Good morning! How was your weekend? Pete and I had a ton of running around to do to get ready for this weekend and next week. Somehow we managed to get it all done and we even made some homemade pizza for Sunday night dinner. I cannot believe that Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is here! At the end of this week, I will be running around Walt Disney World attempting to complete my second Dopey Challenge. Would it be crazy if I tried to be perfectly Dopey? I think it would be absolutely amazing to accomplish that feat.
Last week was an absolutely fabulous week of workouts. I fit in my strength workout before the Dopey Challenge and did some serious running! Not only did I finish 2014 on a good note with a great run, I also started the new year off right. I got in my final Dopey Challenge prep work and got a huge confidence boost. I know that I still need to cross 4 finish lines but I have a much better feeling about being able to do it for a second year in a row.
Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.21 miles, 15:00 minutes
- NROLFW – Stage 1 Workout 2B (28:00 minutes)
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Easy Run
- 4.04 miles, 1:01:27 (total time), 15:14 min/mile avg. pace
Thursday – Easy Run
- 3.00 miles, 42:01 minutes, 14:01 min/mile avg. pace
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Easy Run
- 8.00 miles, 1:54:16 (total time), 14:19 min/mile avg. pace
Sunday – Long Run
- 16:00 miles, 3:54:13 (total time), 14:38 min/mile avg. pace
After work on Monday, I met Pete at the gym for on our last workouts of the year. We both wanted to the finish year off on a strong note and keep the ball rolling. I think we are finally getting back into a groove. Hopefully, the Dopey Challenge and the Castaway Cay Challenge won’t derail our efforts too much. I jumped on the elliptical for an easy warm up before heading over to the weights. Thankfully, the guy from last week who told me to use “lighter weights” wasn’t there. I was not in the mood to see his face. I did my last strength training of the year and before Dopey. I want to give my legs and body a chance to be fully rested before tackling 48.6 miles.
On Tuesday, we had every intention to go to the gym but I was worried that my body wouldn’t cooperate with me. I noticed some signs before leaving work that made me nervous so I just headed home. Pete was crazy sore from his strength workout so he didn’t mind the chance to stay home and rest. Since we were missing our workouts, I decided that we weren’t going to miss our chance to have one last workout before the end of the year.
With that in mind, Pete and I met at the gym on Wednesday evening after work. My goal was to run at least 4 miles. I would have loved to get to 5.54 to round off the number of running miles for 2014 but I knew that was wishful thinking. My pace has been a lot slower than normal with my health/body issues. I hopped on the treadmill and aimed for a run that didn’t give me any issues. I am so tired of spending my entire workout in my head analyzing every little twinge of my body. It is annoying, frustrating, and disheartening. I started off slow and built my up to see if what my body could handle. When I finished the run, I felt so much better about what my body could actually handle. I ran 4.04 miles without any issues and I was able to increase the length of the run intervals.
On New Year’s Day, I decided that my body felt great and that I really wanted to go for a run. I haven’t felt just like going for a run in almost a month when my body decided to go all crazy on me. I wasn’t quite sure if my body would cooperate with me so I opted for the treadmill in the garage. While I am perfectly fine running on the treadmill, I am ready to get back out there and go for a run outside again. When I started my run, I felt seriously good and I decided to follow the run/walk intervals that I am hoping will work during the marathon. As I ran, I could feel a weight being lifting off of my shoulders as my body cooperated and my pace returned to a somewhat normal easy pace. I simply felt great and I actually enjoyed my run for the first time in a long time.
I decided to take it easy on Friday so that I would be ready to take on the mileage I planned for the weekend. It felt pretty good to take the night off from the gym and just enjoy the evening. Pete and I actually had a chance to go to dinner! After running a bunch of errands on Saturday, I was to run my planned 8 mile easy run. Yes, I am crazy. I actually prefer to run in the evening for my training runs, which is probably why I have such a hard time completing my weekend long runs. I opted to increase my walk interval so that I could save my legs for the 16 mile long run on Sunday. I was surprised with how good I felt while I was running.
Since my Saturday run started late, I waited until the late afternoon to get started with my long run on Sunday. Going into the run, I was a little nervous. I haven’t run longer than 8 miles since the Wine and Dine Half at the beginning of November. I also knew that I needed to finish the run to give myself a serious confidence boost. I jumped on the treadmill and started running. I followed my run/walk intervals and didn’t stop running until I hit 16 miles. The hardest part was smelling the deliciousness that was coming from our smoker. Pete was cooking our homemade pizza for dinner and I really wanted to eat it while I was running.
How did your workouts go last week?