Week in Review (4/29-5/5)

I love reaching a goal! This week was hard, but the hard work paid off in my first 70+ mile week!  I’ve been in the 60’s before but never for long, maybe a week here and a week there, but never broken the 70 mark so this is a real milestone for me (pun intended).
I had a few really awesome runs this week, even with the weather being spotty compared to the last few weeks. I was able to do 3 days of 2-a-day this week, which I think is about the right number, 4 will be good once in a while, and it’s okay if I end up with 2 some weeks, but I know I can keep three consistent and not be over exerting myself.

Sunday:

Run 1: 7.55 miles in 59 minutes. Truly slept in for the first time in weeks, so this was a late start (12:30 in the afternoon) on a cloudy afternoon.  I had a decent easy pace (considering my 16 miler the morning before) and I could feel this would be a great week. Did an hour of upper body at the gym afterwards.

Run 2: 5.28 miles in 44 minutes, picked too hilly of a route and over exerted myself a little (a lesson I should have learned from last Sunday, but I was just too ambitious!) I had the bad moodiness/jerkiness that I associate with too much training and not eating quickly/enough afterwards.  Lesson learned, if I’m doing a time consuming dinner I need to drink some Gatorade-like beverage or a chocolate milk right after the 2nd run.

Monday:

Run: Workout! 10.33 miles in 1:17,  I could not will myself to get out of bed this morning so wound up skipping my planned morning speedwork followed by lower body at the gym.  I didn’t want to miss 70 again this week so I got myself out after work: 2.5 mile warmup 3X800 (sub 6’15” mile pace on the intervals) and then took it pretty easy to finish out the 10 miler.

Tuesday:

Run 1: 7.39 mile in 57 minutes, easy pace, beautiful morning, was a bit hard to get moving considering the hard evening workout I had the night before, but I kept in the fast end of my “easy run” pace

Run 2: 5.71 miles in 48 Minutes, slow run in the rain.     This run solidified my love of running in the rain, I thought I only liked it when I could wear headphones and ignore how soaked I get, but I genuinely love it!  There were a bunch of great vistas, because the sun was getting low over the Olympics and shining under the clouds, through the rain.  Even got a rainbow out of it.

Wednesday:

Run 1:  Workout! 7.45 miles in 53 minutes, kicked my butt! 1.5 miles to warm up, 3xMile intervals at 6’15” pace followed by 2 miles or so of cooldown, these longer intervals really take more mental fortitude than the 400 or 800s, I have to push through the burn to keep pace and I love it.

Run 2: 5.57 miles in 43 minutes, Had trouble keeping my pace down, I was on my old 5 miler route from my last bout of race training and I kept having to consciously throttle down, It’s difficult to remember that going slow is sometimes good for you.

Thursday:

Rest: My usual rest day walk, (4 miles) in the rain for a good chunk of it so I didn’t get to read like I usually do.

Friday:

Run: Tempo workout! I warmed up for 15 minutes, did 45 minutes at about 6’40” a mile and then had a 12 minute or so cooldown, Tempo runs are always hard but I always feel so pumped after, they really get me jazzed and make for an awesome start to a day.

Saturday:

Run: 15.87 miles in 2:07.  I’m hating these early starts on Saturday, but with my current schedule if I want a long run I’ve got to get up around 6 to do it.  I got out the door late but still managed to do the 15+ I was shooting for.  Missed my ice bath because of timing, but I didn’t see/feel any issues from it after.

I ran 75.23 miles, over 6 days of running, with an average pace of 7’43”.   I ran farther and faster this week than the last!  I’m hoping for another faster week this week but probably won’t add any significant additional distance for a few weeks. I’ll most likely be staying between 70 and 80 miles at least until June, then we’ll see if I’m ready for a mileage boost.

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3 responses to “Week in Review (4/29-5/5)

  1. Well done on reaching your goal. It’s interesting that you can tell when running makes you moody and that you need to eat something soon after. Also, what are the Olympics? Mountains?

    • I think the mood issue is mostly a blood sugar thing, If I work too hard and haven’t had enough food during the day I’m just a jerk until I get some food.

      The Olympics are a mountain range across Puget Sound from Seattle, they’re always snow-capped and beautiful.

  2. Pingback: Week in Review (5/13-5/19) | Geb Brown

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