Well, this wasn’t my best training week. I missed two runs and 13 miles, but all in all, I’m strangely happy with it. While I certainly would’ve liked to get in all my workouts and hit my paces, I think what’s most important is that I listened to my body and gave it the break it needed! Around mid-week, I was just exhausted and had that feeling you get right before you get sick. I think (hope?) that taking a couple of days off was just what I needed to nip it in the bud. I certainly feel a lot better after some unplanned downtime!
Monday – 3 miles at 9:38 pace.
Tuesday – An easy 7 miles at 9:52 pace. It was 58 degrees at the start, which translates to perfect doggy running weather! My four-legged friend joined me for the first 4 miles, and I finished with some music.
Wednesday – Rest day. The timing couldn’t have worked out better since I had to be at work before 7 a.m.!
Thursday – For the first time in this training cycle, I skipped a run. I was supposed to do 8-10 miles, and my plan was to get to work early again, leave a bit early to do my run and finish in time for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Uh, no. At some point in the afternoon, I realized that given the 90 degree temps, my level of exhaustion and the amount of caffeine I’d consumed, a run may be doable but wouldn’t be a smart decision. Instead I vegged as soon as I got home, painted my nails (my ultimate relaxation), and hit the sack early.
Friday – Another ditch day. I was supposed to do 3, but decided that more sleep was in order. I felt so restored after a full 9 hours!
Saturday– My plan called for 16 miles with the middle six at race pace. My body was still feeling the effects of my crazy week and my legs specifically were aching, so I opted to wear compression sock on my run for the first time in over 6 months. They definitely seemed to help! I had an overall pace of 9:35. I only hit race pace on two of my middle miles, but I still felt like this run slightly redeemed the week from a training standpoint, especially since I ran the last 9 miles solo. I’m not gonna lie, those last few were pretty rough. I even had to stop at a random building in search of more water! Afterwards, I met a friend I haven’t seen in a long time for brunch at a little country market.
Sunday – Headed to a yoga class this afternoon!
Total – 26 miles, 1 hour yoga.