Monday: Why is the weather always cooler on rest days? Anyone have this problem? Though it may not look that much cooler from the weather stats, Monday was so much cooler than the rest of the week. Thank you clouds. I celebrated by grilling out for dinner.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Tuesday: Body is feeling mostly back to normal. I do still have some tightness in my neck and shoulder at the end of the day, but nothing that restricts my ability to be a functioning human. I celebrated by adding strength training back in (arms and abs) and was no worse for the wear. Yay for taking it easy and having it help! Feel like a responsible athlete.
Planned: 5 miles easy Actual: 5 miles (8:44/mile pace)
Wednesday: For today's run I headed over to Lullwater park to get in some trail miles. It was a hot one (high 80s) and the shade did offer a little relief. Though I had not planned any speed work, a new sign in the park caused me not to lollygag on my laps. I ran 4 laps of the reservoir (0.9 miles each) and then headed out of the park to complete my runcommute home. One small design flaw in my planned route was that I ended up with two fairly long back to back climbs starting 4.5 miles into my run (0.5 miles out of the park to the start of my usual runcommute) and then another 0.4 mile climb only 0.4 miles later. I was definitely feeling with on both of these climbs, but they served as some good training on not fresh legs.
Planned: 8 miles Actual: 7.7 miles (9:09/mile pace)
Lovely. It probably should say "poison ivy and venomous snakes". Time to pick up the pace!Thursday: Today found me back inside on the treadmill enjoying some flat terrain, air conditioning, and new sneakers! Yep, I finally got around to buying new ones. I totally misread the description online and thought they were maroon and was more than a little shocked when I received a bright purple pair of sneakers in the mail. Seeing as my ability to get to the post office in a timely manner is lacking, I'll be rocking these Purple Mile Eaters for a few hundred more miles. Any ideas on what to name them?
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 5 miles (8:41/mile pace) + Leg Strength training+Foam Roller
Meet the Purple Mile Eaters. I swear I thought they were Maroon on-line.Friday: My legs were definitely ready for some rest.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest and foam rolled
Saturday: I was more than a little slow getting going this morning, so I didn't start my run until around 9:30. It was a hot one. I spent most of the run trying to slow down and keep my pace easy, but I have a hard time running slow when I run alone. I'm really trying to have specific workouts this training cycle and learning to slow down will be an important part of that. Anyone have any good tricks?
Planned: 10 miles Actual: 10 miles (9:04/mile pace)
Sunday: Group run! I met up with a coworker and some of her running buddies for a 5 miler. They tend to run a slower pace and that really helped me slow down. It was a nice easy run with some new company. Great way to shake the legs out.
Planned: 6 miles Actual: 5.3 miles (9:54/mile pace)
How was your week? Anyone race?