SFM Training: Week 7

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

10 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


20 long

Awesome 20 mile run on the SFM course with Alyssa and Katie!

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


6 easy

Blogger meet up!

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.

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12 Responses to SFM Training: Week 7

  1. Smurf June 27, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Great week! And, yeah, you did an awesome job of working around life.

  2. Cate June 27, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I am so impressed that even with all the stuff that got in the way, you managed to run sixty miles!

  3. marlene June 27, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Sounds like it turned out to be a pretty good week afterall! Glad things worked out for you, and way to go on some great runs all around!

  4. betsy June 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow, you are incredible! I can’t get over how hot is is by, you. I will remember that when I complain about the 73* I ran in yesterday.

  5. heather June 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Nice week! So jealous of all your fun running courses and friends. :)

  6. Corey @ runners cookie June 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    So glad Chris is feeling better – high fevers are definitely scary and not fun. Life often gets in the way of our running plans, but I think it’s a healthy thing to be okay with that and know when other things need to take priority. Looks like you had a great week of running! I think I’m going to start going to some lululemon run clubs near me – just found out where the nearest one is and applied to be an ambassador thanks to you :)

  7. Carolina John June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    60 miles in one week is insane. Good job knocking them all down! i have to fight slow paces or recovery runs too. i always want to speed up.

  8. Holly June 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Woah- rock star running week!! Great job! I’m with you on the longer runs at a faster pace helping with the mental part of running.

  9. Molly June 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Congrats on an AWESOME training week! You are a big inspiration for me just through finding and following your blog :)

  10. Rachel June 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    what a week! you never cease to impress me : )

  11. Sarah June 28, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    60 miles?!?! Oh my goodness I can’t even imagine getting that kind of milage in. That is insane in the best way possible. You had an awesome running week!

  12. Kelly June 28, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    hoooray for a great running week and not letting life’s “stuff” and having to tweak your plan get to you! Super jealous of your great 20 miler – I actually can’t wait to run them again!

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