First off, I’ve now had my Instagram for a week and I am enjoying it; thanks to everyone who gave me a “follow” last week when I announced that I finally joined the bandwagon! Like I said, I’ll definitely try to keep my pics pretty for y’all 🙂
And thanks to everyone who commented on my last post Marathons: A Love Story. I’m so happy that you all found value in it and that it got you excited for your own journeys. Thank you so much to everyone who read it! 🙂
Repeat Splits: 3:25, 3:30, 3:25, 3:29, 3:31
Normally I love speed work, but this workout was just not fun. I wish I liked 800s more, but they’re kinda…meh.
I went into totally n00b mode today and went out too hard on my first repeats. According to McMillan pace guidelines, all of these are in the range of what I should be running based on my recent marathon time. But, I don’t know, I still think based on my race time I should probably be running them in the 3:30-3:40 range. Regardless of what McM says, they felt too fast, which means they probably were. I did keep them pretty consistent, but as you can see I did not negative split or end faster. Oh well. It happens.
Cross Training: 20 min elliptical, 35 min spinning
My first time cross training! It went well. That elliptical workout really made me sweat…but I was underwhelmed by the spinning. I set the bike to hill repeats, but it did not feel like a workout AT ALL. I guess I need to up the difficulty/resistance next time.
6 miles, 8:14 average
I decided to sleep in this morning instead of getting up for an AM run. Usually when I skip AM runs I spend the rest of the day beating myself up over it, but I didn’t regret this decision at all so I must have been exhausted. Sometimes you just need the sleep.
I did 6 miles after work and got poured on! Sometimes running in the rain is fun. I was supposed to just do an EZish run, but it’s been a weird week at work and I had a lot of stress that I just really wanted to get out. Sometimes you have those days when you just need to lace up your shoes and fly, you know?
Like usual, I kept my eyes off my watch and just ran by feel. It definitely felt faster than I could run a marathon, but not as hard as last week’s tempo run. A moderately challenging effort. I thought – was hoping – I was running in the 8:00-8:20 range for most of it. So it was a big shock when I got home, looked at my splits and saw that the last four were 8:03, 7:48, 7:55, and 8:05. Seriously, that same effort would have yielded like 8:15s a couple months ago. It’s such a confidence booster that these paces are starting to feel easier to me. I have been trying so hard for so long to break into the 7:00s for my tempo/HMP effort runs. Breaking that 8:00 min/mile barrier on a consistent basis has been (is still) the hardest and most painfully drawn-out of my big running goals. It has felt like I’m just never going to get there. I’ve been physically able to run 7:XX miles for quite some time now, and race really short distances at that pace, but I can’t run them consistently in training. I have to really push for a sub-8:00 mile, so the fact that they are starting to show up without me trying that hard is thrilling to me. It will be a long time before that can be an “easy” split for me, but that’s okay. It’s just exciting to finally reach this point.
5.25 miles, 9:14 average
AM shakeout and probably the most humid run I’ve done this year. Holy cannoli. It was hard to breathe out there.
I was running by feel, not pace, and it felt like I was going way slower than I was, but I still should have slowed down until it felt easier. I probably should have averaged around 9:30 to adjust for the weather.
Running philosophical question to ponder:
Is there such thing as an “easy run” in 80-97% humidity?
6.25 miles, 8:57 average
Saturday evening run and it was hot hot hot!!! Not humid, I mean, real HEAT. But honestly, it really didn’t feel that bad. Though I was surprised the average ended that fast, I took it at an even, easy effort and felt fine the whole time.
Long Run: 14 miles, 9:10 average
I procrastinated this run until 3:45. Not an ideal time to do a long run on an 80-something-degree day with blazing sun, but it had to get done!
I decided to shake things up and do something I haven’t done since my very first long runs over a year ago: run through the city. This would allow me to run several miles on the MKE Marathon course. I’m hoping to do as much of my training on the course as I can this summer (the benefit to running a marathon in your home city!). It was fun, but I underestimated how hilly it is. I decided that I need to start scrapping a lot of my interval work for hill repeats this summer. I’m gonna need the practice!
Fun scenery aside, it was brutal out there. I took every precaution I could think of to make sure I was being safe: put on sunscreen, brought lots of water and cash so I could stop and buy more if I needed to, took the miles at an easy, steady pace, and let myself stop for a breather whenever I needed to (the great thing about running in a city: traffic lights=built in rest breaks!). As a result, it took forever to get through that run, but I was just glad I did.
– Remember everyone, please be safe out there!! Long runs in hot weather are dangerous, so please always put your safety before your pace/distance. You are still getting everything you need to get out of the run even if you take it slower than usual and pause more often. No workout is worth risking your health! *end PSA*
Week 1 TOTAL MILEAGE: 37
Oh, did I mention? It’s RACE WEEK! This weekend is the Cudahy Classic, my first ever 10 mile race. I’m really excited about it. It’s a small, local race that the Badgerland Striders put on, and fun fact: it is actually the oldest road race in the state of Wisconsin! It will be fun to try a new distance. 10 miles is one of my favorite distances to run, so I’m excited to race it.
This will be my first race since Grandma’s Marathon. I’m not quite sure what to expect in terms of performance, because I have had very little time to properly train following marathon recovery. It’s hard to know where I’m at in terms of racing ability; while my workouts show that my speed seems to be improving, I haven’t had enough time to build up the endurance and mileage base I want for a race this long. I’m hoping that I’ve had enough time to recover and that I should feel fine to run fast, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if I also feel a little bit rusty since I’m just now getting back into a routine. Plus, it’s late July, so who knows what kind of weather we’ll end up with on Sunday morning.
My original goal for this race, based on my abilities and assuming I’m in good shape, was to run around 1:20. But now I’m just trying to go into it without any expectations and have fun. I know everyone says that before they race, but I really mean it. Having fun for me doesn’t mean taking it easy – it means I still go out there and push myself and race to the best of my abilities, but instead of shoehorning in on a finish time, just enjoy the experience and the sheer thrill of trying my best. I don’t know what kind of weather we’ll have or how my body will respond to racing at this point, so I’m just going to go out there and try my best and be happy with whatever that gets me.
And, despite that “behind” feeling, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t secretly glad that this race is forcing me to cut back this week 🙂