With week 8 of training done, I’m off to enjoy vacation! I wanted to get this recap up before I leave while it’s fresh in my mind, but I’ll be taking a break from the blogging world this week.
Every year Dave and I go hiking in national parks. We traveled internationally when we were younger, but there’s too much we want to see right here. The national parks are one of the true treasures of this country, and we want to spend our vacations exploring them. That said, we’ve been to all the ones with easy access, so going to national parks involves a lot of sucky parts of travel–long flights, layovers, long drives once we fly into the closest city, etc. Last year, we decided we would change it up and drive somewhere close to give us a break from all the travel. We’ve been to the mountains within driving distance (Adirondacks in New York, Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah Mountains) so decided to do something really different.
We’re going to the beach! We are not beach or water people. I like water that I can see at a distance, like lakes surrounded by mountains. But neither of us likes getting in or on water. However, our dog loves water and he’s never been to a beach. So, this is really a vacation for the dog as much as it is for us. I can’t wait to see what Django thinks of the ocean! It will be a pretty short drive, and the week should be pretty low-key and relaxing.
As for the week in training, it was the first time that it was a bit rough. I think two months of training have finally caught up with me, and I felt pretty tired. Here’s the low down. I didn’t have time to pull the pics in, but they’re all up on Instagram if you didn’t catch them yet! 31.5 miles for the week.
Easy Run: 4 miles
This was my 6th consecutive run, and only the second week I’ve done 6 days of running. I was tired and so happy to have a rest day coming up.
Rest day! I decided to take a full rest day and move my strength training to another day.
Easy with Speed: 7.5 miles
This workout was to be 5 x 1K repeats at 10K pace. 1K equals .62 miles, by the way–I had to look it up! But because I had a tempo run scheduled for Saturday, I had to significantly reduce the hard effort to keep to the 80/20 ratio for easy/hard running. So, I could do exactly 1K at 10K pace. Ha! I wanted to keep the full volume of 7.5 miles, so ran a 5-mile warm-up before the 1K. I was so grateful that most of this run was an easy effort. Rest days are similar to walk breaks for me–once I stop running, my body seems to be like, Cool, I’m done running forever! and running again is so much harder. That’s why I don’t think I could ever do run-walk training. As for rest days, I think my body would actually be better if I just ran 1 mile instead of taking the day off, but I do like the break from waking up so early. All this to say that I was exhausted heading into this run and never really felt better. When I started the speed portion, it was really rough to get to 10K pace, and I couldn’t quite manage it and was a bit slower. This wasn’t the prettiest run, but running 7.5 miles before work when I felt really tired is good mental training, so I’ll take it.
In the evening, I did 22 minutes of strength training.
Easy run: 4 miles
Again, I was really, really tired, even though I slept deeply for even longer than I usually do. It was super humid out, and I just felt blah.
Easy run: 3 miles
I felt less tired but only had time for 3 miles because I had to be in the office earlier.
Tempo run: 9 miles
This was 6 miles at marathon pace sandwiched in between WU and CD with my friend Jamie. It was only 60 degrees but 100% humidity. As the run progressed, it got warmer and harder. At one point I was so hot I had to run into a bathroom to splash cold water on my face, body, and hair. We stopped briefly a few other times at water fountains, but otherwise kept up with the workout. We went mostly by feel, and aside from one mile that was slower because it had some long bridge climbs, our pace was actually in my marathon pace range. Done, but rough!
Easy run: 4 miles
And with that, I’m off to the beach! I plan to run, but less miles. Have a great week!