Week 13 came and went. I only have five more rows in my training schedule – Chicago is a little over a month away! This was a really great week – I absolutely think that I was inspired by Jessie Graff on Monday night when she became the first woman to make it through Stage 1 in American Ninja Warrior. I have become OBSESSED with that show and I love the fact that men and women compete together on the exact same course. Watching her hit the buzzer was awesome and definitely motivating.
- Planned: 6 Miles – easy pace
- Actual: 6 miles @10:48
Monday has become a pretty regular treadmill day for me, whether it be for easy runs or strength/speed. I switched up my schedule this week because of some home improvements I’m doing and because I was in the gym for workouts on Tuesday/Thursday of this week.
- Planned: Strength workout 3 x 2 miles with 800 recovery @ 9:40 (1 mile wu/1 mile cd)
- Actual: Strength workout 3 x 2 miles with 800 recovery @ 9:40 (1 mile wu/1 mile cd)
Strength workouts are hard but I don’t mind them as much as I did the speed work. I’ve been doing strength on the treadmill (1% incline) since I combine them with gym training. My trainer decided that it was going to be a hard workout and after 9 miles I was TIRED. I started to whine – in my head because my trainer gets annoyed when I whine out loud – but was able to once again tune it out and work through my fatigue. The workout ended up being a lot of fun and I felt strong up to the last drill (which involved walking around with two 35 lb plates and doing squats with them.) After that, I was completely cooked. But I felt pretty damn accomplished after these workouts.
Rest Days are the BEST DAYS!!
- Planned: 6 Miles – easy pace
- Actual: 4 Miles @ 10:56
Today was the day the contractors came and my day did not go as planned. They didn’t finish the work which delayed me being able to run – and since I had a tempo run in the morning I cut the run short so I had at least 12 hours between runs. I figured I could make up the miles later in the week.
- Planned: Tempo run – 9 miles @ 9:50 (1 mile wu/1 mile cd)
- Actual: 2.36 miles + 2 Miles @9:50; 7.4 miles @ 9:33
I woke up on Friday with stomach issues. I tell you, I’ve had more stomach issues this cycle than last year – I’m not sure what that is all about but it’s made for some unpleasant runs. Even though I’d committed to doing my tempo runs outside for the rest of the cycle, I honestly just copped out this morning and decided to tread it. I did my warm up mile and started into the tempo mileage. After two miles, I had to dial it back a little and ended up stopping after another mile or so. Needed a bathroom break, I’ll just leave it at that.
At that point, I pretty much just decided I was going to go out and run the remaining 7 miles outside and simply just do the best I could. I even set out for my Custis Loop that has several decent hills out the route. I’m really OVER all this stressing out about the tempo runs. Well, apparently – not worrying about tempo runs seems to be the key for me to have really good tempo runs. My pace for the 7 miles was 9:33.
- Planned: 16 mile long run @ 10:29 – 10:36
- Actual: 16 miles @ 10:24
I was really happy with this run. I hadn’t been able to do the 16 mile long run in my pace range yet this cycle and it’s probably the first time EVER I can say that 16 miles felt pretty good. I ran the first 10 miles with one of my running group friends, and the last 6 I did solo. Those solo miles I was really able to push myself, where the previous week I wasn’t able to muster. I’m fairly certain the weather had a lot to do with it, but this week had been a really strong training week for me and I just had the mindset of “I know this is hard but I GOT this.”
- Planned: 7 miles – easy pace
- Actual: 8.3 miles @ 11:11
Ok, so this was a super tough run. My legs were TIRED after two SOS runs in a row but I had mileage to make up from earlier in the week. It had been such a good week that I wanted to end it on a high note and finish all my planned mileage, so I just kept putting one foot in front of the other until I was done. I honestly was so tired after that, I didn’t have the motivation to do much else that day. This was the most tired I’ve been the entire training cycle, which means it was a GOOD WEEK.
Roxy was displeased how this impacted her walk, though. She cannot wait for marathon training to be over!