- PLAN- 20 min Core Strength
- ACTUAL- 20 min Core Strength
I drove to Birmingham for work and was able to get my core work done when I checked into the hotel.
- PLAN- 10 min warmup, 7×1 mile repeats @ 1 mile pace, 400 recovery btw
- ACTUAL- 9.75 miles. 10 min warmup, 7×1 mile repeats @ 7:08 pace
I had wanted to drive up to the park to do this one, but wasn’t sure I would have enough time to get to my first appointment so I ended up just doing it on the treadmill. I actually felt pretty good- except that the setting on the treadmill must’ve been to shut off at an hour and I kept having to adjust on the last mile or so to let me keep going. Wednesday:
- PLAN- 8 miles endurance pace
- ACTUAL- 8 miles @ 8:34 pace
Another really early morning led to an afternoon run. I was SO glad. It was gorgeous out and the path was packed. I had a great second run in my Sauncony Zealots and I’m really loving my inserts that were custom fit for me at Road Runner Sports. The run went well and I tried to hold back and not work too hard. I went to Whole Foods for dinner to get a salad- being on the road can be tough to get veggies in so I figured this would be great- except I apparently make really expensive salads at a whopping $13!! It was delicious though. Thursday:
- PLAN- 45 min muscle imbalance work
- ACTUAL- 45 min muscle imbalance work
I worked in Birmingham that morning, drove back to Atlanta and hit the gym that night to get the imbalance work in. THIS is not a workout I want to skip. I was greeted by awesome new planters that Rich (and his mom) did while I was away. It was SO good to get home. March has been a crazy travel month for me and they’ve been long trips away (not just a night or two).Friday:
- PLAN- 3o minute Tabata run. 5 min warmup, 30 seconds @ 800 pace, 30 seconds @ endurance pace
- ACTUAL- 4.78 miles @ 7:44 avg pace. 37 mins and Exhale Yoga Chill
Well, not sure how to take this one. I felt like I was killing it, but when I pulled up the data, it was all over the place. Some were way under pace, some way over. I LOVED the workout though. It went by really fast in 30 second increments.
I needed that yoga class at Exhale. It was nothing but stretching for an hour. It was heaven and I finally felt relaxed for the first time in weeks (probably didn’t hurt that I finally hit my quarterly sales goal this day, too). Saturday:
- PLAN- 17 miles. 12 @ endurance pace, 5 @ MGP pace
- ACTUAL- 17 miles @ 8:21 avg pace. Last 5 @ 7:53, 7:51, 7:52, 8:01, 7:54
All of my running buddies were busy and I was a little nervous to do this run by myself. The last time I did MGP at the end of a long run, it didn’t go so well. Actually, I’m pretty sure it ended in tears the last training cycle.
At the last minute, I decided to head up to Big Peach in Midtown to try and find a running partner for some of the miles (they had listed a 16 mile route option, too) and I figured it would be a nice change from running my same routes.
I ended up meeting Lynn, who had just moved to ATL 10 days prior- so it was nice to meet someone totally new to the area. She was not loving the hills and I don’t blame her- I’m just used to them. AND, it was a hilly route. She ran 8 with me and I did the rest on my own. They seemed to fly by. Once again, I felt good- I used Nuun and my Huma Gel and no stomach issues.
I knew that half of my last 5 miles would involve inclines but I needed it- it’s where I fell apart in NYC. Somehow this run was AMAZING. I nailed it- even with the hills. I needed this. I was thrilled! Sunday:
- PLAN- rest day
- ACTUAL- rest day
My mom came in town on Saturday (in prep for my niece/nephew arriving this week) and we all had breakfast on Sunday morning and then a full family day including shopping and dinner later that night. It was a nice, relaxing weekend.
Total Miles for the Week: 39.53
Yall know that .53 is driving me nuts. Oh well. LEARN to adapt and adjust, right? It was an exhausting work week (and month to be honest) and having a solid long run with some MGP miles and ending my weekend with my loved ones was just what I needed.
How much does your work stress effect your workouts? Ever think you nailed a workout only to update the data and find something completely different? Tell me something that you’re looking forward to in April.