Last week was a very strange training week. I started the week really sore from the combination of running through the snow at Punk the Monk and my first 20 miler. I ended up switching my Tuesday and Thursday runs so that I wouldn’t have to do speed work on tired and sore legs but then ruined my “taper” for a tune-up race I never signed up for. I also felt exhausted and borderline sick all week. I’m not sure if it was a time change thing or if I was actually fighting something. *Sigh*. Even still, I made it through the week and got in some pretty decent runs.
Monday – OFF. I wanted to do a strength/core DVD but decided rest was probably best.
Tuesday (AM) – 7 mile recovery run (8:31 min/mile). My schedule called for a VO2 max workout but when I woke up my hamstrings were really tight and I thought it was best to run some recovery miles. I started slow and increased my pace as my legs loosened up. I felt so much better after this run that I started to wonder if I should be doing shakeout runs the day after my long run. Thoughts? It was also dark and snowing and I missed the morning light!
Tuesday (PM) – Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6 Pack Level 2 (35 mins). Nothing too exciting to say about this besides it was tough!
Wednesday – 11 mile medium long run (8:05 min/mile). My legs were still a little stiff but definitely feeling better than on Tuesday morning. I ran at an easy pace that didn’t tax my legs too much. It was really really cold in the morning and I definitely felt the chill all day!
Thursday (AM) – 8.2 mile VO2 max with 5 x 600 m at 5k race pace (7:41 min/mile). Thursday is the morning I woke up feeling exhausted and pretty lethargic. My body did not want to move. I ran three warm up miles and then 5 x 600 m at about a 6:30 min/mile. I also slowly jogged about 500 m between each interval. My body did not want to do speed work so while I was hitting my pace, I took my sweet time jogging. I finished up with a one mile cool down.
Thursday (PM) – 30 Day Shred Level 1 (20 minutes). I wanted to get in some strength but considering how I’d been feeling all day, I decided to keep it short and sweet and knock out a workout from the 30 Day Shred. I’m always so surprised by how exhausted my arms are after this workout!
Friday – 6 mile recovery run w/ 6 x 100 m strides (8:25 min/mile). I slept a lot on Thursday night so I actually woke up on Friday ready to run. I was supposed to be tapering for a race that I didn’t sign up for, so I kept my recovery short and slow and managed to squeeze in some strides at the end.
Saturday – 11 mile run with 8 miles at marathon pace (7:34 min/mile). I was supposed to be racing 8k-15k while running 9-13 miles total but I didn’t sign up for a race and figured I’d just push myself to run race pace miles. When I woke up still feeling exhausted from the week, I knew that sub-7 min miles would be both really difficult and possibly risky (it’s too close to Boston to get injured!). I decided to run a two mile warm-up, 8 miles at marathon pace, and then one mile cool down. The wind was crazy and the first 3.5 marathon pace miles were around a 7:40 into the wind. When I turned around though I was flying and consistently hitting sub-7:20′s. It was absolutely due to the wind but it was fun! I ended the run with a one mile cool down and some stretching.
A few of Ian’s friends were in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day so we headed out to meet them. Nothing too crazy for me besides wearing holiday-themed glasses but it was still fun to be out with everyone. Plus, Emily met up with us for a bit!
Sunday – 17 mile long run (8:00 min/mile). If you follow me on twitter or daily mile, you would have seen how I completely entered this run in incorrectly. Whoops. I promise you if I find some secret way to increase my pace to 4:00 min/miles, I’ll let you guys know! I wasn’t really feeling up to running long when I woke up but I had my rice cake with peanut butter and headed out to run at around 7:30. I opted to run south along the lakeshore path which I haven’t done in a while and the change of scenery made the miles fly by. I’m also always in awe of the skyline coming back into the city, even when it’s overcast and foggy. Love it.
Strength kind of slacked last week but considering how I was feeling, I’m not too upset about it. My goal is to get 3 days of strength in this week: Monday (today), Tuesday, and Thursday and have a great final week of higher mileage before taper starts!
How were your workouts last week?