You know you’re not in training when you get excited about speedwork and enjoy doing it. Or maybe it’s just me? The speedwork for the Hansons’ half marathon plan is always long and hard (insert “that’s what she said” joke here), and seeing it on my calendar usually filled me with angst. But when I’m not training, it makes me excited. But I’m excited about all my runs these days. This is a typical conversation in my house:
Me: “I’m excited for tomorrow!”
Me: “Because I get to run!
Husband: Doesn’t say anything, shakes head, and walks away.
I did two speed workouts this past week–intervals and a tempo run. Both were challenging but felt good. In general, my body is just craving the miles. My early-morning runs clear my head and make me better able to handle the day’s stresses. If I weren’t able to run, I think I’d be both very sad and a big bitch. Still, it’s nice that I can run on my own terms–speed if I feel like it and whatever mileage I want. I’m a happy camper! In case you missed my announcement, I’ve decided to run a trail marathon in early November, so I’ll be starting training in 8 weeks. I’m going to enjoy every minute of this time between training.
In other news, it was marathon weekend here in Pittsburgh. A huge congratulations to everyone who ran the 5K, relay, half marathon, and full marathon! I participated unofficially as you’ll read below and ended the weekend inspired by my running friends.
Here’s how the week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 22.25
- Miles this month: 74.05
- Miles this year: 599.74
- Strength training sessions: 3
- Time strength training: 84 minutes
I took an unplanned rest day because life threw me a few curve balls on this day.
Intervals: 4.25 miles (68 and raining at the end)
I did 5 x .25-mile repeats with equal recovery and warm-up and cool-down. I didn’t set a target pace and instead aimed for a “feels like 5K” pace. Splits were 9:26, 9:07, 9:09, 9:23, and 9:23. I haven’t done shorter intervals in forever and thought it was a great workout.
In the evening I tried to get my strength in before going to vote. I was rushed and had time for only 24 minutes of full-body strength training with weights (routine here).
I did 35 minutes of strength training.
Tempo run: 5 miles (53 degrees)
After a 2-mile warm-up, I started 2 tempo miles with a 10:00 target pace. It was tough and I didn’t hit it the first mile, but I nailed it the second. Splits: 10:12, 9:59. Hurts so good!
Easy run: 4 miles (46 and misty)
Easy run: 4 miles (49 degrees)
I planned to meet Anna for some easy miles, but before that I walked Django to PNC Park to say hi to everyone running the Pittsburgh Marathon 5K. It was fun seeing everyone and funny to watch Chelsea trying to get a selfie with Django. Now someone else knows how hard that is! It was pretty chilly but by the time I ran with Anna, the sun came out and warmed everything up.
Afterwards I did 25 minutes of strength.
It was a gorgeous afternoon on the chilly side. We took Django on a long walk to the park then hung out on or patio until it started raining.
Pittsburgh Marathon time! I planned to meet Joanna in East Liberty right before mile 21 on the course and run a few miles with her. It had rained at the start of the race and was humid. When we got there it was really breezy and I was super chilly. I was also worried about all the course marshalls I saw biking around. I didn’t plan to take any aid at any station but was hoping I wouldn’t be kicked off the course.
While waiting for Joanna, I saw my running buddies Anna and Jamie, who were running the relay, as well as Chelsea, Lauren, and Jeff who were all running together for Lauren’s first marathon. It’s interesting to see runners that late in the race. Some were struggling, but a surprising majority looked strong and happy. Oh, and to the runner who called out that you read my blog, thanks for saying hi and I hope you had a good race!
I jumped in with Joanna when she came and ran with her for just under 5 miles until the 16th Street Bridge. Once I started running I got really warm from the humidity. I was super impressed with Joanna’s positive attitude despite her being in major pain. A stop at the medic tent after the race confirmed that she pulled back muscles on both sides! If she hadn’t told me, I’d never have guessed because we were talking and in good spirits like usual. It was fun for me to run on this part of the course since I’ve only done the half marathon. I like the second part of the course so much better than the first, which is so packed with people and was very overwhelming for me. It was really cool that even though we were running in the back of the pack, there were still tons of people out cheering and handing out popsicles, pretzels, and orange slices and also lots of bands playing. I can see how those things would be a nice distraction in the late miles of a marathon. Overall, I enjoyed the run and hope I was able to take Joanna’s mind off her pain a bit.
After I came home and changed, we went to Jamie’s house for her party. Here’s what Jamie, Anna, and I look like when we’re not running!