Pesto Training Log 9.12-9.18.16

Thank you to Potomac River Running who provide awesome (and free!) race photos

Happy first Tuesday of Fall!

I started off last week feeling rather sick (as the entire DC area has a cold of some sort at the moment) which threw a wrench into the works. Thankfully we were able to modify things and took this as an opportunity to have a little ‘mid training cycle taper’ (I don’t even know if that’s a thing) and to focus on getting better before the bug turned into anymore of a thing. In addition, I was entered in a 10-miler on Sunday that I really wanted to put forth a good effort to gauge where I was.

Regardless if a mid cycle taper is a thing or not, it worked! Thank goodness I was feeling much better by the end of the week – I had a bridal shower to attend, a friend’s birthday to celebrate, a race to run … and now of course Mr. Pesto has come down with a bout of man-flu.

Monday: – Woke up with a terribly sore throat and fuzzy brain. 6.5miles relaxed.
(pm) 30mins body weight strength.

Tuesday: (am) 7miles, easy. Trying to ease some of the cold out, not really feeling any better.
PT –> graston, some light dry needling, and hip strength exercises.
(pm) Lift at gym, 35mins. Pool run, 30mins.

Wednesday: (am) Feeling about 80% better. Naturally time for a light workout 🙂 2mile warm up. 6 x 3min repeats at no faster than 6:30pace (did average a little quicker – but not enough to get in trouble) 1min jog between. 2mile cool down.

Thursday: (am) 6miles fairly sore recovery run
(pm) 30min pool run

Sweating or glowing?!

Friday: 5.5mile easy in BEAUTIFUL Fall like weather!

Saturday: 4.5mile easy course preview and 4x strides. Hoping that my quads will hold up on the hills tomorrow!

Sunday: (am) 2 mile warm up. 10 mile race; 1:02:12 – good for third overall lady and first in age group. 3mile cool down. It was a fairly challenging course with a couple of long grindy hills which made things awful fun. Overall, I was happy with this effort. This was only the second 10miler I’ve run so it was a four minute PR. There were not a lot of people around me so it would have been interesting had there been a few more/any people to work with.
(pm) 2.3 mile shake out.

Total miles: 55
Cross training: 4x sessions

This week consisted of both ends of the bell curve. On one end it was all about recovery, kicking this cold and getting the legs feeling a little fresher, and on the other hand, it was time run hard and see where my fitness was, as we didn’t really have a firm idea. I think that my time was a decent indication of where I am for the time being. Onwards!

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. Awesome race, Pesto! The 10 mile is a great distance, I wish there were more of them around. We did the same sort-of thing — I had a little mini-taper going into a half-marathon and a mid-cycle recovery week after. If both our coaches told us to do it, that makes it a “thing,” right? Glad you’re feeling better!

    1. I also just did a mini taper and mini recovery into a half marathon four weeks out from my full. The half went well (PB) and I’m feeling recovered now so we’ll see how the big race day goes!