This week, I ran 45 miles.
+ 4 core workouts
+ 1 strength workout
Easy 6, 7:54 average pace. The legs felt GREAT today, probably because they were shredded from Wed-Sat last week. Beautiful afternoon for an easy run, especially with the cool breeze. Last 2 miles were quick but didn’t feel difficult.
8 x 800 workout. 9.08 miles, 7:34 average pace.
Plan was 2 w/up, 8 x 800 at 3:05-3:10 with 2:30 rest, and 1 mi c/d. Got it done but it took every last ounce of energy to push through #7 and #8 (which is *the* point of the workout, so…). Very happy with the splits even though they felt all over the place during the workout: 3:07, 3:05, 3:08, 3:06, 3:06, 3:11 (derp), 3:04, 3:09.
After dinner I started thinking about the workout and wondering how it compared to the last 8 x 800 m workout I did in February before Boston.
Today’s workout was a WEEEEEE bit faster than in February, although I love how progressive the repeats were then. Focusing on finding the power in my hips and maintaining my form through these tough workouts.
Rest Day + Strength Day. I figured it’s time to step up to Level 2 of the Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6 Pack DVD (considering I’ve been doing it for far longer than 6 weeks haha) It didn’t feel that much more difficult but the routine is more complicated. I didn’t expect it to burn as much as it did and, judging by the massive pool of sweat on my yoga mat at the end, I think I worked hard enough. (30 min core + strength)
9 miles, 7:45 average. Easy first 7, tempo last two. Tempo splits: 7:04 and 6:51! I was looking forward to this run. Longish weekday runs can be refreshing and the tempo miles at the end always seem to be more challenging than you think they will be during the first 7 easy miles. Didn’t expect the speed or kick to come in that last mile but I just went with it. I was *that girl* that smelled up the bus on the way home from the lake while people were making their way to work. 🙂
4.5 miles, 8:17 pace. Ran easy around the neighborhood in mid-morning. We had some thunderstorms in the morning and once the sun came out, it was pretty muggy. My left hip has been hurting on and off in the past two weeks or so. Need to commit to a consistent warm-up and cool-down routine to prevent injury, especially since I had minor problems with the same hip last fall.
16.04 miles, 7:55 average pace. Ahhhh mileage increase, that’s what you feel like! I was excited for this one, especially because it’s the longest run I’ve done since March-ish. I was able to release my left hip on my own with the TP massage ball yesterday, but was still worried about it giving me problems. It loosened up after the 2 mile “warm-up” and some stretches once I reached the lake. Could have run a slower pace but the legs locked in at 7:45-8:00 and didn’t want to slow down.
I’ve been thinking more about buying some sunglasses especially for my long run. I never thought I’d be making that purchase, but I have experienced “sun headaches” in the past because of squinting through 2-3 hours of a long run. I don’t want to spend much money on them ($100 pair of sunglasses just seems outrageous to me.) Anyone have any suggestions on a brand or model that would be good? A friend suggested buying the cheap pairs they always seem to have at race expos but I’ve never really looked much at them.
Pics o’ The Week:
This is the face Barklee makes when she feels we’re not giving her enough attention. Dramatic right?
Get in my bellyyyyyyy!