Monday: Vacuuming and foam rolling, cross-training regimen of champions.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Tuesday: Switched Tuesday's and Wednesday's workouts. Headed down to Lullwater park for a hot one to try out the new trail shoes. I managed to squeeze in about every surface possible (pavement, wooded trail, gravel road, grassy knoll). Overall the shoes felt good and spacious. They are definitely different from the purple mile eaters, but nothing bothered me about them. The highlight of the run was when a little bunny raced me in the trees (he kicked my butt and was way too fast to get a picture). I was pretty achy later in the evening, probably due to the new shoes working my legs differently than my usual and probably the reason they always tell you to run in different types of shoes.
Planned: 6 miles Actual: 8 miles (9:12/mile pace)
I love this random suspension bridge in the park.Wednesday: No residual soreness or achiness from the new trail shoes. Headed back down to Lullwater for another hot one and did the hillier road loop in the purple mile eaters.
Planned: 8 miles Actual: 6 miles (9:07/mile pace)
Thursday: Ran inside on the treadmill to get a little break from the heat. Nothing too exciting to report, but my legs did feel a bit tired.
Planned: 6 miles Actual: 6 miles (8:50/mile pace)
Friday: I rested and it was good.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Longest run to nowhere.Saturday: Received a sad text from the Jayhawk at the start of his 5k: The Garmin is dead. It's been getting a bit quirky, so this was not shocking, but still not what you want to hear the morning of a long run. With impending storms (I need dry sneakers for Sunday) and a phone that wouldn't be able to track for 3 hours (I like to make sure I have battery available in case of a real emergency), I did what I didn't want to do: headed indoors for another epic treadmill run. I decided to push the pace a bit during this run because it turns out the faster you run, the faster you can get off the treadmill. There's some motivation for you. I ran the 'middle' 8 at a higher tempo and was definitely done when I hit 20. This run made me pretty excited for fall marathon training (focus on the positive, not the fact that someone left the TV on 'Sprouts' for 2 hours and didn't give me the remote). Oh, and the Jayhawk rocked his 5k.
Planned: 20 miles Actual: 20 miles (8:46/mile pace)
All by myself.Sunday: Back outside. Initially I wasn't sure what to expect from this run. I felt tired when I started, but not achy, sore, or anything like that. Turned into a nice negative split run and finished strong. There is hope!
Planned: 8 miles Actual: 7.7 miles (8:36/mile pace)
Because we all knew I would probably starting thinking about this once the 50k bug caught me, here is an article from Trail Runner Magazine about Training for your first 50 miler. This should surprise no one that I am thinking about one.
How was your week? How do you get through treadmill runs?