Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Week That Was

To switch things up a bit this week, I decided to do a recap of last week's training instead of going through this week's plan. I've seen a few bloggers do this and love reading about their runs and workouts. 

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 + Y-Blitz
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!

Cute, right?

Sunday: 5 4 recovery miles
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?

- ST

10 comments:

  1. Great week, Sun! That interval workout sounds super tough, but it seems like you pushed through the discomfort and finished off strong. And congrats on your winter run series win! That's such an awesome reward for putting in all those wintery miles :).

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    1. Thanks Hailey! It was a total surprise - I honestly thought I was completely out of the running for winning any series awards after being such a wimp and skipping a few races due to the weather. :)

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  2. I'm looking forward to my longish run...17 miles. I am loving the taper!!
    Fave shoe: Saucony Kinvara!

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    1. I love Kinvaras, too! I'm actually due for a new pair - I recently went to my local running shop and they said no more than 300 miles on Kinvaras and mine are already around that amount!

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  3. This looks like an A to me!! Congratulations on a job well done in that race series! What a very cool surprise! :)
    My fave shoe...Tie between Hoka Clifton and Adidas Boost. Love them both for different reasons. The Clifton are great for long runs and the Boost for shorter, speedier things.

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    1. I haven't tried Hokas yet but I've heard good things about them. I believe my coach wears them for some runs. I'll have to check them out when I go to a running store again, which knowing me will probably been within the next few weeks :)

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  4. Great week! I really like adding little pick-ups into runs - I've found it really makes the run fly by and I feel like my legs actually feel lighter/better for it. Clearly you can't do it for every long run but it's definitely something to incorporate at times!

    PS congrats on all your wins this year in the winter race series! Seriously impressive!

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    1. Thanks Nicole :) I agree - the little pick-ups make all the difference during a long run. Helps split up the distance a bit!

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  5. Awesome week and great way to kick off your virtual race series!!!
    Mizuno Creations and Waves are my favorite running shoes right now:)

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I have yet to try Mizuno shoes - I've heard great things about them though :)

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