That little not-so-happy face above accurately reflects how I feel this week. I didn’t realize how challenging this week was on my body until I finished the long run today with two miles at goal pace at the end. I’ll share more about that in a few.
Monday was my best run to date. Ever, I think. I was super nervous about holding a tempo for 25 minutes at an 8:00/mile or under pace. I just didn’t know if I could do it. Because I’m so good at talking myself out of things, I emailed Mary another question and mentioned to her that I was nervous. She put it into perspective and said, “it’s just 25 minutes. That’s it!” It was true. It was all about perspective. I was looking at it as a mountain, and she helped changed my mentality to viewing it more as the molehill that I made out of it.
All in all, I ran one mile warmup 25 minutes at 7:56 pace, and then cooled down for a 5 mile totaly.
Tuesday I did Yoga with yogaglo again. I signed up for the free trial last week and think I might keep it and start paying. Both of the classes that I’ve done I’ve really enjoyed and gotten a lot out of. I’m not ready to drop my thought I’m not a yoga fan, but it’s moving it’s way from the “hate” to the “not so bad” list.
Wednesday was seven miles without a watch. It has slowly been turning into my favorite run of the week. I don’t have stress about my times or distance or pace or anything really. It’s also a run that I’ve started using to listen to podcasts. Do you listen to music or podcasts when you run? Normally I need upbeat music to push me, but on easy runs like that I like to replace it with one of my favorite podcasts. The two that I like the most are Marathon Training Academy and The Marathon Show.
Thursday I was back for more speed work. It’s taking over my training plan. This time it was 4 miles at race pace. It had been a long week at school and I had decided that I was going to run them on the treadmill, even though it was so nice out. But when I got home and found my “I Run This Body” shirt in my mailbox I knew I needed to do this one outside. I wanted to show of my motivational t-shirt, and it was the perfect push to get me out the door. I did 6 miles total with 4 averaging around an 8:21 pace.
Friday was a planned rest day, and Saturday was an unplanned rest day. I meant to cross-train, and then I filled my day with other stuff. I’m not going to lie, though, I’m glad I took another rest day. With the way my legs feel right now, I cannot imagine how much worse they could have felt if I did impact or strength training yesterday. I don’t make excuses for myself often, but I will here.
Sunday. Tori and I have gotten in the habit of meeting in Clearwater to run the bridges. Today was the third time we’ve done it, and it’s starting to become something I really look forward to about my weekends! It’s so beautiful out there, and the miles usually fly by. Today was a bit of a different story. We both had tired legs and felt it for quite a bit on the run. When it was time for me to hit my two miles at race pace, that was about the last thing I wanted to do. I almost thought I’d just skip it, but I remembered what Mary said about these workouts being really important. So as bad as my legs were hurting, I stopped for a minute or two at mile 9 to get myself ready, and then I went for it. My first mile was 8:24, and my second mile was 8:19. I can’t honestly tell you how I did it, but my watch says I did so I’ll go with it.
This was a long and crazy week for me, and this upcoming one is going to be even more so. I am so happy that I’m going to be having a step back week to prepare for the Florida Beaches Half next weekend. I’m hoping for a big PR there, and I can’t wait to see what all of this training has done for me.
For the Spring Bootie Buster Challenge, these workouts total 31.2 points. With my water points, my weekly total is 35.2.
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