We’re half way there!
1 hour yoga
I broke my rule this week of taking one complete rest day and did yoga on my non-run day. This wasn’t a very leg intensive class and was just a lot of stretching. I do not plan on making this a habit, but this week it just worked out that way. I just couldn’t get myself to run after the big weekend of runs and it made me realize how much I just simply enjoy Monday as a rest day. I am figuring out how to make this work better for me going forward.
am: 7 mile road run
pm: 5 mile trail run
Morning road run straight to coffee.
7.0 miles/1:05:49/9:21 avg
Followed by an evening run on the trails. The evening daylight is quickly disappearing and I know I won’t get many more of these runs in after work. So sad. I stuck to the fire roads this time as well because I didn’t want to venture on the single track with the sunlight leaving. Bye bye summer.
5.0 miles/49:06/9:48 avg/506’ gain
10 mile trail run
I met up with Sima for a morning trail run. We ran the first 6 together, then I tacked on another 4. It’s becoming very dark in the morning too, so I don’t know how long these are going to last. It does make for a pretty incredible sunrise though!
10.0 miles/1:51:43/11:10 avg/1302’ gain
7 mile road run
Another morning run with Sima on one of our old routes we hadn’t done in forever. I can’t say I miss these road routes at all, but it’s always worth a run with a friend.
7.1 miles/1:06:37/9:26 avg pace
8 mile trail run
I had Friday off of work and was being wishy washy all week on whether I wanted to do my long runs Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. Most of the weeks coming up I need to run Saturday/Sunday and switching back and forth can just get complicated with my routine.
I decided to not set my alarm and let myself catch up on some much needed sleep. By the time I got out to run it was warm and I just was trying to convince myself to make it 4 miles. Each mile I started feeling better and each mile I talked myself into going a little further. Then I had to make myself stop because I had things to do!
8.6 miles/1:32:08/10:42 avg/1149’ gain
20 mile trail run
20.2 miles/3:37:43/10:47 avg pace/3,245’ gain
24 mile trail run
I was nervous about this run because it was going to be a hot day in the East Bay. I didn’t want to drive anywhere to get the cooler temps so I knew I was just going to have to suck it up. I got up really early to get myself out the door as soon as possible. While getting ready, I checked my email and I got some really sad news from a very good friend of mine. My heart hurt for her and I kind of didn’t even believe what she was telling me was true, so I went about my morning and headed off on my planned run.
This day I was going solo and it turned out to be a good thing. Most of the time, I love having my friends with me, but this day it was good to be out in the hills in my own thoughts. My heart was very heavy thinking about my friend, and I thought about her and her family for hours on end. Anyone who runs knows running can be a very emotional thing. When you are out there for a long time, it just forces you to think and feel, rather than let life’s distractions distract. It lets you think deeply for a long time and just get lost in whatever you want to get lost in. I felt helpless and heartbroken for her, but strong in my running.
Energy wise I felt much better than the day before and just made sure to take it easy. Between the heat and all the miles, I knew not to push it too hard and it made for a good solid run. A long, solo, therapeutic trek through my favorite hills is just what I needed that day.
24.0 miles/4:37:25/11:33 avg/3,556’ gain
Totals for Week 9
Time: 14:50:33 (+ 1 hour yoga)
Elevation Gain: 9,939’
Next week will be another week of increasing miles and long runs before my last step back week of the training cycle (besides taper). It’s getting closer!!