pace.
Friday I ran easy after work. It was windy, but 47 degrees! 45 minutes / 5 miles and change / 8:51 pace.
Saturday it was race time! The whole family decided to run it (yay!) and one of my good friends came out too. I didn’t have super high expectations since I hadn’t raced a 5k in a LONG time and I had enjoyed way too much red wine Friday night when my husband I went out to celebrate the fact that my sister-in-law’s cancer had not returned (woo hoo!!). It was a small race and my friend and I ended up taking 1st and 2nd place (me in 2nd). Don’t be fooled though. It wasn’t a great race for me. I faded a bit and I finished with a time no where near my PR. BUT, we all had a blast! My goal was anything under 22 minutes and I ended up with 21:55. Talk about cutting it close. 🙂
Sunday was a beautiful day. It was 50 degrees and sunny during my run. My legs were a little tight from the 5k, but overall I felt pretty good. 1 hour 45 minutes / 12 miles / 8:49 pace. Closed out the night hanging out with friends and enjoying spring-like weather. Looking forward to next week.
Total: 45 miles
Less than 2 weeks until my half marathon! To be honest, I am not feeling overly confident about my ability to PR, but I am looking forward to a fun race. I also have to admit that I am getting pretty excited about the Boston Marathon. I have a love/hate relationship with that race (mostly hate/hate truth be told), but it is exciting!