While the rest of the country has been stuck in an icy winter blast, it was 60 degrees and sunny today in Portland. Any time I felt tired or grumpy this week, I just thought about how grateful I was to be running outside without having to worry about snow or ice!
Additionally I had a really interesting conversation with a friend who knows way more about running than I do. We were talking about the best way to prepare for The Speed Project – doubles vs. the same distance but all at once and she feels very strongly that doubles are not the way to go because of the greater potential for injury in having to warm up at a time your body is not usually ready to run, having to go through the “warm up” process twice vs. once, and also the greater impact of running on tired legs via one long run, vs. junk miles in the morning and a regular run later in the day. I’m sure some people would disagree, but I really like the technique – I only have to get ready once and I only have to recover once!
Sunday, 1/7 – 6.2 miles easy (8:06 pace)
I put off my run and ate lunch really late and then ran right after eating and felt like I was going to hurl the whole time but it was starting to get dark so I couldn’t wait and it was gross and slow and overall maybe not the best decision. I also made the Wild West Rice Salad from Run Fast, Eat Slow, which was GREAT! I put less olive oil into the dressing, only used one carrot (vs. three) and added avocado, but other than that pretty much stuck to the recipe – highly enjoyable.
Monday, 1/8 – 6.5 miles (7:22 pace)
I had some late meetings so I ran late and backward and fast on our normal loop to try and catch my friends.
Tuesday, 1/9 – 9.8 miles easy (7:45 pace)
I ran with my friend who is training for a number of races – mostly LONG races. She just got into Leadville 100 and I’ll be helping to pace her in August which is really exciting!
Wednesday, 1/10 – Workout (10 x 3 minutes fast, 1 minute slow) = 11.8 miles
Oof. This was quite the workout for the middle of a work day. We ran the fast sections between 6:10-6:40 pace and the slow 7:10-8:00 pace. Overall the pace felt fine, I just got tired because it was long!
Thursday, 1/11 – 7 miles recovery (8:00 pace)
Friday, 1/12 – 8.9 miles easy (7:50 pace)
Easy Friday run with friends – normal Friday loop plus a little extra as we’re trying to increase our weekly mileage. Also made corn chowder (pictured above with my meal planning notebook that has lasted into week three of the new year!) and cheddar & apple scones.
Saturday, 1/13 – 6.3 miles (7:20 pace)
I was going to run long with a friend but noted my weekly mileage and in favor of being smart just did a short loop by my house. The only thing of note in this run was that I tried to beat a Strava record on the steep hill, ran 6:13 pace up the thing (0.3 miles, 3% grade), eagerly plugged in my watch and came to the realization that I had actually moved DOWN rankings because two people drove the route and forgot to turn off their Strava. So I have the unofficial QOM on the segment, behind the two people in cars. Sigh.
Total Mileage – 56.5 miles