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.
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.