Weekly Recap

Training Log – 04.01.18, 04.08.18 & 04.15.18

Happy Marathon Monday! Woo!

Tax season is almost done! Woo X 2!

I’m slowly catching up on things that have fallen by the wayside during the last month or so. First up is some random training log updates, although I don’t even know if these qualify as “training logs” at this point. I’ve basically been following a non-training plan the last few weeks, so not a whole lot of exciting workouts have been happening. I wanted to write this post anyway though because not all weeks are amazing with great workouts. Sometimes it is really nice to just relax and run when you want to. Now that we’ve lead with that exciting intro …

Here is what my training looked like the week of 03.26.18 – 04.01.18:

Monday – Easy: 7 miles (8:36 pace)

I started the week off with three consecutive days of treadmill running. Daniel was getting over strep and not running too much, so I decided to take the easy option and run inside.

Tuesday – Easy: 8 miles (8:12 pace)

Wednesday – Easy: 8 miles (9:10 pace)

Thursday – REST

Friday AM – Easy: 10 miles (8:21 pace) + PM – Easy: 5 miles (8:52 pace)

Saturday – Quality (Threshold): 9 miles (7:08 pace)

I bailed on my typical Saturday morning group run, slept in, drank coffee, played with Brooks and enjoyed a leisurely morning. It was an absolutely beautiful out and I decided that it would be a good day to get some quality miles in. I did a 2 mile warm up, a 2 X 2 mile tempo w/ a 1 mile recovery in between the sets and a 2 mile cool down. My splits for the first set were 6:27 and 6:25 (6:26 avg.) and my splits for the second set were 6:24 and 6:19 (6:22 avg.). It was nice to just got out for a workout simply because I wanted to and not because I had a plan that told me to.

Sunday –  Easy: 13.7 miles (8:27 pace)

I finished the week out with a long (ish) run with Rebecca, Jessica & Lizzie. Rebecca ran 100 miles during the week as the peak week of training for her ultra. She needed 13.7 miles Sunday to make that happen and I decided to be done at 13.7 as well. Rebecca told me that she would finish up the last three tenths so that I could end on an even 14 if I wanted her to (which was a gesture of true friendship) and I told her that I didn’t want to make her run any extra and would stop on an odd distance (which was also a gesture of true friendship).

Total – 60.7 miles

Here is what my training looked like the week of 04.02.18 – 04.08.18:

Monday – Easy: 8 miles (8:52 pace)

I ran with Jessica Monday morning and by the time I got to the end of the day Monday, I had come down with strep (or something similar). I didn’t go to the doctor since Daniel had just been treated for strep and we just followed the same treatment with me. It took several days to run its course, but thankfully I didn’t miss any work. I took several days off from running, but I truly had no desire to run (which is how you know I was definitely sick).

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – REST

Thursday – REST 

Friday AM – Easy: 5 miles (8:58 pace) + PM – Easy: 5 miles (9:02 pace)

First run since Monday! 😱 #happyfriday #iranfivemiles #soimholdingupfivefingers

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I felt like a human again by Friday (so all in all, I wasn’t out for long). I got in a few miles that morning and also met Rebecca and Jessica for an easy run after work. Woo!

Saturday AM – Easy: 5 miles (8:56 pace) + PM – Easy: 5.25 miles (8:22 pace)

We woke up to a soggy morning Saturday and everyone bailed on the group run. I had to go to work for a little bit, so I decided to go ahead and do a few miles on the treadmill in case I wasn’t able to go later in the day. The weather cleared up and Daniel and I were able to do a loop Saturday afternoon after I got home.

Sunday – Easy: 12 miles (8:17 pace)

Sunday’s “long run” was tough. We went down to the gulf to run with Lizzie and I was counting down the number of miles remaining by the third or fourth mile of this run (which makes the run seem rather long). The company was great, but my endurance was shot. Apparently it took me a little bit longer than I thought to regain my strength.

Total – 40.2 miles

Here is what my training looked like the week of 04.09.18 – 04.15.18:

Monday – Easy: 6 miles (8:50 pace)

Tuesday – Easy: 6 miles (8:48 pace)

Wednesday – Quality: 10 miles (7:52 pace)

Wednesday morning I decided to do an impromptu progression run in during the middle miles of my run. I did a 3 mile warm up, a 4 mile progression and a 3 mile cool down. Splits for the progression were 7:00, 6:48, 6:40, 6:35. It felt good to push a little, but not do anything too crazy.

Thursday – REST 

Friday – Easy: 8 miles (8:42 pace)

Saturday – Easy: 14 miles (8:16 pace)

14 miles was my longest run since ( … checking … ) February 4th! It’s crazy how the definition of “long run” can change over time and as training cycles progress. During marathon training, 14 miles likely wouldn’t be classified as a long run, but right now, it certainly feels long.

Sunday – Easy: 12 miles (8:33 pace)

Total – 60.0 miles

I am so ecstatic that tax season is coming to a close that I am preparing myself to run all the miles (within reason (obviously)). I still have no idea what I am going to be training for exactly, but it’s about to get started! I’m leaning towards focusing on short stuff again for the remainder of the spring and throughout the summer and then maybe ramping things back up in the fall. Not going to lie, all of the hype about Boston has definitely got me thinking about 2019 …

Have a wonderful week!

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