What a crazy couple of weeks. All is good on life & work front, but work is so busy and to be honest the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit at a computer.
Week of 10.6
- never miss a Monday: running long on Saturdays has been good for Monday runs. This one nearly didn’t happen as it was supposed to storm, but I made it out and I was glad as it rained all week. 5+ miles on the east side. Yeah, this is that route that never ever measures the same. Six ish is fine with me.
- Tuesday: gym. Probably PT. I don’t remember as it was ten days ago as of this writing.
- Wednesday: Rogue. The prescribed workout:
The Workout: Speed Fartlek
Runners will do 2-4 sets of a 30/60/90 fartlek. One set equals:
– 30 seconds ON at 5K effort followed by 30 seconds easy
– 60 seconds ON at 5K effort followed by 60 seconds easy
– 90 seconds ON at 5K effort followed by 90 seconds easy
- the reality: this was chilly hard fun. Fast too! I saw times I hadn’t seen since our July time trials (almost on the dot!), and this included easy/recovery. I was happy with this especially as no one was pacing me. This was on my own. I can push it when I need to. I like fall speed work.
- Thursday: off. Tickets to the amazing production of Little Shop of Horrors. Sometimes theater way better than running.
- Friday: benefit of a Sunday race is I could run Friday. I went home with Mom & Bob after Thursday’s show and had a gorgeous fall run through my hometown. The funniest thing about this route was that the first part was the route Dad gave me and a friend for riding to tennis camp to make the best of some hills between home and the courts. I was happy to incorporate and alleviate those hills for something other than my usual out and back down Broadway to the Hook.
- Saturday: off, drive to Albany and five year old’s Batman party.
Week’s mileage: 13.66 due to long run moving.
Week of 10.13
- Sunday: Hannaford Half Marathon + a couple warm up miles. Nice to have some free race shots, but Judy and Heidi’s were better, mostly because I heard them and could Ham
- never miss a Monday: lazy lazy lazy Monday. Finally got myself out the door and although my legs were sore & stiff from car ride home from Albany, ran some. It was a true shakeout run wherein I needed to stop in mile one to stretch, but was overall good. Six wasn’t happening and I’m OK with that.
- Tuesday: off, Jack o Lantern Blaze. So much fall fun.
- Wednesday: Rogue, Dellinger redux. I came down with a case of, as Liz introduced me to, maranoia. We had a n’oreaster come through and I was so worried I’d slip and fall on wet leaves especially in the super dark segment. The group was tiny and did not include me as I went to the gym instead. I realized just how spoiled rotten I’ve been with a not terrible summer. This is the first time I “had” to take my run inside since July’s heat wave. Since I began running in January, I was never anti treadmill (I was actually anti outside! ” I jogged outside for the first time. It was.. underwhelming. I realized quickly I didn’t actually like running on pavement. It was too jarring.”), but I’m glad to have trained almost exclusively outdoors. The run was 13 seconds slower than last time, but I had a pacer then. I was proud of this effort and consistency.
- Thursday: what I have taken to calling yohab. Yoga, PT exercises. I probably could have run, but it was dark and chilly by the time I left so I decided a solid gym session would be better.
- Friday: planned on PT/yoga again for the hammy. Reality was at my desk until 8p. Unplanned off day. Despite success with real food last Saturday, I went back to the avocado for dinner. I need to fix this for spring.
- Saturday: 14 never felt so short after the 18s and 20s of the last month or so. A picture perfect fall day for a run up to the lighthouse and back. I did the first five with Mo until she turned back as she’s only doing ten with Marine Corps next week and then the next two-ish with Nicole and Sarah to the lighthouse. I went out too quickly trying to keep up, but held it together for a solid 14m run. Only one podcast as I was social the first half. Marathon Race Questions sounded good, but was mostly a recap of current events and not enough on questions. This felt strong and like I’m ready. The most surprising thing came post run – normally I pick up my laundry on the way home, but I was carrying too much for that so I went up my stairs and willingly back down. My knees didn’t hurt! I’ll be honest though, I’m looking forward to this being my max distance. I am tired. Second surprise, I was not craving sushi for the second long run in recent weeks. Wonder if that’s lack of a need for salt as in summer. Speaking of salt, has anyone else tried REFIX? It’s a seawater based drink. JackRabbit had samples yesterday post run. I think I’m a fan.
- Sunday: off, Giants game
Weekly/total mileage: 37.7 // 403.47. Holy cow.
Plan for the week:
- Monday: run after work
- Tuesday: off/cross
- Wednesday: Rogue
- Thursday: run?
- Friday: off
- Saturday: the last ten miles(!) with JackRabbit/Rogue