Happy Sunday! Last week I talked about the importance of being patient during the early parts of training. Well, I’m getting impatient. I’m still in the base-building block of training and am itching to move on. At the same time, though, I was really happy this week to do short, easy runs instead of long, difficult runs during this hot spell. I know I can’t have it both ways, so I’m trying to just take it one day at a time during this waiting period.
One interesting note from the week is related to nutrition. Once I start running more than 5 hours in a week, I’ll need to start increasing my high-quality carbs per the Racing Weight nutrition guidelines (I wrote about them previously), where you increase carbs the more hours in a week you spend endurance training. Since I’m still under that mark, I haven’t been paying much attention to nutrition beyond cutting out junk like candy and chips. I haven’t been thinking I need to eat to fuel my short, easy runs. But then on Friday night I had a big sweet potato for dinner and some tater tots when my husband offered me some of his. I got so tired of eating sweet potatoes in my last training cycle that I haven’t eaten them in a long time. Then, before my 5-mile Saturday run, I ate some dates in addition to the banana I usually eat before short runs. What a huge difference in energy! Even though it was really hot Saturday morning, I looked down to see I was running 30 seconds faster than my race pace and it felt easy! I’m still not planning on eating all the sweet potatoes and brown rice just yet, but this was a good reminder that I’ll need to eat well the night before my SOS (something of substance) workouts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays once they start in the next training block.
Here’s how the week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for small, local, rails-to-trails Indiana Veteran’s Marathon on November 6 using a version of the Hanson’s Marathon Method beginner plan customized by a Hanson’s coach
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 19
- Time running this week: 4:08
- Miles this training cycle: 46
- Miles this month: 53.2
- Miles this year: 956.34
- Strength training sessions: 2
The goal of this week’s strength training I’m doing through my Hanson’s Coaching Services subscription was to improve balance. This 40-minute workout focused on lateral balance and stability. I’m loving having a new strength routine each day!
Easy run: 4 miles (73 degrees)
I did another Hanson’s strength routine. This one took 42 minutes and focused on hamstrings, quads, chest, biceps, back, shoulders, and core.
Easy run: 4 miles (62 degrees)
This cool morning was a wonderful reprieve from the heat. I had to really try to slow down, especially in the first miles, because my body just wanted to go. Great run!
Easy run: 3 miles (77 degrees)
This was my worst run in a long time. At 77 degrees (at 5:30 a.m.) it was pretty miserable. My coach gave me an easy run pace range of 1-2 minutes slower than my race pace. I usually don’t look at my watch for easy runs and run by feel and usually end up running at the faster end of the range. This run was at the very slow end of my range, but I didn’t feel bad one bit because it’s what my body needed. Blah!
Easy run: 5 miles (74 degrees)
It was supposed to be a scorcher all weekend, so I headed out early at 6:30 for this run on the river trail near my house. This was the run where I ate potatoes the night before and dates the morning of and ran faster than race pace but it felt easy. When I saw I was running that fast, I made myself slow down, but the heat and humidity just really didn’t affect me on this run. I’m sure it also helped that I was running in shade for most of the run. Another great run!
I had a really busy day Saturday so I skipped my third strength training routine of the week because I just didn’t have time. I was bummed because I really like these workouts.
Recovery run: 3 miles (77 degrees)
I’ve been running with Anna for about a year. Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC introduced Anna to me when Anna moved to Pittsburgh, and Anna has since become an awesome friend. Well, Anna’s husband got a job back in DC, so they are moving this week. Boo! Jamie, who also runs with Anna, and I are so sad! Today was our going-away celebration for Anna. We originally planned to spend the day on Jamie’s boat, but with the excessive heat warning of a heat index of 100+, it was just too hot. Instead, Anna and I met for a trail run around the North Park pool. Even though it was hot, it wasn’t bad at all on the shady trails. Plus, because this was supposed to be a recovery run, we walked some of the hills. After our run we joined Jamie for brunch then spent the day at the North Park swimming pool. Though I grew up with a swimming pool, I’m just not a water person, and I’ve actually never been in a public pool. So I wasn’t sure how I’d like spending the day in a pool. But it was actually a lot of fun! We varied our time between swimming in the deeper section and floating on rafts in the shallow section, and I even got them to go down the water slide even though we all felt much too old for it. And because we spent the entire day in the water, I didn’t feel hot at all. Plus, it was just a nice, relaxing way to say goodbye to Anna.
This week will be yet another week of short, easy runs, but the hot spell is supposed to continue. So while I still feel like a runner-in-waiting, it’s good that at least I’m not miserable from having to run long, difficult runs in the heat…yet!
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I appreciate all the work Holly and Tricia do for their linkup and am happy I’ve got to meet some great new bloggers through the linkup. Thank you, Holly and Tricia! Have a great week!