Running went well this week.
I actually completed a 6-miler on Sunday. I had originally intended to make Sundays my 6-miler days during the off time I have from training. It’s my “long” run for the week. I hadn’t been doing them in the last few weeks because I just felt so beat after speed work. I didn’t do any the week before so when Sunday rolled around, I was feeling up to running 6 miles. The run itself went well. I did a loop on our main road that I hadn’t done since marathon training. It felt good to run that route again. I was trying to maintain an 8:30 pace and was pleased with how close I came. It’s a lot harder to run “slower” than I thought. I found myself pushing towards 8:15 a lot and having to back off. It did feel great to pace slower, though, because it made the run pretty relaxing.
Monday was an easier run in the sense that I ran short so I could focus on weight training. Tuesday I went outdoors to run and did a new loop to get 4 miles in. Thursday was back in the gym for a short run and more weights. Friday was a crap shoot. An emergency came up in my husband’s factory so the 5K I was planning to do was scrapped. He didn’t get home just after 10:30 PM and it was sleeting pretty heavily. Our gym closes at 11 so I knew I was cutting it close when he got home. Instead of doing the gym I decided braved the elements at did the laps around our neighborhood. I kept it short since it was dark. It wasn’t terrible running in the sleet but I didn’t really enjoy the pinpricks of ice hitting my face. On the bright side, an Athleta jacket I dropped some serious cash on worked wonderfully in the weather! I love it because it has this material inside that’s similar to that of race heat blankets. I’d go on about it but that’s probably best saved for another post =).
Saturday I closed off the week with some speed work on the treadmill. I wasn’t feeling too well so I kept this one short. I ended up doing 5 minutes of warm up, 10 minutes at 7.5 speed, 10 minutes at 8.0 speed, and 5 minutes of cool down. It wasn’t nearly as fast as my other ones but I feel like it was a good effort given how crappy I felt.
In all, running and maintaining the streak is going quite well. 24 days strong now!