Before getting too much into the post, I'll say it was a solid week! I give myself a B+ - because I did skip a mile and wasn't completely successful with my Tuesday workout :)
So here it is - the week that was!
Monday: 5 glue miles w/stides + TRX Cardio Circuit + Strength Training
The first run of the week always seems to go good for me and this week was no exception. Ran this one on the Y-track and the laps went by pretty fast. I was pretty successful sticking within my glue miles pace and nailed the strides after. TRX was a challenge as always, especially the core work. I can't decide if my inability to do a plank in the straps is a strength or coordination issue!
Tuesday: 8 mile workout, inc. 8 x 3-minute intervals
The trick to this workout was that I had to run further for each 3-minute interval. So if I ran 0.44 for the first one, the next one had to be 0.45. And so on. Needless to say, I was nervous going into this workout knowing that it would likely include a ride on the pain train toward the end. I did my 2.5 mile warmup at a snail's pace then did my usual workout prep. Downed a GU, then took off!
I had mixed success. Did the first 3 intervals as planned, but then ran way too fast during the 4th interval. Felt like dying during the 5th interval and only ran as far as the 1st interval. But was able to get back on track during the 6th and 7th intervals. Ran the last interval all out and nearly made it a full half mile! I should add that I developed a nasty foot blister during this workout so the last few intervals were extra fun ;)
Wednesday: 6 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + TRX Cardio Circuit
With a giant blister on the bottom of my left foot, I wasn't sure I would make it through these miles. But, I laced up for a runch and told myself I'd go as far as I could. I wore my heavier Brooks Defyance trainers for this run and they did a great job cushioning my feet so the blister ended up not being a factor during the miles.
I was a little off my game during Fuse - couldn't get going to run my laps as fast as I would have liked but told myself it was okay since I was supposed to be taking a recovery day, plus TRX after!
Thursday: 5 glue miles +
I ran these miles during lunch and they were okay. Oddly enough, they actually felt slightly harder than my miles yesterday. Ended up working late, so no Blitz. Later in the evening I got a bit of exciting news - I won my age group for this year's Winter Run Series! Totally unexpected since I missed a few races!
My medals from this year's Winter Run Series
Friday: Rest Day
A much-needed day off!
Saturday: 12 mile run, inc. 75 sec pickups
Seriously, the best long run I've had in awhile. Usually, the first mile - sometimes the first few miles - are a drag for me but today my legs felt great from the start. Every 10 minutes I ran a 75 second pickup, which made the miles fly by. Plus, I knew after the run I was going to Performance Running Outfitters to pick out a new pair of shoes!
With rain and mega winds, I decided to do this run on a treadmill. Because of that, I kind of dreaded these miles. However, I really wanted to get the run in as part of the Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Kickoff Virtual Run. I think because I was dreading the miles so much, the run actually turned out great. Even though I was running a slow recovery pace, the time went by fast and before I knew it, I had my 5k plus a bit extra :)
Snapped right after the 5k was complete!
P.S. If you haven't checked out the Kickoff Virtual Run yet, I recommend hopping over to the website stat! To participate, all you need to do is run or walk 3.1 miles and upload a pic of your watch, treadmill, etc. It's free and all participants get a cute t-shirt or tank!
Total: 40 miles
My questions for you:
- What run or workout are you most looking forward to this week?
- Which shoes are your current favorite and what do you like about them?
- What did you do over the weekend?