251 days until Chicago. How is it possible for a number to seem so big, yet so small all at the same time! I’ve been keeping my race registrations to a minimum lately because I have bigger goals at hand and when I race every weekend, I tend to wear myself out and get hurt. It also messes with my training plan. Although, I really do miss racing every weekend, I just keep telling myself what the end game is and how proud I’ll be when I get there.
This was a good week for me as I introduced back into my routine speed work. My body certainly wasn’t quite adjusted yet to running hard but I’m proud that my body, and my knee, stood up to the challenge.
Monday: I kept up with routine and went to hot yoga at Yoga Den studio Monday night. I kept my intention the same as last week “Boston.” My hips have been extremely tight as of late and it felt so good to get in yoga to release some of that tension. I think it may also be time for me to schedule an appointment at the Chiro to get adjusted.
Tuesday: Speed work! I’ll start off by saying that it wasn’t pretty but I did it. I did a 1 mile warm up which already felt hard to me so I wondered where I was going to pull speed work out of. Sometimes I will let my mind wander off to tell me I’m not capable and I am trying to turn that part of my brain off. I’ll never make it to Boston if my mind tells me I can’t. So I took off for 5 x .25 with 2 minute recoveries. I was right on track with my sprints alhough it felt like I had just raced a half marathon. I finished with a nice and easy cool down. I also came across my pictures from the Charleston Half Marathon. Last year you’ll remember the notorious “pig face” picture they got of me. This year I got two pretty cool ones of me on Facebook Live crossing the finish line and smiling at the Camera. I like them but certainly not enough to pay the outrageous prices to purchase them.
Wednesday: BBG Leg day. Normally I would hit up yoga on Wednesday nights but Tony got home late from work and the girls were having a hard time getting to bed. So instead I did a fun HIIT workout in the living room from PopSugar Fitness Youtube page and got a great sweat in. Sometimes it’s fun to change up the routine.
Thursday: Arms + Abs. I usually use Thursday as a Tempo day but by the time Tony got home from work it was super dark out and I just wasn’t feeling it at all.
Friday: Tempo run day. I kept my tempo run the same again this week with just a simple 1 mile warm up, 3 miles at tempo, and 1 mile cool down. I managed to get my tempo miles to half marathon pace finally which was a great boost of confidence. I’m slowly, very slowly, seeing my speed come back to me. The sun was also shining so bright, which somehow always lifts my spirits when I’m running. Then Friday night I met up with some of my friends to have a happy hour special at Wasabi. I forgot to take pictures but the Tuna pizza is out of this world delicious. I highly recommend it!
Saturday: Easy 5 mile run. This was just a recovery run from Tempo day. I just went out without looking at my watch and ran based on feel. Surprisingly my mile splits were getting faster without much extra effort. We spent our afternoon with our monthly Sam’s club run and lunch at Panera bread.
Sunday: Sunday morning we headed to Halls Chophouse for Brunch with two of our friends. Our friend Tom was celebrating his 30th birthday and what better way to celebrate than with Halls! We got a mimosa bar for the table that was stocked with Pomegranate, Orange, and Peach juices. I had the French Toast with a side of the hashbrowns for my meal. Of course it’s not a trip to Halls without some shots. Our waiter brought us over complimentary brunch shots that tasted like sorbet! After our meal, we were kindly presented with complimentary dessert as well which was 3 types of ice cream and 3 home made cookies. I was in a sugar coma to say the least but it was AMAZING. After we came home, I changed and headed out with Lana for our “long” run of 8 miles. We took it extremely easy and just enjoyed our chat. I needed to burn off all those brunch calories!
I’m really happy with how this week went. 1 tempo, 1 speed, a long run, and some easy runs all thrown in there. My mileage might not be as high as I would like it to be but as long as I’m staying injury free, I’m happy to build back my mileage slowly. Hopefully another strong week lies ahead!