I had such a good week. There was a lot going on, but I finally let go of the pressure I’ve been putting on myself about the NYC marathon and it seriously seems like it has changed my running.
- PLAN- 8 miles easy
- ACTUAL- 8 miles 9:00 avg pace, PT, chiropractor
The day after the Omaha 1/2 marathon and traveling and it was a sluggish run. It started to rain and I made “time” deals with myself. If it wasn’t raining at x mile, keep going. If it was pouring, I could stop. It stopped, and I’m glad I actually finished the run.
That night I went to a self defense class. I will share much more soon but it honestly hit me a lot more than I expected it to. I was so thankful that the instructor knows Rich and my story and was able to comfort me when I was in hysterics. It was intense and I have a long way to go, but it was a start. Tuesday:
- PLAN- rest/cross
- ACTUAL- rest
I was mentally and physically wiped, and decided I needed a full rest day. SO happy with that decision.
- PLAN- 8 miles speed play. 2 miles easy, 8 x 30 second surges over 4 miles (2 per mile), 2 miles easy
- ACTUAL- 8 miles 8:29 avg pace w/bursts at: 6:55, 7:02, 6:48, 6:55, 7:07, 8:03, 6:53, 7:00
I LOVED this workout. My speed work lately has been a lot of fun and it makes the time go back faster when it has quick bursts of speed. I needed to feel good and I did.That afternoon, Rich had his surgery. All went well, except that the bone was a bit more “mushy” than expected and the doctor had to use longer screws to hold the bone together. He should be back on his bike trainer fairly soon and starts PT next week.Thursday:
- PLAN- 6 miles easy, private pilates
- ACTUAL- 6 miles 8:46 avg pace and private pilates.
Both nice and easy.
- PLAN- rest day!
- ACTUAL- rest day and PT
The only upside to Rich’s surgery is forced rest for me too! It was nice having a low key night in and finally being back in Atlanta for the first weekend in almost a month.
- PLAN- 18 miles. 3 easy, 3 @8:20, 3 easy, 3 @8:10, 3 easy, 3 @8:00
- ACTUAL- 18 miles 8:32 avg pace. Goal paces 8:11, 8:23, 8:17; 8:28, 8:08, 8:11; 8:01, 8:00, 8:06
I picked Jesica up on Saturday morning and we headed out to the Silver Comet Trail, a popular area for a lot of Atlanta runners/walkers/bikers. In my 11.5 years in Atlanta, I had never been out there. It’s not “in town” so I never wanted to make the trek out there to run. It’s fairly flat, and our plan was do hit areas our the trail to add in mileage and get something other than a long, straight trail. I had a GREAT run. I felt strong and enjoyed the change of scenery. The only downside is the trail doesn’t allow you to see actual pace because of all the trees, but it somehow calculates the pace after the fact. I’m pretty good at running by feel, and was happy to see my splits after the fact and know I was pretty close if not right on target.
We headed home and I had brunch with my favorite little one (yes, you will see pickles and pancakes because who doesn’t love that combo??) and then had another low key day with Rich watching Netflix and cleaning out my closet. My kitchen remodel/upgrade was finished Saturday, too. It’s insane to see how much a paint color and backsplash changes the look of a room!! The bathroom is next! Sunday:
- PLAN- 6 miles easy/recovery
- ACTUAL- 6 miles 9:01 avg pace
A nice easy run followed by a productive day of kitchen reorganizing and a quick stroll around the ‘hood for Atlanta Streets Alive.
Total Miles for the Week: 46
It feels sooooo good to be enjoying running again and to feel like I’m mentally “back” to my old self. My personal life has been a bit chaotic, but in my mind, I figured get it all over with at once (surgery and home upgrades at the same time).
If you own a home, do you outsource the work or are you a do-it-yourselfer? Have you been to a self defense class?