6 weeks down, 14 more weeks to go!
The good news is I was still able to get all of my mileage in for this week, I just had to move everything around a bit. I think the key to sticking with any sort of training plan is leaving yourself some room for flexibility. I swapped my Wednesday and Friday distances, and Saturday’s long run with Sunday’s rest day. (ETA: I wrote this before checking my watch and realized my 4 mile run was actually 3.87 so technically I was .13 mi short.)
- Distance: 3 mi
- Time: 32:12
- Pace: 10:44
Hello, speedwork! This was my first speedwork session since… 2014, I think? I have to admit, it really sucked during the session, but I felt sooo good afterwards. I used the treadmill for this session and pushed myself for .25 followed by a light jog for .25. Any type of speedwork is always a good reminder that our bodies are capable of so much more than we give it credit for.
- Distance: 3 mi
- Time: 32:31
- Pace: 10:50
Originally, I was planning on taking Friday off, which is why I only ran 3 miles on Wednesday and moved my 4 mile run to Friday. Unfortunately I ended up working Friday, so the switch became a moot point. Oh well, I still got all my miles in, which is really what matters.
The 3 miles felt great. I managed to keep my overall pace under 11:00 min/mi and had some nice negative splits. I’ve been stretching my intervals out a little more (2:30 run/ :30 walk), which is aiding in bringing my pace down. I know it’s not much to some people, but this is HUGE for me right now. I’m all about celebrating the little victories in this training cycle.
- Distance: 3.87 mi
- Time: 42:29
- Pace: 10:59
So close to fitting 4 miles in! Had to cut my run a tiny bit short since Annalynn was already awake by the time I was near the house.
- Distance: 6 mi
- Time: not sure (watch died at turnaround point)
It was pretty much balls-to-the-walls for Annalynn’s birthday on Saturday, so I moved my long run to Sunday. The switch also meant I could run with a friend on a nearby path. We met well before sunrise and I followed her lead on the pace. I can’t tell you what a difference having a running buddy makes. We talked the whole time and the miles truly flew by.
It was an empowering week of running. Can’t wait to see what this week brings!