What a difference a week makes!
Clear roads. Warmth. Sunshine. Shorts.
The change in weather came at just the right time for last week’s workouts. I’m 12 weeks out from Sugarloaf Marathon. The workouts are getting more intense. The mileage is creeping up. I hit the 40+ weekly mileage stage and am feeling pretty damn good.
It’s amazing how you can feel a million times lighter and more gazelle-like with ditching 10,000 layers.
Monday’s are my cross training and strength days.
30 minutes recumbent bike with intervals
15 minutes rowing machine
20 minute strength workout mostly on the BOSU ball.
When my physical therapist suggested I get a BOSU ball two years ago, I didn’t think I’d use it that much. Turns out that it’s the best thing since sliced bread for any kind of workout! I think it’s made a huge difference in not only my balance but strength too.
Morning Yoga Flow class at Bending Bodhi
Usually I run first thing in the morning, hustle home to get the kids ready and off to school and then head to yoga class. I decided to sleep in (6 a.m. woohoo!) so I could enjoy my run in the warmth and sunshine later in the day. Plus, any workout that has a prescribed pace scares the pants off me. I felt like I had a better chance of nailing the paces in the light of day rather than the dark.
Planned: 8 miles, Fartlek – 5 x 5:00 at 7:45-7:50 pace
Actual: 9 miles, 5 x 5:00 @ avg pace 7:42. I didn’t want to run 9 miles but I misjudged how far away from home I was. Opps!
Side note: It may have only been 41 degrees but wearing shorts never felt better.
Lori and I went up and down the hilliest streets in town first thing in the morning for 6 miles of fun. Although it wasn’t nearly as warm as the day before, there were birds singing and an increasing amount of runners out at zero dark thirty. It can only mean one thing – spring is near!
Where were these runners when it was 10 degrees a few weeks ago?!?!
Strength training during my lunch break at work. Perks of working in a rehab gym!
A.M. Morning Flow Yoga class
I moved my long run to Thursday for two reasons. Earlier in the week I thought I might run an evening snowshoe race on Saturday (it eventually was cancelled because of lack of snow) and the forecast for Thursday was supposed to be the best day yet. I wanted to enjoy the warm weather as much as I could before it goes away. You know it will – it’s only February!
Again, this workout freaked me out seeing it on paper – 14 miles with the last 5 miles at goal marathon pace (8:20). I haven’t run a workout like that in a very, very long time. The doubt machine was on high. I made sure that the first 9 miles were at a comfortable easy pace. As I neared mile 9, I flipped on the positive self talk switch to get rid of negative Nellie.
I can do hard things.
I am strong.
My body knows what to do.
Don’t think. Just do.
Guess what? It worked!
It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be. The only problem was the third mile. I had run out of Tailwind/water and was so unbelievably thirsty. My body was not ready for 60 degrees and full sunshine. It felt like I was in the Sahara desert.
I stopped to refill my bottle briefly and kind of lost my rhythm as I had to restart running again up a long hill. But then I regrouped and got my pace back down for the last two. Average pace for the last 5 miles: 8:18. BOOM!
Nicole and I met up for an easy run. I had planned a route that was mega hilly to practice climbing and running downhill to mimic Sugarloaf but it was so foggy that I didn’t think it would be wise to run it. Most of the route is on a busy road with minimal shoulder space. We still had some hills on the alternative route because there’s no way to avoid hills entirely in my town. They are everywhere!
Planned 8 miles, easy
Actual: 9 miles because we were talking too much for me to notice when we were 4.5 miles from my house. Opps I did it again!
Four easy recovery miles in a wind that hit me in the face no matter what direction I ran. How is that even possible?
We didn’t have any big plans for the morning so I slipped away to the A.M. Morning Flow Yoga class at the studio. It was the perfect way to cap off a successful week of running!
How was your week in workouts?