Wednesday – 5 mile bike ride (to and from work).
Keeping my bike safe and sound in my office.
Thursday – 9 mile run with 6 miles at marathon pace (average pace for the entire run- 7:46 min/mile). I ran a 1.5 mile warm-up, 6 miles near 7:39, and a 1.5 mile cool down. It felt a little bit easier than last week’s tempo run (I’m sure the lower humidity helped a lot) but my body seemed to want to hover around a 7:33 min/mile which is just too fast for me right now. While the tempo miles felt good, the cool down was a mental struggle — I was ready to be done!
Friday – 6.3 miles at an easy pace (average pace – 8:09 min/mile). After the fourth’s festivities, I let myself sleep in a little bit and by the time I woke up, it was hot! I also felt tired and headachey so I pushed through a bit too quickly to just get the run done.
Saturday – Easy 8 miles (average pace – 8:02 min/mile). I’m not sure what my problem was but another quick run. Maybe I was excited to go to Zumba? Who knows. My legs felt good and I wanted to enjoy my run rather than worry about pacing. My stomach was off a bit though.
After running, I changed shirts, packed a bag, grabbed a portable breakfast, and headed down to Millennium Park to go to a free Zumba class in the park. It was really fun to try and more difficult than I thought but it’s not something I’d pay money to attend. I would like to go back to Zumba in the park this summer though!
Sunday – Easy 8 miles (average pace – 8:31 min/mile). I woke up with tried and achey legs from running + Zumba so I decided to take my run easy. It was humid but cloudy which made a huge different and it was almost enjoyable outside. The path was also pretty vacant which was weird. My stomach also bugged me a little, I think it was the pack of gum I bought on Friday. I usually don’t chew it.
Monday – Easy 6.3 miles (average pace – 8:26 min/mile). I was fast asleep when my alarm went off and I did not want to get up and run. I’m still transitioning to the whole running on Monday’s thing and it hasn’t been easy . I knew I’d feel better afterwards though so I forced myself out of bed and out the door. It was crazy humid outside but sprinkled during my last mile which was fantastic.
Tuesday – 9 miles with 5 x 1000 m at 4:06 with 400 m recovery + warm up and cool down (average pace – 8:06 min/mile). I warmed up with 2.5 miles (distance to the track) and then jumped on the track for my speed work. My first two 1000′s were right at 4:06 but I started to lose pace on the last three. I’m sure it was due to a combination of being out of track shape and the heat and humidity (80 degrees and 80%+ humidity at 6 am). I managed to complete the workout though and didn’t throw in the towel although I stopped more frequently to get water than I intended. I also skipped the last 400 because I was out of time. I jogged the 2.5 miles home and was surprised that my legs weren’t completely shot.
Total miles: 46.6 running; 5 biking
I’m feeling pretty good after this week. My legs definitely were tired over the weekend but at this point, I feel like I could run today and feel fairly normal. I won’t because I’m being careful right now but it’s nice to feel this strong.
I forgot how much of a mental struggle running on a track can be. I mean, I never thought it would be easy to jump back into it… but I definitely underestimated it. Track workouts are far from my favorite and I tend to be a better long distance runner than a sprinter any way but I keep telling myself that even if for some reason the track workouts offer no physical benefits to me, they’re a mental workout that will make me that much stronger at mile 22.
How have your workouts been?
Please note: I e-mailed the winners of the Color Me Rad 5k race entries (2) and they have until end of day tomorrow to respond before I will select new winners. Thanks!