I’m really happy with how my training went this week. The weather started out warm which was pretty awesome. I had a work event this week so I moved around my schedule a bit and skipped my regular strength workout so I could have an extra rest day. I think this was a good plan especially given the rest of the workouts for the week.
Monday: 5 miles “moderate”
Tuesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: 1 mile w/u, 6×800, 1 mile c/d
Friday: 3 mile recovery
Saturday: 12 miles – 8 easy, 3 tempo, 1 c/d
Sunday: Rest (Well, 3 one-mile dog walks since the weather was so beautiful!)
Total Miles: 29
Monday was supposed to be my regularly scheduled moderate pace run, but it was nice out and I ended up taking it too fast. I felt good though and kept on going because I knew I had two days before I was doing speed again rather than the usual one day. Tuesday morning it was around 40 when I went out – I love running in capris in February! Tuesday night was my work event so Wednesday I slept in which was definitely needed.
Thursday’s speed work went better than anticipated. When I told my sister I did 800s, her response was “barf barf barf.” It wasn’t that bad, though. She laughed when I told her I wanted to quit after 4, but of course with only 2 more I obviously decided to finish. It wasn’t until the last 800 that I was really feeling it, but that made the workout feel worth it. My goal pace was 7:25 and I ended up being a little fast, but my heart rate averaged in zone 4 so I think it was fine.
Friday morning Archie came with me for my recovery run! He did great and I think he had fun. It made the run feel a lot less like I was slogging along. He wanted to go faster at some points, too. We had to stop a few times for him to mark some spots, but overall he did really well. When we got home he was really excited and ran around like crazy, waking up my husband and our other dog Gus.
My long run on Saturday called for 3 miles at tempo pace. I did the first 8 with my training group, hit three at tempo pace, and then did the last mile easy. I was kind of dreading this run and as we got closer and closer to 8 miles I really wasn’t feeling it, but ultimately I pushed myself and hit my miles – 7:44/7:46/7:44.
This week had me questioning myself and if I can actually hit a PR this spring. I have a lot of doubts about it. Hitting paces means nothing in the grand scheme of things because 800 meters and 3 miles are much different than 13.1. The paces I hit this week are interval and tempo paces so they’re faster than what I need to run to PR, but they’re also tough and what I imagine a PR pace will feel like by mile 10 of the half. Going into this training cycle I knew that raising my VO2 max was a must if I want to PR. Mentally, I possess the strength to push myself for 13.1 miles, but I’m not sure if physically I will be there by the end of April. I’ve been trying to remind myself that I have 10 more weeks of training and a lot more work to put in before my week-long taper. For now, I’m proud of the work I put in this week and know that in the least I am doing what I need to do to work towards my goal. Unfortunately the weather is looking a bit iffy this week so I think I may be back in the gym for a few runs, but I’ll adjust as needed to get it done.
As I mentioned twice already, we had a work event Tuesday night. It ended up being really fun. It was a belated holiday hang out (we’re super busy in December) with one of our media vendors. In secret-Santa style, we all picked names out of a hat and those names had 3 favorite stores in the shopping area where our office is located. Then we were given an AmEx gift card and had an hour to shop. I got my secret Santa some Kate Spade earrings and a gift card to Sephora (which was more of an inside joke). My secret Santa got me a running tank from Athletica and three head bands from Lululemon – this was also partly an inside joke, but I was pretty happy with my gift! We exchanged gifts at dinner and enjoyed some drinks & great food.
Friday was my husband’s birthday, but since we both had early mornings on Saturday we decided to go out Saturday night instead. We headed downtown to a small dive bar type restaurant and enjoyed some delicious food. The Nationwide Headquarters had its lights on to spell out “GOOD LUCK PEYTON” since he’s their official spokesperson.
We aren’t super into football in our household so the Super Bowl is really a non-event for us. My husband is going to make some homemade baked chicken wings which he made last year (delicious!) and we’ll have some veggies & dip, hummus, and some nachos to go with it.
The post is pretty long, but one more thing I picked up last week that I love! I’m a big tea drinker and I especially love vanilla tea. I’ve been drinking the Celestial Seasons vanilla honey chamomile, but I found this Vanilla Rooibos tea last weekend and it’s delicious. I’ve been drinking it all week – I highly recommend it.
Have a great week!