Happy Sunday! This past week was an off one for me, with few runs and workouts. I wasn’t sick but feeling pretty blah all week, so I did what my body wanted, which wasn’t much. I did try something new–pole dancing! In my post about it, I said I’d do it again, but I’m not sure if that’s possible. I’ve never had DOMS so bad than after doing that class, and I’ve been doing strength training for years! The class was Tuesday night, and my arms are still a little sore today. This tells me what a great workout pole dancing actually is, but I don’t know if my body can handle the soreness from doing it.
Five weeks until marathon training starts!!!
Here’s how last week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles; marathon training starts June 27
- Days running: 4
- Miles this week: 20.5
- Miles this month: 66.6 (!)
- Miles this year: 685.44
- Strength training sessions: 3 (I’m counting pole dancing!)
- Time strength training: 107 minutes
I did 35 minutes of lower body and core strength training.
Easy run: 4 miles (53 degrees and raining)
Ugh–all the rain! I wasn’t feeling up for a speed workout, so I just did an easy run.
In the evening I went to a pole dancing class.
I forgot to post this picture, but this child’s drawing of pole dancing was framed and hanging at the studio I went to. Ha!
Rest day. I did a 12-minute Pilates abs video using the magic ring.
Tempo run: 4 miles (44 degrees)
I did two miles at tempo pace (target 10:00) with warm-up and cool-down. My splits were spot-on at 9:59 and 9:52.
Easy run: 5.5 miles (55 degrees and raining)
It was raining lightly when I met Jamie for a run on the trail toward Lawrenceville, up the big 40th Street hill (damn–it’s a doozy!), down Penn, and then back on the 31st Street Bridge. I had a jacket on but took it off because I got hot. I wore the same Michi Venom Tank as I wore to pole dancing because I hadn’t sweated in it too much. I really like it for running since it kept me pretty cool.
In the afternoon we took Django to the annual reunion of our greyhound adoption group. Django loves going to the reunion every year. He still remembers the people from the adoption group who first brought him off of the track four years ago, and he gets super excited to see them. It always amazes me that he still remembers them and greets them like old and good friends. It really says something about how well this group cares for the dogs that he’s still so bonded with them when he only sees them once a year. Greyhounds are raised together and train together, so they’re with other greyhounds until they’re either retired from racing or disqualified before they race, like Django was. Because they’ve spent at least the first two years of their lives together, greyhounds love seeing each other. Django was beside himself with excitement to see so many other greyhounds. We spent some time with the adoptables and plan to adopt a second eventually, but not right now. Still, it was hard to walk away from those up for adoption since I fell in love with all of them! Three of the six were actually adopted at the reunion, so that’s good.
Long run: 7 miles (53 degrees)
Everything clicked on this run in North Park. I settled in to what felt like an easy-ish pace and didn’t check my watch. It was cool and cloudy, and I just felt awesome the whole time. I considered continuing on and possibly doing 13.1 because I felt so good, but I didn’t bring any fuel or water since the water fountains are now on. So I just ended at my planned 7 miles and saw that my pace was more than 1:00/mile faster than it usually is for long runs and about 1:30/mile faster than easy runs. I was pretty happy that the pace felt effortless.