I mentioned on Friday what I had been doing for the week. I made up the 17 mile bike ride I missed, and then I started returning to a more normal amount of running this weekend. It was odd not to ride my bike, but I needed some more “me” time to just enjoy lounging around the house and getting things done. I’m promising myself that I’ll be back to my normal and committed self this week.
Last week’s workouts:
Tuesday: 20 minutes run no Garmin
Wednesday: 20 minutes run no Garmin
Thursday: 2 miles at 8:35/mile pace
Friday: 17 miles on the bike
Saturday: 10 miles at 9:15/mile over Clearwater Bridges
Sunday: 4 mile shakeout run in the neighborhood
I looked at my schedule for Sunday and also was supposed to do 20 miles on the bike and 2000 swim, and I just thought to myself, “No! I need a little more time!” I was rebelling against my plan. And after deciding not to do the bike and swim, I also decided not to feel bad about it.
My run on Saturday was one of my best this training cycle, and I have Meg to thank for that! I texted her last minute on Friday seeing if she was running, and she said she wanted to do bridges on Saturday. That worked for me! Meg is quite a bit faster than I am (her half PR is 1:41), but she said she was up for my planned 9:30-9:45 pace.
We started out a little fast, and we realized that our watches weren’t telling us the same pace. Hers was a solid :20/mile slower than mine was, which is always funny to try to figure out. She said I could dictate the pace, but somehow we never slowed quite as much as I do when I run alone. Tori said on a recent post of hers that she just runs faster when she’s with Meg, and now I can see what she means. We ran over four big causeway bridges, and we averaged 9:15 for the whole run. Our last mile was 8:52! And of course, our Garmins ended up both telling us that our average was 9:15/mile…
That speedy and hilly (for Florida…I feel the need to qualify…though it’s still hilly to me) run left my legs tired, and my four miler this morning made my legs feel like clay. Instead of the natural form of running, I felt like I had to think through each step and move my legs to get to the next position. After about half a mile things started to feel okay again, but it gave new meaning to the idea of a shakeout run for sure!
My newest task is figuring out where I’m going to be able to swim in the winter. Most outdoor pools are heated here in Florida so you can still swim even in the winter, but of course my neighborhood’s isn’t. I learned this yesterday. Now I’ll have to figure out where I can go to swim, since I don’t belong to a gym. At least now I know why I felt like an ice cube when I got out of that pool last week!
And that was my recovery week! This coming week I’ll be stepping up the running mileage more with 16.1 miles as my long run and using Women’s Half as part of my training run.
Do you run with others who have Garmin paces that vary from yours? Does it make you change your pace or try to figure out whose is “right”?
How were your workouts last week? Anything that you’re particularly proud of?