Friday, June 5, 2015

Fitness Friday

Sunday  - 13 miles, easy pace. I mentioned on Monday that I did this run with another member of my running group. She has similar time goals for our half marathon coming up, so she also had a similar "easy pace" which meant we were able to stick with each other the entire run. This was the first time I'd ever met her, and I always worry that things will be awkward running with a complete stranger. But the conversation was easy, and we got to know each other over the 2 hours that we ran together. We might even try to run Garry Bjorklund together. Her time goal is slightly slower than mine, but she said she'd love to use me as "competition" to keep up with. I'm game for that! Average pace: 9:35.

Monday - no yoga in the AM. But I did do hip & lower leg strengthening after work. I think I might be over yoga. Not 100% sure yet.

Tuesday - Threshold Intervals at the track. The workout included 6 800m repeats at 7:55-8:00 pace. I posted this workout as an event in my running group, mostly because I didn't want to be alone at the track at 5am. I only had 1 taker, who turned out to be a bit of an oddball character. Nice guy, but odd all the same. He ran right next to me through all the laps, and was kind of chatty. I don't mind chatting on a run, but at 5 am...while running much faster than conversational pace...let's just say that he helped to add an extra layer of challenge to this workout. So much so that I lost count during the second set and only did one lap, so we added an extra 400m at the end. However, I was relatively comfortable at the paces, even while talking. So I'll chalk this one up to success! Paces were: 9:38 warm up, 7:58, 8:00 (400m), 7:56, 7:58, 7:56, 7:57, 7:52 (400m), 9:26.

Wednesday - National Running Day! I originally was not planning on running today, but after incessantly checking the weather for this weekend I decided to squeeze in a run after work. I typically run on Sunday mornings, but it's supposed to rain and be gross. I don't want to deal with that. So, 4 miles at easy pace for an average of 9:42 min/mi.

Thursday - Another 4 miles at easy pace. My legs felt a bit tired with the back to back runs, but I couldn't slow down for some reason. My paces broke out at 9:33, 9:37, 9:40, 9:33. This run should have been closer to a 10:00 min pace due to my Wed evening run. Oh well.

Friday - resting. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be running tomorrow morning rather than Sunday morning, so I'm letting my legs take a break. I should have done circuit training, but every once in awhile my quads get a bit sore so I'm just being extra cautious.

Saturday - hopefully 14 miles - a distance PR for this lady. I'd appreciate lots of good thoughts sent my way!

How's your training going? Any big plans on tap for the weekend?


  1. Oh boy, going beyond 13.1 for the first time was a big deal for me. Good luck on Saturday, it sounds like you're ready! :)

    I'm working hard to get my mileage back up---this weekend I'm going to aim for 4 miles. It's not anywhere close to 14, but I'm a work in progress!

    1. 4 miles is nothing to sneeze at either! Depending on the day, 4 miles can still be tough for me!

      I'm excited to be running with a group, but then I worry that the next time I have to do a long run by myself that it'll be that much tougher without company. Stupid mind games!

  2. My running has stopped. I'm too busy! My stomach is too large! It's hot!
    I could go on, but I'll stop there.

  3. I'm going to try to make it for 5-6 miles this weekend. We are supposed to have crummy weather, too. I have a 10k next weekend so I want to get a pretty good idea of where I am for that pace-wise this weekend. I ran on Wednesday, too. Fun to get out there on National Running Day :) Good luck with your 14 miler!!