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Monday: Planned rest day
Took the hubs and pup to try the restaurant where I’m working for the summer. J loved it!
Tuesday: Forced rest day
Work got out of control and I ended up going in really early and then coming home that evening and having to work all night on some urgent projects. Then I was in bed early to get up to run the next morning.
Wednesday: 4 mile run – 10:15, 10:21, 10:16, 10:27
Up at 4:45 a.m. and at Mandy’s house by 5:30. We did an out and back along side part of the lake and down the Parkway. It was nice and quiet that early in the morning.
Thursday: Another forced rest day because of work and then worked second job that evening.
Friday: One hour personal training session
I slept terribly the night before. I’m sure it had something to do with coming home from work close to 10 p.m., having not eaten anything since noon that day. So I scarfed down my staff meal and went to bed not too long after. Then, I proceeded to dream about *N Sync and John Stamos.
Anyways, I was pretty tired during my session today, but woke up quickly after our warmup. We did some leg work on the Pilates Reformer and also single leg lunges with weights…ouch. Upper body and core was done with TRX and dumbbells. I’m definitely starting to see some progress in my arms!
Friday night I was supposed to go to a Twins game with the hubs and our friend but opted for a night in instead. And it was lovely. It started with a nap and ended with Nuun hydrating, Marie Claire and Runner’s World and catching up on blogs.
Saturday: 4 mile run. 10:03, 9:48, 9:45, 10:23
The humidty finally broke in the Twin Cities so this run felt glorious. The only downside was it was one of those runs where it felt like I was running faster than I actually was.
Ran with my friend Stef who is also training for TCM. And I broke in my new Sauconys.
The rest of the day was spent exploring St. Paul (or eating our way through St. Paul) with the hubs and mother-in-law. It was a lot of fun!
Sunday: 13 miles in 2:05. 9:23 pace.
Oh man. This is the run I needed. I got up at 6 a.m. and had two slices of Ezekiel sprouted grain toast with almond butter and a cup of coffee. KK and I took off around 7:30 at which time it was lightly sprinkling but the air temperature was amazing (60 degrees and not humid at all). The forecast said 0% chance of precipitation, so we thought we’d be safe — but I grabbed a hat just in case. Not two miles in and the rain started coming down…hard. Despite the rain and the fact that my legs were dead tired with some tight glutes happening, I felt pretty strong and KK and I were maintaining a pretty good pace — right where my training plan was calling for:
Miles 1-6: 9:34, 9:28, 9:22, 9:48, 9:16, 9:23
Side note: I think running with friends again is what’s slowly getting me out of my running funk. My past couple of runs have been with a running buddy and they’ve been much more enjoyable.
We had decided on an out-and-back route, so at 6.5 miles we turned around and headed back. Sometime around mile 11 I realized I hadn’t taken in any nutrition (I had a few sips of water at the fountain at mile 3.5) but I felt fine. I wasn’t able to sprint at the end but I also didn’t feel like I was going to die either.
Miles 7-13: 9:17, 9:00, 8:56, 9:18, 9:11, 9:53, 9:28
I could really get used to running in these cooler temperatures (it was nice to not have to carry water with me) and running in the rain was probably good practice.
Rested for a couple of hours and then headed to work — remember those days where I’d lay around for most of the day after my long runs? Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore.
I got home around 9:30 p.m., exhausted from work and checked my FitBit app. Over 32,000 steps for the day!
I’m moving my runs up in the week this week because I’ll be in Chicago this weekend for the Big Ten 10K! Getting excited for this one and it’s perfect timing because it’s a dial back week next week with no long run to sacrifice for the race.
How’d your workouts go last week?