Hi Friends! I hope everybody had a great weekend! This one is a 3 day-er and I love long weekends! And today is even better because my treadmill comes this morning! I can not even WAIT for it to arrive! So if you need me this week I think it’s safe to say that is where I will be!
Tuesday:8 easy miles-59:05 (7:23 avg pace)
Wednesday: 9 Miles 1:09:09. (7:41 avg pace) Failed track attempt!
Thursday: 7 easy hilly miles-1:02:55. I took it REALLY easy and slow for this run because it was snowing like crazy! I wore my YakTrax and a pair of shoes that were REALLY old. I could tell how old they were because my ankles always feel “achy” when I’m running in sneakers that are past their expiration dates!
Saturday: I really had psyched myself up for this run. I knew I had to start early because I had early afternoon plans, so there was no delaying: i had to get on the road early, or not at all. I laid ALL my clothes out-the 3 layers for top and bottom-BUT I woke up Saturday morning and could not get myself excited at running in the negative temps. UGH. I don’t like waiting until Sunday’s to do my long run (I hate taking more time away from a day with the family) and sometimes, if i procrastinate until Suday, I wind up NOT doing it at all. My husband (so nice!) told me it was okay to swap my long run day around because it would 35 and not -9 outside! So I hit the treadmill for my tempo run instead (I was originally going to do it on Sunday). I am SO proud of this run-even though the paces were hard, it gave me a lot of confidence to hit these fast paces. I felt really strong the whole time and I was able to continue to pick up the pace for the entire workout. Honestly, if I had been running outside i felt like i COULD have hit all of these paces. It felt really good.
2 mile w/u @ 8:00-7:54 pace
4 miles @ 6:48 pace
2 miles @ 6:44 pace
2 miles @ 6:36
1 mile @ 6:27
And then, after I had already logged the 13 miles in my app, I realized i should probably do a cooldown so I followed up the tempo with 2 more miles. 15 miles total-1:43:55, 6:55 avg pace.
I did my long run! I was a little sore from my tempo run but i was so happy that it was 35 outside! It felt like a freaking heat wave! After my hilly run on Thursday, I had made the decision to do a long chock full of hills. My next marathon is NOT hilly, but Boston is. Even if your race is totally flat, it is a great idea to still keep running hills-they only make you stronger and feel more bad ass when you have finally climbed to the top! I love the route I did. It’s one that my running partner and I had made once on the fly. We basically took all the hills we don’t like and smushed them together into one run. My average pace was 8:28 for the 18 miles. I was really happy with this! Even though I was slower than I was last week, honestly, with legs that had done a tempo run just the day before, and on a route full of hills…I’m glad this pace still felt easy and that my legs cooperated nicely. I also feel like I could go into full on beast-mode for this route when my legs are all rested! I also wore my new Ghost 7’s that I had saved specifically for motivation for this run. There’s nothing like a fresh pair of kicks, am I right??
57 miles for the week, 7:50 avg pace
Saturday was such a fun day! I got to hang out and celebrate a special bride to be with a whole bunch of my girlfriends! It was one of the most beautiful showers I’ve ever been to…and they had a dessert bar! I did not take any pictures, but take my word for it: it was amazing!! Any time mimosas, desserts, and bff’s are involved, it’s a good time!!
I hope your weekend was amazing! Tell me something fun that you did!