Sassafras’s 3.25.19 to 4.7.19 Training Log

Runner in front of he Grand Old Opry House
Combining running + sightseeing

“How do you fit it all in?” I’m entering the time of year where I ask myself that question a lot. Despite an increasingly full calendar and traveling for work, I got a pretty solid two weeks of training under my belt, as I recovered from the Papa John’s 10 Miler and started gearing back up for my April half marathon.

Week of March 25

This was a low-key week since I was still in recovery mode from my 10 mile race. However, since it is not my A-race of the season, I still kept the mileage about where it had been.

Monday  – Off. I needed some extra time off after the race, so shuffled the week around. I was still wincing at taking stairs, so this was a good choice!

Tuesday – Easy 3 (10:07). Wow, running. So that’s a thing.

Wednesday – AM: Easy 4 (10:04). I felt much better. It was good to log some solo miles. PM: 1 hour yoga at my very favorite community yoga class.

Thursday – My only workout of the week, a fartlek-style short ladder down. First 3 minutes fast (x2), then 1:30, then 1:00. My legs felt snappy. It was good to get some quick turnover again! 5 miles total.

Friday – AM: Easy 3 (9:56). Overslept enough to ruin my gym plan, but still squeezed in a quick run. Lunchtime: headed to the YMCA to lift and row 1,000 meters.

Saturday – Off – unless you count planting trees! I had a work event in the morning, so switched Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday – Long runs are better with company! 8 miles at 10:08 pace, followed by a delicious everything bagel.

Total: 23.1 miles running, 1 hour yoga, 1 gym day

Week of April 1

Bigger week with schedule juggling… and my first 30 mile week since August!

Monday  – Since I would be leaving well before dawn on Tuesday, my coach moved my workout to Monday, which meant back-to-back days of long(ish) run + speed. I did 10 repeats of 1:30 on, 1:00 off. With the warmup and cooldown, it was 5 miles total.

Tuesday – Off. Traveling to Nashville for a conference… early start and a long day!

Wednesday – Easy 4 (9:50). A good way to get my bearings around our conference hotel and explore a bit.

Thursday – 6 miles as 1 mile warmup, 4 mile cutdown, 1 mile cooldown. I wasn’t terribly exciting and ran basically the same route as the day before, but with speed on the agenda, it was one less thing to have to think about.

Friday – Off. Traveling and the life minutiae that you need to do upon return is always a little exhausting, so I was grateful for the day to recoop.

Saturday – 12 miles (10:16). This one was a struggle due to chafing and just overall feeling a bit sluggish.

Sunday – Easy 3 (9:49) with an earlier start than planned to beat the rain, followed by mid-morning yoga class at the Y.

Total: 30 miles running, 1 hour yoga

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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