I had a wonderful, joyful realization this week. Though I maybe didn’t make the best decisions concerning training (see below for back-to-back workouts, 2-long runs, 15 mile jump in weekly mileage – I will definitely tone it down next week), this schedule made it clear to me that I am officially in better running condition now than I was three years ago, before all exercise came to an abrupt halt when I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Emboli (or blood clots in my lungs) and I didn’t know if I would ever be able to get back to that fitness or progress beyond it. Now I have, and I am SO THANKFUL. If only I could have looked ahead and seen the future, but that’s just not how life works.
Sunday (11/16): Long run day. Uninspired, I looked online for a route near my house and found a circuitous 13+ miler which wound back and forth through east portland hitting about six parks. I planned and dressed for this run in the morning, but never left. I finally got the boost I needed to get out the door at 3:30pm, as one of my roommates, seeing me on the couch stated, “You are never going to leave.” I was out the door five minutes later for a somewhat dark, but generally pleasant long run. Sometimes all one needs to get going is a little public shaming. (Run: 13.4 miles)
Monday (11/17): Swimming.
Tuesday (11/18): Luanne’s Birthday Run (Run: 6 miles)
Wednesday (11/19): Workout Wednesday (WoW). My choice this week and we had a huge crew (9 people)! I chose 3 x 2 miles with 400 rest starting at 6:30 pace. The original plan was to keep the pace around there, but we accelerated a bit. (Run: 8.3 miles)
[6:29 + 6:26 = 12:55] [6:25 + 6:21 = 12:46] [6:17 + 6:24 = 12:41]
Thursday (11/20): Some other friends were doing a workout. . .and I just really like running with other people so I joined for the warm-up. . .and then part of the workout. They did 6 x 1 mile with 200 rest at 6:00 pace. I did 1600 – 800 – 1600 – 800, etc. which felt surprisingly fine after WoW. (Run: 8.6 miles)
[6:01 – 2:58] [6:00 – 3:00] [5:59 – 3:03]
Friday (11/21): Swim.
Saturday (11/22): 90 minute run in Forest Park with a friend. Followed by a Border Clash course run-through with the Oregon girls. (Run: 14 miles)
Swim: 4600 yards
Bike: Getting Dusty.
Run: 50.3 miles