I’m really late with this post, since I usually put it up Sunday or Monday, but I was busy wrapping school up and getting ready to head to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving (where I’m writing this post). But, I still wanted to share it because it’s a shift back to being running focused, and I like looking back on them myself to remember what I did leading up to and coming off of big races.
Yay for more running. That meant an extra rest day last week because I haven’t been on the bike and still haven’t found a pool to go to.
But I ran more! In fact, I ran quite a bit more! It was glorious, all 32 miles of it! I’m training for a marathon December 29th and am trying to carefully bring my mileage up to get in a fair amount of training. That meant a 16(.22) mile this past week followed up by 18, 20, and 22 in the three weekends to come.
What that meant is that there will be more easy runs than there have been in previous training cycles. Those easy runs didn’t happen this week. This week I learned a lesson of taking things slower.
Tuesday: 4 miles. This run was supposed to be easy, and my legs felt good and I ran too fast with some half miles sub 8 thrown in there. That wasn’t my smartest move, though it did help me become more comfortable with high 8 minute miles on not as tough of runs. I will say that I think I ran this harder than “easy”.
I rode the bike for half an hour after that.
Wednesday: Supposed to be 6 miles with 4 at tempo, but I used a treadmill at school that ended up being propped up on a permanent incline, and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why all my paces felt so much harder. I ran two miles at 8:20 then half a mile at 8:35, and then I just cooled down because I was dying. I can’t explain it.
Thursday: I decided to do 6 miles here with a few a little faster in the middle. Again, not ideal, but it was 2 warm up, 2 at 8:20, 2 cool down. That was my 6.
Friday: Supposed to swim. Woke up, Beth texted me and we opted to skip. Oops.
Saturday: 2 mile shakeout. My legs felt pitiful. It was pathetic. It made me worried about what 16 and the Women’s Half Marathon would be like on Sunday.
Sunday: I ran 3 miles before the Women’s Half Marathon for a total of 16.22 miles (since tangents and I aren’t friends). I’ll post a recap of that later today, but it was a great race! I had a ball! The 16.22 miles were done at 9:20 pace, so I was happy about that!
Hope last week’s workouts were good for you!
This week I’m looking forward to running the Ironman Chattanooga run course on Saturday! I’ll report back!