Guess what?! This week I’m going to try something new, fun, and crazy–pole dancing! I’ve loved the videos Allison at Inverted Sneakers posts of her beautiful pole routine. I found a studio in Pittsburgh, and my running buddies Jamie and Anna agreed to try it with me. It should be fun!
This past week looked conspicuously like a training week. I’ve been gravitating toward the basic Hansons routine just because I like it–speed work on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a longer run on the weekend, supplemented by easy runs. While I’ve wanted to start running 6 days, I’ve been trying to keep it to 5 days so I don’t get burned out before training starts at the end of June (6 more weeks!). But this past week I accidentally ran 6 days. We had a weekend away planned, so I ran Monday when I usually don’t. But then our plans (hiking and an outdoor birthday party a few hours north of Pittsburgh) got canceled because of rain and cool temps in the forecast. And then I just didn’t feel like canceling one of my other runs. My overall mileage is still pretty low, so I’m still feeling like I’m in a sort of active rest phase, even with 6 runs. I think I’ll just keep basing my weekly routine on what I feel like doing, which is working out well for me.
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: 6
- Miles this week: 27
- Miles this month: 46.1
- Miles this year: 664.94
- Strength training sessions: 3
- Time strength training: 85 minutes
Easy Run: 4 miles (50 degrees)
I did my usual trail route, and when I got to the part in front of PNC Park, I saw a guy ahead of me weaving on the trail then taking off his shirt and shoes. As I approached him, he asked, “Should I jump in the river?” “Sure!” I said. “You don’t think I will,” he said. I said, “I definitely think you should do it!” And he jumped in! I watched him to make sure he was swimming around, and he was, so I kept running. Shortly ahead a woman was running toward me, and I stopped her to tell her some guy had jumped in the river ahead. She then told me that another man was threatening to jump off the bridge when she ran by. What was going on!? I kept running, telling myself the guy would be fine, but then I started to worry. You can get out of the river by ladders screwed into the concrete sides of the river trail, but they’re spaced pretty far apart. What if he couldn’t make it to the ladder and drowned? What if he was too drunk and drowned? What if the water was too cold, he went into shock, and drowned? I started feeling pretty guilty for encouraging him to jump in, so I turned around. When I got back to him, he had just gotten out of the river. He was giggly and very much enjoying himself. I guess he had a story to tell his friends! At any rate, what a start to the week!
Intervals: 5 miles (50 degrees and raining)
Again, I did 6 x .25-mile repeats with equal recovery and warm-up and cool-down. This time I tried to keep my pace around 9:00, and I did that successfully until the very last repeat, when I accidentally ran into a cloud of cigar smoke. There’s an obese man who walks on the trail every morning smoking a cigar, and usually I see him (or smell the cigar since it lingers) and put a tissue over my nose to block out the smell. I was really focused on my last repeat and didn’t notice him until it was too late. I slowed down a lot because it felt like that smoke was stuck in my lungs for a while, and I just never recovered. Splits were 8:56, 8:56, 8:59, 9:01, 8:48, and 10:00.
In the evening I did 35 minutes of lower body and core strength training.
Rest day. I did 15 minutes of upper body strength training. Rasputin decided he wanted to get in the photo shoot.
Easy run: 4 miles (56 degrees)
I’d planned on a tempo run, but I was feeling a little tired and just not up for speedwork, so I kept the pace easy.
Easy run: 5 miles (60 degrees)
I had the day off work and decided to go to North Park for a change. I haven’t been there since my race at the end of March. Even though North Park is hilly and my usual trail route is flat, I always seem to run faster and better at North Park, and this run was no exception. The exception was my March race when I didn’t run well…of course!
Easy run: 3 miles (55 degrees and raining)
I headed out when it was raining lightly, but soon it started raining heavily and I got cold, so I cut this run short. Afterwards I did 35 minutes of lower body and core strength.
While my friend had told her husband that his party got rescheduled to next weekend, she actually planned a surprise party for him Saturday instead. She rented out the Kickback Pinball Café in Lawrenceville since he loves pinball. It was a lot of fun, and his reaction was priceless!
Trail run: 6 miles (39 degrees)
Jamie, Anna, and I headed to Frick Park for some trail running. It had gotten colder and was only 39 when we got there. I always love running through the woods, so this was a fun run. And of course, I didn’t mind how chilly it was. I’m grateful to have cool days like this so late in the year. At one point we did see a man yelling to himself about random things and ran fast to get past him. I guess the encounters with odd people on runs came full circle in my first and last runs of the week!
And one more photo to end the post, of Django hoping I’ll give him some of the apple I was eating. He loves fruit!