Another solid week of training and a FULL week in Atlanta. It was so nice to be home and have a relaxing weekend.
- Plan- 8 miles easy 7:52-8:52 pace
- Actual- 8 miles easy 8:33 avg pace and private pilates session
I really have started to enjoy my morning runs. I NEVER thought I would be a before work runner, but with the way my job is now and the heat, it just works out better. It’s so nice to get it done and have the whole day ahead of you. I feel so accomplished by 7:30am! Tuesday:
- Plan- spinning/barre
- Actual- flywheel and barre3
- Plan- 4 miles easy 7:52-8:52
- Actual 4 miles easy avg 8:42 pace
Easy run on the beltline and then I spent some of my day working for Sparkly Soul at the Peachtree Road Race expo. It was a LONG day on my feet and I learned my lesson by wearing the wrong shoes and not wearing compression! BUT, Abby and I had a lot of fun meeting runners and telling them all about our love for Sparkly Soul. If you haven’t tried them, you should. If you don’t like to sparkle, they make non sparkly bands, too! I did a TON of foam rolling and stretching when I got home that night.
- Plan- rest day
- Actual- rest day
I booked an appointment with Icebox Therapy for Thursday morning. They were going to be closed by the time I finished at the expo and I wanted my body to feel somewhat fresh. I worked that day and made sure to take advantage of the Normatec legs at the expo, too! I wanted to be as recovered as possible before the Peachtree. Friday:
- Plan 2 mile warmup and Peachtree Road Race 10K. First mile 7:10, rest 7:00-7:05
- Actual- 2 mile warmup at 8:38 avg pace and Peachtree Road Race 10K at 6:57 avg pace
Hitting my goal for this race gave me a huge confidence boost in my training. I had a lot of self doubt at the beginning of the week and this just reassured me to trust my training and my coach. After the race, we had a crawfish boil at Allison and Chris’ house. I got to spend the day with friends, family, and baby A. My sister is starting a photography business, and she randomly snapped a great one of me and A playing. I seriously love her sweet kisses. Saturday:
- Plan- 4 mile easy run 7:52-8:52
- Actual- 4 mile easy run at 9:05 pace and barre3 class
Oops. Ran this run as a recovery run instead of just an easy run but it’s no big deal. After my morning Beltline run, I picked up Holly and we headed to a barre3 class. After class it was a quick shower and right back out to West Stride, a local ATL running store, to meet Lauren Fleshman. She was super nice and it was great seeing some of my ATL blogger friends. I may or may not have also picked up a few Oiselle things as a post-PR treat (peer pressure!). Holly and I grabbed lunch and then met up with her hubs Batch and their other running friends from Jacksonville at Monday Night Brewery. It was also great having Jeff Caron come by and hang out with him in real life, too!The day was spent with social media friends, which is a constant reminder of how thankful I am for this little blog and what it’s given me.
- Plan- 16 mile long run 7:55-9:00 pace
- Actual 16 mile long run avg 8:42 pace
I was happy when I found out Rich needed to run for 1:30. We ran around Piedmont Park, the Beltline and Freedom Park for about 10 miles. Thank GOODNESS we were running back towards my house so he could grab his bike for his ride because I had major stomach issues. Not sure what was going on, but it was on and off before the run too. I was totally fine the last 6 miles and was able to negative split the entire run. This was my longest run since April of 2012. THAT is crazy. I felt strong. MUCH stronger than I did back in 2012 when I was marathon training. 16 miles actually seemed like no big deal.
The rest of the day was spent running a few errands, watching movies and treating myself to a vitamix. Yep. I did it. Thank you, Costco for your good deals.
Total Miles for the Week: 40.2
WOW. Highest mileage in a long, long time. I have felt a bit of soreness in my hip, but know I just need to be really, really consistent with my foam rolling, stretching and exercises.
So far, this year has been pretty amazing. I feel like a broken record, but I’m so thankful for my health and the ability to run and run well. I know I still have a lot of training ahead of me, and it really excites me to see what I can do in NYC in November.
How was your week? Did you go out of town for the holiday? Do you have recovery systems that you love? Ever tried Sparkly Soul?