Nine weeks ago I started rebuilding my running fitness. Last week actually looks like a week of training (yes!), so I thought I would share a quick recap.
Monday: 4.03 miles / 9:49 pace
This was my shortest and slowest run of the week. My calves were still very tight from my long run on Saturday so I tried to make this as easy as possible.
Tuesday: 60 minutes / hot vinyasa
Easily my sweatiest workout of the week and quite possibly my hardest workout of the week. This class was extra hot and sweaty this week because the outside temperature was messing with things.
Wednesday: 6.12 miles / 9:33 pace
At first I thought I would aim for 5 miles. Then I realized how tired I felt, and decided I’d be happy just getting through four. And then I started running, felt amazing, and pushed it up to six.
Rest day is best day. Especially when your husband makes cookies while you work late and go to study groups.
Friday: 5.05 miles / 9:22 pace
I spent all day looking forward to my run until a nasty thunderstorm rolled in about 30 minutes before I left work. I don’t mind running in the rain, but this storm was calling for lightning, hail, and possibly tornadoes. I sulked on the drive home.
Fortunately, arriving home coincided with a break in the storm and I headed out for as many miles as I could manage before the second round hit. I stayed within a mile of my house in case it got bad, but I managed 5 dry miles.
Saturday: 50 minutes / yoga & 5.02 miles / 9:13 pace
Double. Yoga in the morning with a mid-afternoon run. Yoga was not my favorite type of class, but it is free so I take what I can get! The run had similar feelings of “bleh.” After a week of 50+ degrees and wearing shorts, it was back down to the 20s and snowing.
Sunday: 12.05 miles / 9:02 pace
After last week’s 12 miler feeling like crap, I had low expectations for this run. Fortunately things felt better this week, not great, but definitely better. I started slow and then picked up the pace for the second half of the run. I needed a bathroom break during mile 8 which really interrupted the flow I had going. I headed out into a direct headwind and my sweaty clothes now felt cold and wet. I fought the headwind for the remainder of the run.
Totals: 32.27 miles, 110 minutes yoga
This was a good week for me. 5 runs. 2 days of cross training. A double. Aside from tight calves on Monday, nothing feels off or twinge-y. During my long run I realized I could have managed an extra 1.1 miles fast enough to finish a half marathon under 2 hours with relative ease. While I’m not feeling PR ready by any means, I do feel ready to tackle a half marathon.
I still have four weeks to continue building endurance and testing out my speed so I’m not quite ready to talk goals, but I am registered!