I can’t believe it’s already been seven weeks. I guess time flies when you are running ALL THE TIME. This week wasn’t a mileage increase, which I wasn’t mad about and I feel much better at the end of this week as compared to last week. I think my body is starting to adjust to the level of activity.
Monday: Speed workout at the track. So, last week I felt that I could have done better on speed work. Not that I didn’t mean to push myself last week, but I’m still figuring what my different exertion levels are when it comes to speed. I pushed myself harder this week for the 8 x 600 workout and I definitely felt the difference. Like, I wanted to vomit a few times during laps. But my paces were on point and even though not every lap was the target time, I definitely felt SPENT when I ran my last speed lap. I know I worked harder than last week.
Tuesday: The day of rest. If I could slow down time, it would be this day.
Wednesday: Five mile tempo run. Just for grins, I did this one on the track this week. I live in an area of Arlington that literally on the top of a summit. I’ve got a ton of hills on any route I run from my home and I just wanted a flat run. But, since this was all flat, I ran faster than my target pace. I’m suppose to do a 9:50 tempo run – this week was 9:30. I also ran each mile a little faster than the one before. I didn’t actually mean to do that.
Thursday: Easy four miles on the schedule. I did 4.1 at a nice easy pace (10:56.)
Friday: Easy 6 miles – I did 6.4 miles at 10:39.
Saturday: This was supposed to be a 10 mile long run – but we’re in a heat wave. My target pace was 10:29 – 10:36. I ran with the running group and I knew it was going to be tough in the heat. The first half of the run was good in terms of pace. But, the second half was AWFUL. I really wanted to uber it home. Had it not been for the company, I probably would have thrown in the towel at about mile 6. I had to walk some towards the end due to cramping (mostly.) Ended up doing 9.4 miles and my overall pace was 10:46. Not great, but since it’s HOT AS HELL, I’m going to give myself a break.
One thing I did right today was my post-run refueling. I’m really bad about eating after a run. You’re supposed to eat within a half hour and it should be a certain ratio of carbs and protein. By the time I get home, do the ice bath, walk the dog, etc. it’s been well over an hour before I eat and I definitely have a more protein heavy meal. So, this week, I made banana bread (paleo) and added whey powder to up the protein. I had that and watermelon water as soon as I got home. Let me tell you, I could actually feel my body start to feel better as I was consuming this. I’m so all about recovery meals now, though.
Sunday: On Sundays, I sleep in. I get up early every damn day (between 4 – 5) and Sunday is a shorter run that I can deal with on the treadmill. A little over four miles and I’m done for the week.
Total miles this week was 38. Feeling pretty good