Good evening! How was your weekend? Did you do anything crazy for Halloween? Pete and I had a pretty laid back weekend. We only had one group of kids come to the house on Friday night so we have a few extra pieces of candy lying around. The weather was absolutely gorgeous this weekend so we opened up the house to breath. I am really hoping that it sticks around for a few more weeks. I really love when we have fresh air running through the house. Plus, it will make my upcoming races that much more enjoyable. The weather was absolutely perfect for my half marathon yesterday! I think that had a lot to do with me running 13 minutes faster (!) than the previous week’s race.
Last week’s workouts went pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I manages to squeeze in all of my runs and I even did a short yoga workout. I think I am going to need add in more yoga if I am going to make it through this month. OMG! Am I really running a marathon at the end of this month?!? Help me!
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Speed Work
- 5.04 miles, 1:08:39 (total time), 13:40 min/mile avg. pace, 146 BPM HR
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Easy Run
- 4.07 miles, 56:57 minutes, 14:01 min/mile avg. pace, 141 BPM HR
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Long Run + Yoga
- Shipyard Half Marathon – 13.11 miles, 2:55:45 (total time), 13:24 min/mile avg. pace, 165 BPM HR
- Long Run – 2.89 miles, 43:15 minutes, 14:58 min/mile avg. pace, 137 BPM HR
- Yoga – 15 min. Running Stretches
Even though my legs were pretty sore on Monday and Tuesday, I really wanted to have a solid week of training. On Tuesday, my training plan called for a 5 mile speed workout. Woof! Trying to do speed intervals two days after running a half marathon was not the easiest thing in the world to do. I started my workout with a super easy 1 mile warm up then it was time to pick up the pace. I focused on doing 2 minutes at my suggested pace followed by 1 minute of walking. It was rough to say the least. I did manage to pick up the my interval pace a little each mile. I finished my workout with a 1 mile cool down. When I crawled off of the treadmill, I was beat but super proud of the fact that I finished my workout!
On Thursday, my training plan called for an easy 4 mile run. My body was feeling so much better than a few days earlier so I knew that I wouldn’t have a problem knocking it out. I met Pete at the gym after work and we spent an hour doing our thing. He has been trying to get back into the whole weight lifting thing so I didn’t really see much of him while I was running. During my run, I decided to play with my easy pace a little bit. My training plan has a range of races that I should hit for my easy runs and I am trying to get closer to top of that range. After all, the only way to run faster is to run faster.
After a rather lazy Friday evening and all of Saturday, I woke on Sunday morning ready to run the Shipyard Half Marathon. Maybe I wasn’t crazy ready to run another half marathon but at the time change really helped me feel awake when the alarm went off. Going into the race, my only goal was to finish in under 3 hours. That is my goal for all of my half marathons but sometimes I don’t have much luck with that goal. When I crossed the finish line with 4 minutes to spare, I was beyond thrilled!
Once we got home and I had refueled my body, I did a 15 minute yoga session to break up some of the lactic acid and then hopped on the treadmill to run some more. Last week, my long run called for 18 miles but I only did 15. This week I was supposed to do 15 so I thought I would to knock out the extra 3 miles that I missed. My stomach had other plans for me. My legs were tired but I totally could have finished the run if my stomach wouldn’t have rejected the awesome pumpkin french toast that I ate for breakfast after the race. Lesson learned for the next time I have add mileage on to a race day.
How did your workouts go last week?