Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Womp womp

10/20: Rest
10/21: Rest
10:22: 4 miles? TM 
10/23: 4 miles, TM
10/24: 6 miles, TM 
10/25: Rest 
10:26: Rest

Total weekly mileage: 14 whopping miles
Total strength: 0
Total rest days: 4


That was not an exciting week. 

I had a couple things going on last week, namely some weird stomach bug that zapped my energy, and then a mini vacation this past weekend. I did my best to squeeze in some miles but I didn't get in quite as many as my plan indicated.

Oh well.

Normally I'd beat myself up over the lack of running, and overall discipline but I just didn't care last week. Letting my body rest was more important getting in some miles. I have about a month left until the Seattle Half, and I'm feeling ambivalent. I know I should care more, especially since I paid good money to race!  

I am in a neverending self pep talk when it comes to running, and so I'll get back to it tomorrow. Right?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Still here

10/13: Rest
10/14: 6 miles, TM
10/15: 6 miles, TM 
10/16: Rest
10/17: Rest
10/18: 9 miles Ttl (4 TM), 5 outside. Slow
10/19: 5 easy miles with D

Total weekly mileage: 26
Total strength days: 0 (ugh)
Total rest days: 3

Just another week. Not feeling much faster, or much slower.  I am feeling at a not ideal plateau in my running. I haven't run at all this week because i was mildly sick with some sort of rogue stomach bug. Boo. Hoping I can sneak in a run today after work, which rarely happens. I am trying to take these kinds of weeks in stride and am hoping to get a second wind in the coming month. Time is running out. 

Get it? Stride? Running? 

Ba dum bump! Thanks! I'm here 'till Thursday, try the veal!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(Feels like) Week one zillion...

10/6: HIIT and arms. 30 min.
10/7: 6 miles, TM 
10/8: 5 miles, TM (am) Strength, 20 min (pm)
10/9: Rest
10/10: Rest
10/11: 9 miles, TM. 1:23
10/12: 5 miles easy, outside w D

Total weekly miles; 25
Total strength days: 2
Total rest days: 2

Technically I have only been training for 5 weeks, but man it feels like longer. I am not pushing myself as hard as this time last year, and I am learning to (finally?) respect rest and listen to my body, but... really? Only five weeks in? 

So far my longest run has been 11 miles. Not too shabby, but those 11 miles were long and slightly painful. I am gearing up for 10 miles this coming weekend, which will hopefully be outside. Most likely in the rain, dodging car rain waterfalls and deceptive puddles. 

Oh, hello Seattle suburb. Now I remember you.

This past week was an easier but fairly solid run week. I skipped a day because I love my pillow, and I didn't even feel the usual guilt. I am trying to find balance (story of my life...) between miles per week, and run days per week. Right now I feel like four is solid. If I feel like throwing in that extra day, I can use the miles for an easy run. But even with just four, I've been able to hit the miles/week as per my modified training plan. Clearly it takes me a while to figure out that it is useful (insert 100 font DUH right here) to finally nail the actual workouts (hills, tempo, repeats etc..) rather than just running to hit X amount of miles, the end.

 D U H

Anyways, that was last week. Nothing spectacular. I had a great 9 mile treadmill run on Saturday, with the last four miles at GHMP, and then an easy recovery run w a friend on Sunday.

Just chugging along.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weak-ly recap, #4

9.29: 5 Miles, TM
9/30: 4 Miles, outside. Vinyasa Flow with D, 1 hr
10/1: 6 Miles, TM. Tempo run - 2 mile warmup. 3 mile at close to GHMP, 1 mile cool down.
10/2: Rest
10/3 12 Miles. 9.8 Miles, potpourri. 5 solo. 3.7 with D - outside. 1.1 Mile on TM.
10/4: Rest. 10 Minutes strength, arms
10/5: 5 Miles, outside. 4 with JB

Total weekly mileage: 25.8
Total Strength/XT days: 1.5 days
Rest Days: 2

I had the best week. I was home from work all week, and while I definitely ran less than I had intended to, I enjoyed every second of my time. As I am apt to do, I once again adjusted my training to a plan I found in this book, borrowed from dear EC. Most of the information in the book is pretty basic but I love having it as a general reference guide for everything from training to nutrition. Plus, who doesn't love holding an actual, real book.

The intermediate half marathon plan  found in the book is basically the modified version of the more mileage heavy plan I had originally been using. This one is similar enough but let's be real, it's way more doable for me. I switched halfway through this past week, and was happy to see my 12 mile long run was now to be an 8 mile run. I know it's only 4 extra miles, but those extra miles can do a number on my mental weakness strength

Note to self: Work on my mental strength.

Anyways, none of my runs were particularly fast or feel good, but I got them done. My hamstrings were strangely very tight, and my arms were on fire all week from yoga. I wanted to squeeze in one more run for the week, and yesterday morning's weather was perfect, so I wrangled JB into an easy 4 mile jaunt around the neighborhood. Mind you, he had just gotten off the plane not even 12 hours prior. I promised we'd go slow and easy, and I even let him stop a few times. However, I miscalculated our distance and at 4 miles, we were still a mile away from home. At this point, he was feeling slightly nauseated, probably from fatigue and dehydration perhaps? He was very very annoyed with me not too happy about having to slog home the extra mile, so he stopped to walk while I motored on forward to burn rubber for 1 more mile on my own.

5 bright easy miles to end the week. Some grumblings from my running partner, but he'll get over it.

Guess which mile I ran solo...


Mile 1- 10:10
Mile 2 - 9:57
Mile 3 - 10:00
Mile 4 - 9:55
Mile 5 - 8:37