What am I training for? Not sure yet! If I decide to do marathon training, it doesn’t start until mid-July. But if I’m not doing marathon training, I’ll do half marathon training, and that should actually have started last week. Plus, I have a trail 10K in a few weeks. So right now I’m just trying to keep up a base level of fitness and get in trail runs to prep for my upcoming race.
This past week I did the same test I did at the beginning of 80/20 training to see what paces correlated to my heart rate zones. I wanted to see if there was any measurable improvement in paces after the 9-week training was done. There was! I’ll post that and my final review of 80/20 training this week.
Here’s how the week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Possibly pre-marathon training; possibly half marathon training; training for a 10K train run June 24
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 18.3
- Miles in May: 63.57
- Miles this month: 12.26
- Miles this year: 412.63
- Strength training: 30 minutes
Easy trail run: 50 minutes
With the day off work for Memorial Day, I headed to Riverview Park for a trail run. I ran the same trail I did a lot last year—one of my favorites with rolling hills and a mix of wider paths and singletrack. Of course I saw a deer, which I seem to always do on trail runs. And, like usual, she was super curious and would not get off the trail and just watched me come. I learned last year to just keep running and talk to let them know I’m not going to do them harm but to get out of my way. Deer aren’t known for vicious behavior, but who knows whether they’re protective of nearby fawns. Luckily my strategy for dealing with deer on the trails has not yet yielded a “When Deer Attack” type of situation.
Easy run: 40 minutes
Strength training: 30 minutes
It was 62 degrees and felt chilly when I started. If I sweat this much on a cooler morning, I’m scared of what’s going to happen this summer when it gets really hot. In the evening I did full-body strength training.
Pyramid Pace Test: 55 minutes
For this run I did the same test I did at the beginning of 80/20 training to measure improvements in my paces. I started and ended easy and then went up the pyramid of my heart rate zones, starting a new lap after 3 minutes in each zone so I could look at my pace afterwards. I’ll be reporting the results in a future post. It was a cool and delicious 55 degrees. This run made me remember how much I’ve liked my speedwork lately.
Easy run: 71 minutes
I worked from home in the morning, then took the afternoon off work so that I could go to my nephew’s high school commencement. Since I had more time before work, I did a longer run. It seems the longer the run is, the harder it is to keep the pace in the easy heart rate zones.
Trail run: 50 minutes
I didn’t have a lot of time for this run since I had to go back to my family’s house for my nephew’s graduation party. Riverview Park is closest to me, so I went there for a trail run. It was cool but humid. Within minutes of starting out, I came across a big, curious deer on the side of the trail. A few miles later, in another section of the park, I saw movement in the brush. Something larger was moving–I thought maybe it was a groundhog. But then I saw what seemed like birds near it. As I got closer, I saw it was a mama (or papa) turkey with babies! They were all pretty slow moving, calmly heading further into the brush. The babies were very small, and there were lots of them. I was so excited! I always see deer, but to see baby turkeys was a real treat. As usual, this run was so fun and enjoyable, it hardly even seemed like running. And, it’s becoming easier keep to my low heart rate on trails, even on hills. I remember last year when I started running on trails, I felt that not only was I going so much more slowly, but it was also harder than my usual pace. Now, I’m still going slowly, but it’s fun and relaxing and doesn’t feel nearly as hard as it used to. I’ll take that as progress!
My nephew’s party was really nice, but I felt like a glutton afterward. For parties and events, my family seems to make food assuming it’s our last meal before the end of the world. There is enough food to feed a small country. The sweets! I could not resist. They had a strawberry-lemonade sandwich cookie, with a lemony creamy center between two moist, strawberry cookies. There were caramel/german chocolate/walnut cookie bars, and cookies made with Reese’s Pieces. None were vegan, but I had one of each. (There were other cookies, so at least I showed some restraint in not having all of them.) And then I had cake. Both the chocolate and vanilla. Oh my goodness, my stomach was a wreck by the evening. I seriously thought I was going to be sick, so we sat on the couch for the rest of the night instead of going to the Arts Festival like we planned. I’m hoping the silver lining is that I got sick enough that I’ll think twice about eating so many sweets at once in the future.
Rest day. I met up with my blogger buddy from Carina’s Running Career, who was in from Texas visiting in-laws. She did a long run (I stayed home and did meal planning to prep for grocery shopping), and then we met for brunch at The Abbey in Lawrencveille. Oh my goodness! The buffet! They had biscuits with vegetarian sausage gravy, Brussels sprouts, home fries, potato pierogi, fruit salad, freshly made waffles, and made-to-order omelets. So delicious! The biscuits and gravy and Brussels sprouts were the best. I didn’t even think about taking pictures because I was starving and dug right in. We sat outside on the patio and got caught up on all things with life and running. It was awesome! Even though we ate early, that meal filled me the whole day! I will definitely go there again.
For this upcoming week, I’ll run based on these three guidelines:
- Run 80% easy/20% moderate or hard.
- Do some sort of speedwork once or twice–whatever makes up the 80/20 ratio.
- Do at least one trail run.
I’m not planning the training in advance beyond the week I’m in and am keeping it pretty simple. This week I also want to do at least two strength training sessions since I’ve been slacking recently.
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!