Sunday, October 28, 2012
I am training for the Illinois Marathon April 27th. I am really hoping for a PR at that race and would LOVE to break 4 hours. My workouts this week were:
Sunday: 14 mile hilly bike ride. Local Tri-Jesus Sprint Tri course plus a little bit more.
Monday: 5 mile Fartlek workout. 1 mile warm up 4 miles 30 seconds on (5K plus pace) 60 seconds off- recovery pace. This was really fun. I did it with my speedy running pal Sarah. I timed the 30 seconds and she timed the 60 seconds. Very fun workout!
Tuesday: 1 hour spin class. Only my 2nd spin class ever! I did not know I could wear my cycling shoes. I will need to take them next time!
Wednesday: 6.7 miles @ 8:53 pace felt terrible! Worst run I have had in a while. Felt really bad and wondered if I might even be getting sick. I allowed this run to upset me a lot. I need to learn to roll better with the good days and the bad days.
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 4 miles @ 8:29 pace... 4 x 30 second striders at the end. A day of rest Thursday must be what I needed needed. I felt great!
Saturday: 9.76 miles @ 8:38 pace. This was supposed to be a 10 mile run. I met my running group at Starbucks to start at 5:00 AM. Temp. 32. My workout was to run in between 1:20 - 1:30 total time. This was kind of a bummer because no one else was running that fast for this run so I was alone nearly the entire 10 miles. The last mile I was running hard to try to finish as fast as possible and I tripped and fell. My hands were cut and bleeding not to mention how the rest of me felt after falling face forward! Bam!
I decided to stop and NOT do the last .25 mile!
This was a BIG deal to me because I can not stand to stop before my garmin says 10 if the distance it meant to be 10! But I thought "Hey cut yourself some slack that was a hard fall." and I walked back to meet my group for coffee and conversation. I did this run entirely in pitch black darkness. I do have a headlamp and other safety light that I wear but this was a reminder that running fast in the dark can be dangerous. Heck, I fall enough on my runs in broad daylight!
The week was topped off with a great pot-luck breakfast with my running club after many of them did a 5 miler in their Halloween costumes! I passed on running in my costume this year since I was running far and trying to hit a certain time but I was not going to miss the breakfast!
Have a great week everyone!