Sassafras’s Training Log – 8.12.12

Week Six of the Train Like a Mother plan is in the books! In researching different marathon plans, I decided to go with the Own It! plan from TLAM. I’m not a mother, but my best running bud introduced me to Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea via their Facebook page. Gotta love their sense of humor and true passion for women’s running! Long story short, after having a good experience with their 10K plan earlier this summer, I decided to rely upon the wisdom of TLAM once again for Monumental.

I feel like this week was pretty good, training-wise. I had lots of non-running distractions going on (work busy season! home improvement fun! celebrations!), but still managed to get in the miles. All of the TLAM plans have a built-in “ditch day” each week. With a couple of busy work weeks on the horizon, I just might need to take advantage of those soon!

Monday – 5 miles at 10:26 pace. Goodness, everything was tight on this run! I was definitely feeling the after-effects of my long run/hike/canoe combo two days prior.

Tuesday – 4 miles at tempo. I was pretty happy with my tempo pace, but I absolutely went out too fast! 8 miles total.

Wednesday – Rest.

Thursday – 8 miles at 9:23 pace. I did the first 3 with my dog, the next 3 with a running buddy who lives in my ‘hood and then the last two solo. It was hot and muggy, but I lucked out and got sprayed by a neighbor’s sprinkler just a few miles into the run!

Sassy's wedding decorating skillz
Move over, Martha. Sassy’s got mad decorating skillz.

Friday – 3 miles at 10:35 pace with the puppy. This was a “just get through it” run. Exhaustion from a crazy work week was catching up to me, and even though we slept in a bit, I was super zonked. But I got it done. I honestly probably would have gone back to bed if it weren’t for the knowledge that I had a 40 mile week on the horizon.

Saturday – I switched my training plan around this weekend for a very good reason: my BFF had her post-elopement wedding celebration Saturday! I got up semi-early to help her decorate for the party. (Read: I slept in ’til 9:15 since I wasn’t running. See also above re: being childfree.) The festivities were so fun and very them: Mexican food and a laid-back vibe! Oh yeah, one more thing: sea salt caramel cupcakes are where it’s at.

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Salted caramel cupcakes: I ate mine too quickly to snap a picture. Image via

Sunday – 18 miles at 9:48 pace. Such a nice cool morning! What I love about my local running community is that there’s always a group run you can join. The two ladies I had planned to run with cancelled due to illness and injury, but I knew of a group run starting at the same time. Luckily a few people were going longer and were around my pace, so I only did the last 7ish alone. The bonus was that I got to catch up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, as well as get to know some new people. It was a great day for a run! We chose a scenic route that involved some lakeside time with fog and ducks on the water.

Total – 42 miles

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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