Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On The Upswing!

So the good news is that running the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k seems to have been the kick in the shorts I needed to get motivated to run again! While I didn't exactly follow my plan from Coach Matt last week, it's only because I wanted to get every workout in and do a bit more. I'm definitely feeling more like my normal self :)

A few highlights from last week:

Wednesday Glue Miles
Glue miles = Miles that hold the week together. This week, they were also miles that made the week better. Although it was pretty hot for a lunch-hour run, I felt great! I ran the first mile on the slower side but was able to pick up the pace for the remainder of the run. I was so happy during these miles - the kind of run when you end up smiling the whole time like a crazy person. It totes gave me hope that things are on the upswing!

Long Run at the Pettit
Because I wanted to go to Y-Beach Camp on Saturday morning, I had to do my long run on Friday after work. Lately, it's been pretty hot in Milwaukee, so I decided to treat myself to a run at the Pettit indoor track. Although it meant running in circles for 11 miles, I didn't mind one bit. It was nice and cool and running seemed easy compared to how it felt in the heat earlier in the week. I'll likely run at the Pettit more often this summer if this heat keeps up! 

Y-Beach Camp
I didn't sign up for Y-Beach Camp this summer but Lonnie, one of the instructors, invited me to join the group on Saturday morning since they were going to the Marquette University track. How could I say no? ;)  

 Pic by Lonnie - because I forgot to take one!

It was a grueling workout in the heat but I still had loads of fun. We ran a fast mile on the track, did a bunch of hurdles, walking lunges, shuttle drills, core work and finished up with some 100m sprints. I definitely recommend this class to anyone, at any fitness level.

This week, training is set up so I can do what I want at Thursday's Race for the Bacon 5k. If I want to race it, I can. But if I also want to take it easy and use the run as a workout, that's fine, too. Right now, I'm planning to use it more as a workout, but I reserve the right to change things up as the race gets closer. 

This week's plan includes:

Monday: 4 glue miles
Tuesday: 5 mile workout, inc. 3x800m + Y-Blitz
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: Race for the Bacon 5k!
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 15 mile run
Sunday: 5 recovery miles

Total: 36+ miles

So that's the update! Hopefully I can keep last week's momentum going this week. If things get tough, I'm going to remember this page from my Oiselle Flight Manual:

"You never know when the window of opportunity will open. Be ready to fly through it."

Have a great week everyone!

My questions for you:
  • When was the last time you had a really great run? What made it special?
  • What is on your training plan this week?

- ST


  1. Sometimes races are the perfect thing to get us back into the mood!
    Three weeks ago I had a great run that I really enjoyed. Looking forward to more:) good luck with your training week.

    1. Thanks Kristy! I hope you're recovering some more this week and that you can run again soon!

  2. I'm happy to hear that you're enjoying your runs again! Those off weeks never last too long even though they may feel like they're lasting forever. Have fun at the bacon race! Makes me think of that one commercial for dog treats haha bacon bacon bacon!! :)

    1. Thanks Hailey! Lol - I agree, the race always makes me think of the dog treats commercial, too :)

  3. I'm always amazed at those of you that can do long runs on a track!! I would be bored to tears. I guess you could say the same about me and my treadmill but having a tv to watch helps!

    1. The Pettit is a unique track because it's indoors and is an Olympic speedskating facility. So instead of watching a tv I watch the speedskaters :)

  4. I smiled when I read about your Glue Mile run! I love that crazy smile + feeling! I had a good run with my friend this morning (nothing hurt, wasn't humid) and it was our last one together (she is moving away - so a bittersweet).

    1. Aww, that is super sad to lose a running buddy! Perhaps an excuse to travel in the upcoming months? Destination race! :)