3rd week of consistent training! Ahhhhh this feels good. Back to my normal RUNGRY, dedicated self again. This week, Mother Nature decided to show her true colors in Chicago for the first time this winter. Monday and Tuesday were practically unbearably cold. Luckily, that didn’t last long and it felt like we had a “heat wave”—-and by heat wave I mean like ….25 degrees? [Note: we have a high of 50 (!!!) forecasted for mid-week this week! Make.up.your.mind.mother.(f***ing)nature.]
Weekly total: 35 miles, 1 easy run, 1 strength/core session
Monday: 1 mile repeats. 6 miles total: 2 mi w/up, 3 x 1 at 6:40 (2 min recovery), and 1 mi c/d. I was that crazy girl at the gym that seems to be angry about something that she wants to run her heart out. Because the windchill was like negative “forget about it!” I rocked these on the dreadmill. It actually went by fast and I felt like I could have run 1-2 more mile repeats at that pace. Perhaps a sign that I should have run them faster but this was a confidence booster.
Wednesday: 3 mile tempo targeted at 7:00-7:10 (8 miles total). After a full day of work, I decided to take advantage of the relatively “warm” temperatures and head to the lake. My typical warm-up is exactly 2 miles because that’s how far my apartment is from the lake. I thought I’d run there, do my tempo, finish cooling down there, and then take the bus home. But I felt really good. I was SMILING WHILE I WAS RUNNING. I was that kind of crazy runner that is just happy to be outside and covering miles. I always laugh at people I see smile-running but now I know what it feels like…exhilarating!!! My tempo splits were 7:05, 7:08, and 6:51. I felt like I was floating so I ran the extra two miles home instead of waiting for the bus.
Thursday: lazy night at home. Felt like I was fighting off a sore throat/head cold. Womp womp. DERP.
Friday: Easy 5 on the treadmill + core and strength routines.
Saturday: Coach called for 14-16 easy miles at 8:10-8:15 pace. I ran 15.33 at 8:04 average pace (whooops-y!). It was 14 degrees when I left my apartment and honestly I thought this was just going to be no fun at all. But the sun was shining and I had no complaints. I ran with my Nathan water bottle for the 2nd time and I think I’m starting to get used to it. A little concerned with some calf/achilles soreness in the left leg but I’m going to write it off as my legs acclimating to the consistent mileage again.
Overall, a good week for me! I ran happy this week and managed to find time to be good to myself. (Now if only I could get some consistent sleep in!)
Pics ‘O The Week
Full commitment to training deserves a good beer (or three)
Totally necessary puppy pic. She makes it tough to leave for a run sometimes
Stocked up on Saucony gear this week!
Happy to run in the sunshine this morning 🙂 Obligatory Garmin snapshot
A post-run trip to Mariano’s Fresh Market = unnecessary drooling over everything in the store