Week 7Monday: Ug, Mondays. Nothing like walking your she-beast at 6 in the morning only to have her leash break and you chase her around in your PJs whisper-yelling like the crazy neighborhood nut so you don't wake everyone up but also spastically running around so the all black hound doesn't get hit by a car. I caught her when she stopped to tinkle. Homegirl still has wheels.
Planned: Easy 4 Actual: 4 miles (9:23/mile)
Not the most useful leash. It was over 10 years old, so I guess I shouldn't complain.Tuesday: First speed workout. Since I don't have a recent 5k time to use, I guesstimated from recent short runs and other times. Overall it felt good throughout the workout: challenging, but doable. It was also Giving Tuesday and I challenged the Jayhawk to run or donate and he decided to run the half this year at DONNA! So excited to have him join in!
Planned: 8x600 Actual: 5.5 miles total with 8x600 @7:30/mile
Wednesday: Still getting used to the whole Wednesday rest day thing, but was productive by starting my TGiving cooking. In addition to the whole Turkey/Gravy/Cornbread thing, we made this Winter Vegetable Hominy Hash en Croute from Thug Kitchen. If you aren't familiar with Thug Kitchen, you're welcome (but beware, they like to swear. A lot.). It was fabulous and I plan to make it again.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Thursday: Thanksgiving Day! I'm not much of a holiday person, but I do enjoy Thanksgiving. Something about eating and cooking all day makes me happy. Started off the day with 3 miles with the Jayhawk and added on an extra two by myself.
Planned: 5 Tempo Actual: 5 miles easy (9:09/mile)
Planned: Easy 4 Actual: Rest
Saturday: Feet still felt off. I've hard this kind of tweaky problem in the past after speed work and it seems to be back. I felt fine during my work on Tuesday, but my residual tightness/soreness makes me worry about how my stride might be changing during the workouts. I've been doing my speedwork on the treadmill because I run after work and don't have access to a track. I think this accounts for most of the issue. Definitely need to find a way to increase speed without feeling off.
Planned: Easy 6 Actual: Rest
Sunday: Feet felt a lot less achy, so I headed out for an easy run. A few days off seemed to do the trick.
Planned: Long 10 Actual: 6.25 (9:22/mile)
Week 8Monday: I loved this picture from last year's finish line that 26.2 with DONNA posted on Instagram. I am so excited for the race this year!
Planned: 6 Easy Actual: 5 miles (9:23/mile)
Planned: Actual: 5.5 miles (4 miles @8:33/mile)
Wednesday: Came home to a surprise! For the record, I screamed like a small girl as I was afraid it would give the Monster rabies because, in my panic, I assumed it had to be rabid if it was in the house. In reality, it came in Santa-style and fell down the chimney. I managed to chase it out of the house without major damage (it did break a few things and wiz on the couch). The Monster, who is more than an avid squirrel chaser to put it nicely, was still in her crate at the time and it's the only reason our house wasn't complete wrecked by this event. She is still pissed the enemy infiltrated her castle.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Finding a Squirrel in your house after work is a great form of heart rate training. #ItWasSupposedToBeRestDay— RunningEB (@runningeb) December 3, 2015
Thursday: Felt a little tired at the start but had no trouble completing it. Had this surprise when I left the gym.
Planned: 5 Tempo Actual: 6.5 miles (5 miles @ 8:33/mile)
Planned: 5 Easy Actual: 5 miles (9:23/mile)
Saturday: A little faster than planned, but that tends to happen if I do my easy runs alone or not on the treadmill. I have a habit of getting lost in my thoughts and not checking my pace on my garmin. Not overly worried that it happened, but need to make sure it doesn't become too much of a habit as I am trying hard to stick to my plan.
Planned: 6 Easy Actual: 6 miles (9:01/mile)
Sunday: Hmm, once again about 20 second per mile ahead of schedule. While I am pretty happy with how strong I felt late in this run (solid negative splits between the first 5 miles (9:01 average) and the last 5), I need to do a better job of keeping my pace in check. I will say that my legs felt a bit sluggish at the beginning, so the whole 'running on tired legs' thing is going very well. One fun thing did happen along my run: I ran through an active movie set! I was running along the same route from Saturday when I noticed the set (several neighborhood homes) were packed with folks cameras, etc. At first I wasn't sure if they would let me through, but I ran quietly by as they called "action," although the cameras were facing into one of the homes so not chance of me being in the background. After a little googling later, I learned it's A Meyers Christmas, coming to a screen near you next fall. Celebrated the miles by going on a wine tasting date with the Jayhawk in the mountains. It was the perfect day for it: cool, but nice in the sun.
Planned: 10 Long Actual: 10 miles (8:51/mile)
How was your week(s)? Did you do anything special for Thanksgiving?