Weekly Recap: February 24-March 2

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 33

This week started off great and ended up a bit of a mess. Between Colton traveling for work, a teething baby, and the start of a nasty cold/sinuses/allergies - running has been priority zero. That’s life though, right? I’m doing my best to stay positive and not fret about a couple missed runs.

Long Run: 10 miles

Despite hitting a lot of stop lights, this run went well. My legs felt relaxed & strong, I never felt out of breath or labored, which gave me a ton of confidence. I made sure to incorporate a couple hills on the route, in an effort to mix up my training and keep my legs firing on different terrains.

I didn’t take any fuel along for this one, and that ended up being okay. I swung by a water fountain around mile 8 and that was just about perfect. From here on out I will need to have a hydration/fuel plan for my long runs - practicing a plan to execute on race day!

Speed Work: Intervals

This workout was a ton of fun, despite having cramps from hell. (side note: i didn’t realize that when I stopped nursing William, my body would take a minute to balance. This resulted in my period being 7 days late and the WORST cramping i’ve had in a long time). I did this speed work on Thursday - I had woken up at midnight to TERRIBLE cramps, like, felt like contractions - cramps.

I drove to the gym and contemplated just driving back home. Everything hurt and I was already exhausted from being up half the night. I had taken an ibuprofen and eaten a banana before i left home so I gave myself a pep talk - reminded myself the drugs would kick in soon and the cramps would be manageable. I also reminded myself that if I wanted to get this workout in I had to do it now, since Colton was leaving for the next two days. After 6 minutes of sitting in self-pity I opened the door and stepped into the rain. Here goes nothing.

10 minutes of warm up, I shed my raincoat and mentally prepared myself for the next portion of the workout. I had to run a mile in 8:15. I could do it, I had done it on multiple occasions in the build up to Carlsbad. My watch dinged and I went out hard. ‘Too Fast!’, Garmin buzzed at me. I was okay with that - i felt okay, i felt a little uncomfortable but thought i could hold it. Two laps on a half mile track - 8:03. Great.

Next I had two half mile repeats. The ibuprofen had kicked in and I was just enjoying the time I could focus on running hard instead of thinking about my cramps. Okay - two laps and you get a break, you got this. By now there was another guy on the track so I fought to catch him. First lap done, 3:52. Not bad, the goal was 4:00 so that was perfect, but I had more in me. There goes that guy again - work to catch him again. Second lap, done - 3:42. That felt good.

Last part of the workout was 4 x 400 at 1:50. Woof. That was pretty fast. Faster than I had gone so far in the workout. Well, coach thinks I can do it, so I gotta try. 2 laps, broken into 4 sections. First 400 - 1:45. Almost lost my banana on that one. I had three 400’s left, I was going to give them everything I possibly could. Second 400 - 1:44. Great. Keep it up, only 2 more. Third 400 - 1:47. Still close, one more. One more - there was a couple people on the track now - including a group of guys who I always saw at the end of my workout and ALWAYS passed me. Here we go - chase them down. Caught ‘em - 1:44. 10 minutes of cool down then off the gym to get in a strength training session.

GOAL PROGRESS

  • Food: This week was definitely rough in the food department. I ate more ice cream than I should have. I’m definitely trying to curb my sweet tooth, since it’s been out of control lately.

  • Water: 100+ ounces each day, i listened to my body’s cues and drank when I needed to which resulted in more than 100 ounces a couple days this week.

  • Strength:  I completed 2 full body workouts and 1 core workout. I missed Fridays run due to cramps + colton being gone + clingy baby so I ended up missing my core workout too.

I have been finding more confidence in the weight room but I’m definitely more comfortable in my own space on a mat in the hallway. Good thing that’s the perfect spot for rolling out!

I have been finding more confidence in the weight room but I’m definitely more comfortable in my own space on a mat in the hallway. Good thing that’s the perfect spot for rolling out!

Running with my little munchkin has become increasingly fun since he now waves and shrieks at dogs (and some people)!

Running with my little munchkin has become increasingly fun since he now waves and shrieks at dogs (and some people)!