It’s officially RACE WEEK! Training hasn’t been the best this time around – juggling 2 kids, breastfeeding, summer heat, vacations, summer classes, and injuries has definitely impacted my training. I didn’t do nearly the amount of speed work I planned for and weight training has pretty much been non-existant. But, I consistently ran 5 days each week and got in all but 1 of my long runs.
This past week was by far my best week of training so far. Maybe it was the lower mileage or the fact that I didn’t feel as much pressure to actually be training since I already had my longest run it and I knew my training wasn’t great so far. But, I ended up getting in every single run as planned AND 4 days of strength training! Was every run great? Good Lord, no. I wish. But, I got it in, picked myself back up after those bad runs, and hoped for a better run every day. I ended the week with 2 awesome runs (some cruise intervals and a long run) that really boosted my confidence and got me excited for both races this weekend (regardless of my lack of PRs that will be happening).
Monday: A really horrible 4.82 mile easy run. I got a terrible side stitch about halfway through my run and ended up having to walk a few times (about 2 minutes total). I was really defeated after that run, but determined that my nutrition and hydration had been terrible over the weekend. Average pace = 8:18/mile. Completed Day 2 of #FromFlattoAllThat.
Tuesday: 4.9 miles easy in the rain – same route as Monday but felt slightly better. Average pace = 8:10/mile. Completed Day 1 of #FromFlattoAllThat.
Wednesday: 3 mile easy run in the rain. And thankfully it felt easy – not side stitches, no pain. Average pace = 7:58/mile.
Thursday: Completed Day 3 of #FromFlattoAllThat and then went on a quick 1 mile time trial, just to get an idea of my progress. Ran it in 6:57, which was 40 seconds faster than I ran it a month ago. Progress!
Friday: 5 minute warmup, then 6 x 1000m w/ 200m recoveries for a total of 5.25 miles. Average pace = 7:51/mile. Completed Day 4 of #FromFlattoAllThat.
Saturday: 7.9 mile easy run with the last 2 miles at my current 10K pace (7:45/mile) – this run felt awesome and was exactly how I needed to finish the week! Average pace = 8:05/mile.
Total: 26.9 miles
Race goals coming at you later this week! Anyone else racing Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago this weekend?! Have a great start to your week!