Peak Week! I think….I can’t see all of my training yet in my schedule from Coach but I’m going to assume this was my longest run left of the training cycle.
- PLAN- 25 min core strength, 25 min hip flexor strength
- ACTUAL- 25 min core strength, 25 min hip flexor strength
- PLAN- 5 miles. 15 min warmup Z2, 10×30 sec all out uphill sprints. 1:30 rest interval. 10 min cool down
- ACTUAL- 5 miles @9:54 avg pace. Yoga for Athletes.
I haven’t done hill repeats all season so this was a nice change up. My body was pretty tired but I was still able to get in the mid 6:00 range on the sprints. That afternoon, I made it to the Yoga for Athletes class that I love so much.
- PLAN- 6 miles endurance pace
- ACTUAL- 6 miles @ 8:38 avg pace. Private pilates.
I met Jes early to get the miles in and she took me on a new route. It was hilly, but nice to not know what to expect at each turn. I also had a private pilates session with Laura. We focused a lot on stretching and arms.
That night, Rich and I celebrated our one year anniversary! We had a nice date night and we splurged on Jeni’s Ice Cream. I didn’t have to run on Thursday so I was prepared for the stomach issues. It was SO worth every bite- this was my last dessert until the marathon (a month away). And how ironic that we haven’t been in over 4 months to have Jeni’s shut down the next day for fear of listeria outbreak?Thursday:
- PLAN- 25 min hip extension/IT strength
- ACTUAL- 25 min hip extension/IT strength
It’s nice when the workout can be done at home! Another change up to the regular strength routine. After I finished, Rich and I walked up to the local coffee shop. It’s where we had our first “official” date a year ago. I call this our real date because he bought me coffee after our run (the first two dates were run dates, too).That night, I met the girls at Road Runner Sports for Ladies Night! Brooks was a sponsor for the so you got an extra raffle ticket for trying on a Moving Comfort sports bra and a pair of Brooks shoes. I was planning on purchasing a new pair of Saucony Kinvaras so I compared the Brooks Launch to them…but my Kinvaras still won out. I did like the Brooks, though! I’m already a big fan of the Juno sports bra, I’m pretty sure I have 6 or 7 of them, but I wanted to get refitted to make sure I was in the right size. Good news- I am. I also learned that you should replace your sports bra every time you get new shoes. Did you know that!? I definitely didn’t. I can tell when I put on an old one vs. a new one, but had no idea they should be replaced that often. I didn’t win anything this go round, but it was good to catch up with the girls.
- PLAN- 5 miles. 10 min w/u. 5×30 max effort sprints, 4:30 easy, 10 min cooldown
- ACTUAL- 5 miles 10 min warmup. 30 seconds @ 5:50, 5:57, 5:46, 5:47, 5:46, 10 min cooldown
Jes joined me for this one. I really enjoy this workout- it goes by quickly when you are constantly checking the time.
- PLAN- 23 miles endurance pace
- ACTUAL- rest day
Storms on schedule for the ATL so our group decided to move our run to Sunday. I NEEDED this. I caught Rich’s cold and just felt groggy all day (I think from the cold meds). I spent almost the entire day on the couch- I only left to go to Mass and the grocery store. It was exactly what my body needed.
- PLAN- 23 miles at endurance pace
- ACTUAL- 23 miles @ 8:48 avg pace
This was a rough one. I didn’t sleep well (Cold meds mess with my head) at all. I woke up every hour and was definitely NOT well rested when the alarm went off at 5:15. My plan was to do 13 on my own and then 10 with the girls. Rich was insanely kind to ride behind me so I wasn’t alone that early in the morning. I wasn’t feeling it, even after 3-4 miles of loosening up. Somehow the 13 miles went by fairly quick and I met the girls at 8 to do my last 10 miles. The sun was out by now and it was HOT and HUMID. I decided to go on an old route forgetting how hilly it
was…and it was just rough. We had to pit stop at Panera so I could get a salt packet and refill my water (after 2 bottles of nuun). Needless to say, those 23 miles were my hardest of this training cycle. It was not how I wanted to finish out my big week, and I know it’s just one run (thanks to Jes for the pep talk while I moaned and groaned through miles 21-23), but I like to finish strong. Several more weeks before the race, I know.The good news is we all met up back up for brunch after the run and the breakfast pizza was exactly what I deserved.
Miles for the Week: 39
Not a super high mileage week, but I was definitely feeling it after last weeks mileage/intensity. Again, I know that out of all my runs this training season, to only have one not go the way I really wanted, is really amazing. And, I still hit my pace goals- it just didn’t feel effortless like the 22 did. I can’t begin to describe how excited I am for Bayshore. The count down is definitely on….less than 1 month!
Do you replace your sports bras when you get new shoes? Or keep several in the rotation? Do you cut out anything before big races- sweets, certain foods, caffeine?