Salty’s Training Log – 8.26.12

26 weeks! I had a sitter for a Tuesday night: track night in my world. I hadn’t been to a workout in weeks and I missed my teammates and friends. So I packed up the Karhu Flows and headed down to the track. By then I’d raced a couple of races but hadn’t done any kind of speed work in about three months. The workout for the day was a mile time trial (an informal race) followed by full recovery and then 3 x 800. There were a wide range of runners at the track that night, so I decided I’d try the mile and see how it went. I’d jump in with the slowest people and then pick it up from there after a lap and a half if I felt like it.

Not sure who likes the purple Karhus more, daughter or me!

Coach gave us the go and we were off and when we came through in 97 (I was second to last!) I was worried it wouldn’t go well. But just as I got to the halfway of lap number two I started to settle in and I picked it up (well, effort, maybe not actual pace). I came through the half in 3:16. I felt pretty good. It felt crazy fast, but not crazy hard. I wasn’t redlining and it felt kinda good to push a little. So I kept right on at it and kept my focus on the runner ahead of me. I tried to reel him in, but this pregnant lady’s fast gears are out of commission and I held steady running a 6:32! That was a good 30 seconds faster than I had hoped. And much to my surprise I felt great doing the 800’s, feeling better and better as they went. I ran 3:21, 3:14 and 3:14. Not bad for six months pregnant and no speed work in months!

Otherwise, my week was really busy. I had three doctor appointments and the farmers market and with all that I only managed 4 runs. But you know what? I’m not going to complain. I’ll take it!

Mon: 3.25 crammed in while pushing the stroller with flat tires. My aching triceps! Doctor appointment #1.

Tue: 8.5 with track.

Wed: Off Doctor appointment #2.

Thu: 6 easy with the stroller and Ginger’s BF James.

Fri: Off – Doctor appointment #3.

Sat: Off – Farmers market.

Sun: 12.5 averaged around 8:50. Ran the first 10 with a great friend who I’ve missed running with! And then added on 2.5. This one left me hobbling the rest of the day. My hammy that was just a little sore after Tuesday was REALLY sore last night. Feels pretty darn good today (Monday) though!

Total: 30.25

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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