Holy moly, this week was crazy! Work ramped up a notch, the boys had football, I had Girls on the Run AND I was scheduled for 10 hours of training time. Intense training time. I had to make some adjustments to fit everything in, but I got it done! Woo hoo – it is now TAPER TIME for this girl!!
Monday is my rest day and that was a good thing because I was really buried with work.
Tuesday I was still buried at work AND I had to get home early to watch my son’s first flag football practice. That meant I had to get up at 3:30 am to fit in my run. Seriously: 3:30 am. I ran 9.4 miles (8:43 pace) and then high-tailed it into the office. I don’t normally run that early, but I do have to admit the darkness, stars and silence were pretty awesome. I’ll also admit I felt like a bit of a hypocrite since my post re the importance of getting good sleep published the same day and I was running off only 4.5 hours of sleep! I really do believe in all I wrote, sometimes it is just impossible to execute. ;)
Wednesday I was dragging. Holy cow was I feeling Tuesday morning’s 3:30 wake up call. But no rest for the weary – I had lots to do, so again I was up bright and early (this time 5, not 3:30!) to log my “strength intervals.” I was scheduled for a 10 minute warmup; 2 x 3 miles at 7:23 pace; 10 minute cool down. Well, this was REALLY hard and I couldn’t quite hit my interval paces (7:35, 7:24, 7:24, 7:33, 7:41; 7:22). That was a bit of a bummer, but unsurprising given how little sleep I was working off of. Ended up with 9.3 miles total (8:02 average pace).
Thursday was another interesting day. I had to work late Wednesday night to prepare a presentation I was giving on Thursday morning AND my poor son broke his wrist at football practice. He and my husband did not get home until 10:30 and it was just a hectic evening. So when dawn rolled around Thursday morning, I was hurting. Thankfully I only had an hour easy on tap. 6.8 miles (8:50 pace). I was scheduled for 40 more minutes in the evening, but I ended up having carpool duty for football and then had to work until 11 pm.
Friday was another early morning and I had marathon pace miles on tap! 10 minutes warm up; 8 @ goal marathon pace; 10 minute cool down. The good news was that I nailed my marathon pace miles (7:40 pace) and added on 10 minutes to help make-up for my missed run. 11.2 miles (7:57 average pace).
Saturday – YAY – I could finally sleep in! I slept until almost 9 am and then headed out for my run. I was only scheduled for 75 minutes, but I needed to make up for some lost time. So I ended up logging 11.5 miles (8:47 pace). It was hot the last hour too so I was a bit spent. Indulged in a nice little afternoon nap and then made sure I got to bed at a reasonable hour.
Sunday I got up at 6:00 am to get in my last long, long run. And my long, long, I mean 3 hours and 15 minutes! I admit I dilly-dallied about before getting out the door because, well, 3 hours and 15 minutes is a LONG time and it took me a while to mentally prepare myself to get out there. But I finally did get moving and the first hour was awesome (50 degrees and overcast). It was a little warmer the second hour, but manageable. By the third hour+, it was 70 degrees and sunny and I really had to fight to keep my pace. But fight I did. 22.3 miles (8:48 pace).
Total: 70.4 miles
Woot! That is not only high mileage for me, but it also included a boat load of quality and all paces were well under the 9 minute mark. I won’t tell you I’m not tired, but I am feeling pretty excited I was able to do what I did!