After a cutback week last week, I was looking forward to upping the miles again. It turned out to be a pretty busy week, and I ended up missing one of my runs. I still had a solid week and got the important runs in, but this week was a reminder of the constant battle of trying to find balance.
1 hour yoga
Like I said on my last recap (which was posted after this day already happened), I am going to make sure to take a full rest day going forward by doing yoga on an easy run day instead of my rest day.
6 mile road run
I ran with my friends from work and this actually turned into one of my fastest runs in a long time! It’s funny to look back to when I used to have to force myself to run slower than 9:00 on my recovery runs, which was difficult! But now if I get close to that pace, it’s so fast for me. We ended up going sub 9mm pace for the last 4+ miles and it was tough.
6.3 miles/57:08/9:00 avg
am: 6 mile trail run
pm: 6 mile trail run
This was when things started getting busy. I had a great trail run early that morning and then had dinner plans with a friend that night. No biggie, I figured I could just move my double day to Thursday.
5.7 miles/1:05:43/11:34 avg/729’ gain
10 mile trail run
pm: make up double run
I met up with Sima and Kristen for a morning trail run, then tacked on a couple more miles. It was such a beautiful morning, I am really going to miss these summer mornings! I said that on our run and Sima said hell must have frozen over. Who would have thought those words would come out of my mouth ever.
10.0 miles/1:48:41/10:50 avg/1,314’ gain
That afternoon I had a volunteer thing for work, which we ended up walking over 3 miles to and from. We spent the afternoon pulling weeds and moving dirt in the sun, so by the time it was time to go home I was toast. Then I had to sit in traffic for 1.5 hours to get home, so I was really done. Excuses, excuses. Double day cancelled for the week. Oh well!
8 mile trail run
Just a normal trail run on another beautiful summer morning.
8.2 miles/1:24:19/10:17 avg/711’ gain
15.5 mile trail race
15.5 miles/3:03:34/11:49 avg/3,056’ gain
18 mile trail run
My legs were a little stiff when I woke up, but nothing too bad. I was excited to hit the trails again and get a solid back to back weekend in. Chris joined me for the first ~10 miles and we ran one of my favorite loops. I am usually pretty good about fueling early, but I really make sure to do so on Day 2, just to help out with any energy issues.
A couple miles in my legs started loosening up and I was running along very happily. When I said bye to him, I felt better than I had all day and was excited for 8 more miles. I looped around and just had a great run, getting stronger with each mile.
18.3 miles/3:11:49/10:30 avg/2,489’ gain
Totals for week 4:
Miles: 64.0 (57.7 on trails)
Elevation gain: 8,299’
So even though I missed one run, it wasn’t that big of deal. I had great long runs and lots of miles on the trails. Looking forward to more in week 5!