Weeks 3 & 4 of training went much better than weeks 1 & 2. Though my cold lingered around during week 3, I was still able to get in all of my workouts including some hill repeats. It was a cut back week, so my Saturday run was only 6 miles. Courtney and I headed out on July 4th morning to run the last 6 miles of the marathon course. It was a beautiful morning and the last 6 miles are really nice… when that’s all we’re running! The weather here has been rain with a chance of more rain, so to have a sunny Saturday for a run is always a plus. The evening of July 4th I attended my husband’s outdoor symphony performance and still got in some cross training that Sunday. I wrapped up the cut back of week 3 with 17 miles and finally kicked my cold.
Week 4 was a strong one. I am really seeing improvements on my paces while running in zone 2 which I am sure is due to finally adapting to the humidity and hopefully some improved fitness. I started the week with 3 miles in zone 2 and was really happy with my splits.
During my tempo run on Wednesday, I decided not to use my music in the beginning because I was running a new route and wanted to make sure I took the correct turns. I ended up really enjoying the quiet and did the entire run without music. I felt really happy and refreshed. I ended up not listening to music on my runs Thursday or Friday. I think this may become a habit now as I’ve realized in the past that I don’t really listen to my music anyway.
On Saturday morning I had 11 miles on the schedule and my running group was doing 7. I got there early and hit the trail for 4 solo miles (without music again) and really enjoyed the quiet time on the trail. It was another beautiful Saturday after a rainy week and it was nice to be out early and away from the crowds of runners. My first 4 went well and I decided to run with the 10:45 pace group for the next 7. I was really excited to finish up those 7 with my average heart rate in the very bottom of zone 2. It was a nice finish to a strong week, totaling 29 miles. My plan for today was to take the dogs hiking as my cross training, but when I woke up, NO SURPRISE – we had torrential rain. It eventually cleared up, but I knew the hiking trail would be too muddy. I’ll try again next weekend.
After Saturday’s group run, a few of us met up for brunch. I had some chicken & waffles and Courtney and I both enjoyed a mimosa. Amanda had a birthday last week, so it was fun to all get together.
Saturday afternoon Courtney & I went to RunFest where the medals were revealed for the marathon. We got all kinds of free stuff, including some delicious ice cream.
Afterward I headed to the salon to get a mani/pedi. I haven’t had one done in almost 3 years so I decided to treat myself (“Treat yo’ self!”). I can’t usually justify spending so much money on my nails, but I was ready for some relaxing “me” time before heading out Saturday night. Saturday night my husband and I went out on a double date with our friends Dana & Todd. We had lots of laughs and good food. A bison burger and pink lemonade made for a great summertime meal.
After dinner, we headed upstairs to a bar I really like for a dessert drink. I ordered a “Gimme S’more” which consisted of bourbon and marshmallow topping. It was yummy and a good way to wrap up a fun night.
I’m feeling good about training and so far am really enjoying it. Despite the rain, I am just really enjoying the time outside on my feet. These summer morning runs have been a nice change compared to what this winter was like. A lot of people have been complaining about the heat and humidity, but for me it is such a relief compared to this winter’s 0-10 degree morning’s. Weeks 5 and 6 should be pretty easy before the mileage really starts to pile up in week 7. With less than 100 days until the marathon, I can’t believe how quickly this month is flying by. August will bring a 10 miler and half marathon which will be a nice way to break up the month and long weekend miles.