There are things I love to do besides run, but you wouldn’t know it. With back-to-back long runs this weekend, I found myself awake with insomnia worrying about how I was going to get it all done, on top of commitments to celebrate birthdays with my family, cheer on my brother as he ran his own marathon, and shop for a dishwasher. Somehow I manage most of it, although Sunday’s run left me more exhausted than I’ve felt in a long time, and I’m currently sitting in my dining room surrounded by chores left undone. Thankfully, today is a rest day, so time for some tunes & dish-washing (alas, by hand – dishwasher shopping did not actually happen)!
Monday – rest from running, 1 hour Power Sculpt
Tuesday – 5.2 miles easy. Dropped my car off at the shop in the morning and ran home from work.
Wednesday – Speedwork on the treadmill (started watching Netflix’s Stranger Things): 15 minute warm-up, 7 x 5 min intervals, 15 minute cool-down. A bit rough to begin, but completed workout with a slightly slower interval pace than last week. Total = 8 miles.
Thursday – 10 miles easy & core
Friday – 6 miles easy was on the calendar, but I chose an additional rest day instead.
Saturday – 28 mile long run. Changed things up a little and headed out to the Marin Headlands for this run. Gorgeous & peaceful run that made the miles pass fairly easily. Ran a few miles with a friend, but most of the run was solo and rather calm and enjoyable. You can’t help but love life when you’re running in the Headlands.
Sunday – A 15 mile long run that was pretty much the opposite experience of Saturday’s blissful run. This one almost didn’t happen. I spent Saturday night at my sister’s house & barely slept a wink, cheered on my brother as he ran the Santa Rosa Marathon in the morning, then went to a local park to fit in my run before heading home. Upon arrival at the park, I had zero motivation to get out of my car, so I decided to drive home. Only after a nap at around 3pm, I finally forced myself to get up and run. I picked an exposed, incredibly boring but flat route with a newly opened bike path, put on a podcast and dragged myself along. The entire run felt like the last six miles of a bad marathon. The plus side: I can say I was heat training in the hot afternoon, simulating the end of my race. I have never run 5o miles before, but I can imagine this was close to that feeling! Celebrated the end of the weekend with beer and ahi poke tuna tacos – yum!
Total: 66.3 miles; Elevation: 5,282 ft.