Pesto’s Training Log – 9.11.16

Final Summer hurrah, bachelorette edition

Last week I ran with people almost everyday. This week the schedule just didn’t quite work out that way. Which is totally fine, just a wee shock to the system! Instead, I needed to squeeze in my workouts around the craziness that was this week.

The hectic-ness was bought about by an early Friday morning departure to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette party at the beach. We had a fantastic weekend, and it certainly filled the social void I had running this week! With all this, I was not able to get in the cross training and strength sessions that I would have liked, but hey, tomorrow is a new week!

Monday: (am) 55min recovery run with friend, Jess, in DC followed by a delicious brunch … and lots of coffee 🙂
(pm) Something very weird happened. Somehow I managed to convince my husband, not a runner (yet!) to join me on my afternoon double. We walk/jogged 4.5miles. I feel a little guilty logging this, but whatever. Total = 10.9mi

Tuesday: (am) Track workout. 2 mi warm up, 6 x 800s (ave 2:50) with 400 jog between. 6x 300s (ave 57sec). 2.5mi cool down. This was a great confidence boosting workout. Usually I struggle with 800s, but today the suffering was reserved for the 300s! Total = 11.5
(pm) Physical therapy, soft tissue work, dry needling and 40mins of strength work mainly focused on hips and hamstrings.

Wednesday: Total rest day. After four consecutive 10+ mile days the body was very happy about this.

Thursday: (am) 8 mi @ 8min pace. The heat and humidity are back in full force. Initially I was disheartened by how terrible I felt during this despite taking yesterday totally off but then realized that I was not alone.

Friday: (am) 9 mi @ 7:57. Humidity, same shit again. Over it.
(am) Pool run, 60mins.
(pm) 3.5 mi shake out and 4x grass strides after being cooped up in a car to the beach.

Saturday: (am) Threshold-ish workout. Honestly, I was glad just to get up and get this done despite a long night of bachelorette festivities. Hydration and nutrition were not totally there today – we will leave it at that 🙂 4mi warm up, 2x 2mi pickups (6:50 & 6:45 pace) with 0.5mi easy jog between. 4mi cool down back to house. Total = 13

The biggest, most delicious ice cream can only be matched with the biggest, most cheesiest smile. This was two scoops - no complaints here!
The biggest, most delicious ice cream can only be matched with the biggest, cheesiest smile. This was two scoops?! No complaints here!

Sunday: (am) Long run, 14.3mi (7:30). The plan was to run for 100mins (ended up with about 108) but the pace felt surprisingly easy which was reassuring after yesterday’s workout and continued overindulging. Speaking of – for lunch on the way home we stopped at probably the best ice cream shop *EVER* and I got an ice cream cone the size of my head. One very happy Pesto.

Weekly total = 70miles
Mr. Pesto = 4.5miles

Cross training: (a) Pool running = 60mins (b) Strength = one session


I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience while sipping on wine & coffee in Northern Virginia. Together with my husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gracie we battle to keep the Tupperware cupboard organized for more than two days at time. I recently ran my first marathon (2:51) and am excited for what is to come. I like to ramble about running post injury, finding a work-life balance and running quickly.

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  1. Another awesome week of training! Now, I want ice cream the size of my head though!

    I love when I can get Brian to run with me. He jokes he will only do it for recovery runs, doubles, or when I’m “out of shape” but it’s nice to do occasionally for time together.

  2. Oh my goodness – it was the greatest ice cream ever + it was $4!! I’m hoping for another Mr. Pesto appearance this week, cross your fingers and toes for me.