Ahh, after a rough week 5, I needed a solid week of hard training. And I got it last week. I dropped back my mileage, but I’m really happy with my three quality runs and cross training.
Monday: 1 hour yoga + 1 hour spin. Monday was a rough day. I was incredibly tired and the fact that John had the day off for President’s day made it worse. It was a looong day at work.
Yoga. I was exhausted on Monday, so I decided to skip yoga to get some extra sleep. I did kick butt on my speed session though. The plan called for 5 x 1,200, but I switched it up a bit:
1 – 1,600 (7:40 min/mile) 1 – 1,200 (7:40 min/mile) 1 – 1,600 (7:40 min/mile) 2 x 800 (7:40 min/mile)
6 miles total
Wednesday: 1 hour spin
I woke up with a funky sore throat. I cannot afford to get sick right now! I drank some Emergen-C in the morning, took my multi-vitamin, and ate a kiwi and oranges at work.
Thursday: 8 mile tempo run
Friday: 1 hour yoga
Saturday: 17.15 miles (3:04:47)
My alarm went off at 7 and I was out the door shortly after 8. I drove to Discovery Park with just a loose idea of where exactly I would run. I’ve only run through Discovery Park once and walked once (totally shameful – it’s a great place to run), so I thought I could explore the trails a bit and then run along Magnolia Boulevard. I had no set plans – just that I was going to run 17 miles.
I’m not an adventurous person when it comes to training runs. I run the same routes over and over again, similar to how I like to watch the same movies and order the same dishes at restaurants. I’m very risk-adverse in running and in life.
However, I’ve grown tired of my normal running routes in the city. I’m sick of waiting at stop lights, and I need to incorporate more rolling hills into my runs. I occasionally run hills, but most of my runs are very flat with just a couple short hills. I want to incorporate more hills to build strength.
I started my run and my hands were freezing. They were literally painfully cold. After only a mile, I circled back to my car and got my gloves. My hands felt better within a few minutes and I was able to focus on the run.
I ran through the park, which was great and there were lots of rolling hills. Unlike my other training runs, I wasn’t concerned with pace. I knew it was going to be a hilly, challenging run, so my only goal was to run 17 miles and keep my breathing under control.
I eventually made my way out of the park and I ran along Magnolia Boulevard until I got to the Magnolia bridge. I turned around and headed back to the park where I made two more loops.
It was an awesome run and a great way to finish the week.
Total: 31.15 miles