Weekly Recap

Training Log – 06.17.18

Hi! Hey! Hello!

Here is what my training looked like the week of 06.11.18 – 06.17.18:

Monday – Easy: 6 miles (9:07 pace) 

I started the week off with an easy treadmill run after work Monday evening. Still struggling to get out of bed in the mornings, but in some ways I think knowing that I can just run in the evenings if I don’t run in the mornings gives me an easy out. If I know I won’t have the chance to run later in they day, it’s a lot easier to actually get up and get it done. In the meantime, I’m thankful for a schedule that allows for some flexibility.

Speaking of flexibility though, it must be noted that up until this week I had only been somewhat “loosely” following my training plan. I was getting the workouts in, but I was basically just rearranging the easy runs however I wanted, which was usually based on what anyone else was doing. My coach pointed out that there was in fact “a method to the madness” and that sticking to the actual plan was going to be a key component of reaching my goals. Noted!

Tuesday – Quality: 9 miles (7:50 pace)

Tuesday morning Daniel and I hit the track for some “light” speedwork to keep the legs fresh for the upcoming race we had on the schedule for Saturday. I did a two mile warm up, 13 X 1 minute hard with 1 minute jogging recoveries and a 3 mile cool down. The goal pace for the hard minutes was 5:45 and I ended up averaging 5:51. During timed intervals, I don’t specifically look at my pace while I am running and I really just try to focus on getting in the appropriate effort. Daniel ran some 200s while I was doing my minutes and he averaged around 5:20 pace for those. We were both happy with how the workout went!

I was supposed to have an easy double Tuesday evening, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I couldn’t bring myself to get back on the treadmill that evening either, so on day two of #committotheplan and #trusttheprocess, I had to text my coach and ask how I should redistribute the missed miles over the course of the week. I have never really  thought of texting my coach for something like this in the past. I think it has something to do with not wanting someone to think that I was “needy” and not wanting to bother someone. I need to get passed that nonsense …

Wednesday – Easy: 8.5 miles (8:37 pace) 

Wednesday evening Daniel and I ran a variation of our regular loop that gave us a bit more mileage, so that I could get my scheduled eight and a half in.

Thursday – Easy: 7 miles (8:47 pace)

We actually drug ourselves out of bed and ran before work Thursday morning. Daniel did a loop with me and I added on a couple of miles at the end to get my seven for the day.

Friday – Easy: 4.75 miles (9:10 pace)

Friday morning I did a solo easy loop and listened to the Ali on the Run Show episode with Wesley Little. Wesley is a couple’s therapist and it was fascinating to hear about how she became and therapist and how therapy can help so many different people in so many different ways. I’m all about some therapy though, so it makes sense that I enjoyed this episode!

Saturday – RACE: 10 miles (7:59 pace)

Saturday morning we ran the 36th annual Doc’s Hot Trot for ARC 5K at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. I did a two and a half mile warm up, raced the 5K (recap coming soon!) and did a four mile cool down.

Sunday – Easy: 11 miles (8:42 pace)

Sunday morning I got in an easy “long” run with some of the best running friends! Sunday is usually a good group run day, but it was even better this week because our friend Robyn was in town! We haven’t seen her in over a year and it was so good to catch up over some easy miles.

Good miles with great friends 😍🤗 #runningfamily #runningfriends

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Oh. I did another thing Sunday afternoon as well and went biking with Daniel! I mean, what?! We’re talking about riding a bike in the road. I borrowed our friend Kristan’s hybrid bike (that has elements of both a road bike and a mountain bike) and took it for a spin. I’ve still never ridden a true road bike, but this was definitely a good stepping stone. I was slow as Christmas, but we rode for an hour and had a good time!

I rode a bike that didn’t have a kickstand 😂😱 #suchabiggirl #sobrave #onthatgrind

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Totals – 56.3 miles run and 12.5 miles biked! 

That’s it for now! Have a great week!

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