This week did not start at all as I planned, but just like I said in my new plan post, you can’t be prepared for everything life throws at you and have to adapt when it comes to training.
After a rough start it ended up being the best week of running I have had in a long time!
10 miles with fartleks 8 easy
I got up Tuesday morning to get my fartlek run in before work (and before the stupid heat!) but I could tell Chris wasn’t feeling very well the night before and when I touched his face I knew he was sick. I checked online to see when the urgent care opened because I could tell he needed to go to the doctor, but we had some time to kill. I was worried about him, so didn’t go running but stayed home to make sure he was ok.
As soon as the doctor opened we were there and he got right in. He had a pretty high fever and was not doing too well. Long story short, they ended up treating him for whooping cough (which he ended up not having – who knows what it was), but it was quite a process. Labs, chest x-rays, and a couple prescriptions later, we were finally back at home around 1pm (he is back to being healthy now!). Gah. I ended up not going into work and taking my own nap after such a draining morning, but went to lululemon run club a little early to get some miles in.
It was over 100 that day and my little baby 3 mile run before run club almost did me in. I drank a ton of liquids in between and ate some chomps and ended up feeling better. I ran another 5 miles with the group and called it a day. I was actually very happy for getting as many miles in as I did!
8.1 miles/1:15:15/9:19 avg pace
easy progression (last 5 moderate)
Since I didn’t get the run I was supposed to get in the morning before, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do Wednesday, but I had a morning run date with Kristin and Lauren. This run ended up turning into a progression run with our last 5 miles averaging 8:37, so I used that to substitute a later week run. Things were working out after all.
10.0 miles/1:28:38/8:51 avg pace
8 progression 10 with 8x30s @ 3k pace fartleks
I used Thursday to make up Monday’s run and everything evened itself out! Funny how that happens. I headed out early again and was so thankful for a cool morning. The weather was perfect and my legs felt great from the get go. On the way back I did my fartleks and my legs just didn’t want to slow to an easy pace in between so I went with it.
10.0 miles/1:26:02/8:36 avg pace
6 easy + hill sprints
I got out of bed late after a not great night of sleep and didn’t think I would end up doing 6 miles but I did! I threw in a few hill sprints when I got to a couple hills on my run. Typically Hudson has you do these at the end of a run, but I didn’t have time to drive anywhere and don’t have any hills at the end of my run, so I did what I could and was happy.
6.0 miles/55:50/9:18 avg pace
I used to do my long runs around this pace (or even faster) most of the time, but slowed myself down a bit this year for my long runs. Although I still understand the reasoning behind running them slower, and do think it’s good to have some easy long runs in a training cycle, this run just felt great and boosted my confidence again. I was having a hard time getting out of the slower pace, so to know I can still run at this pace on a tough course made me very happy and also revived my running spirit a bit.
20.0 miles/2:53:34/8:40 avg pace
My legs actually felt pretty good after the 20 miler which is always nice. They were a little stiff when we started but this run shook them out and I felt much better after. I ran with Alyssa, Layla and Megan and we had a great time chatting away!
6.0 miles/56:35/9:25 avg pace
Total for the week: 60.1 miles!
I am so happy with this week. I adapted to life, got in all my runs, killed the long run and had a ton of fun too. I am definitely feeling like my old self again and it feels good.