This was week three of no actual training plan and I actually had a pretty great week! I stuck with my goal of doing one strength related exercise a day, squeezed in a few group exercise classes and had some great runs. This week also served as great reminder of why I need to stop looking at my watch so much. I made a point of trying to run by feel. I did glance at it a bit during the first half of my 20 miler, just because I was running with some speedsters and I didn’t want to blow up too early in the run. You know what happens when I just run and stop watching the clock? I run faster and I have more fun. Oh I also ordered some hokas this week. Not for me. I’ll be sending them back (as long as I can get my daughter out of the box first.)
Monday: Rest day from running. Took a core class and a legs class in the evening
Tuesday: Easy run early morning on my treadmill. Sent some treadmill selfies back and forth to my running buddies who were up at the gym doing spadework. Accountability is a beautiful thing!
Wednesday: Had to do a late night treadmill session since my husband was traveling. Did 2 mile warm up/2 mile cool down. 4 by 1 mile @10k pace with 400 m jog recovery between. Decided to shoot for 6:59 pace because I honestly can’t tell you the last time I raced a 10k. 6:59, 6:54, 6:52, 6:47. Felt great! 9 miles total
Thursday: rest day
Friday: Was planning on doing some type of tempo run on the mill because it’s stinking cold here. My friend Jeff convinced me to meet him in the 5 am hour in 15 degrees on a day I didn’t need to be up that early. Didn’t look at watch, threw in a long uphill and the run turned into a progression run. So much fun. Felt great. 7 miles total – then went to a barre core class.
Saturday: 7 easy
Sunday: 20 miles @ 8:11 pace. It was 15 degrees, we threw in a mile plus long hill at mile 15 and I felt better than I have in a long time. Great run with good friends. Feeling much better than my last 20 miler!