Training went well this week.
Sunday I completed my long run on the treadmill. It was extremely icy outside and there was no way I would be able to run on the sidewalks. Saturday had been a warm day so a lot of our snow melted. However, that night the temperature dropped below freezing and all the water froze. I actually took a spill on the ice on my way to the gym. It wasn’t anything bad but I was a bit embarrassed to eat it like that. Luckily it was so early that no one was around. I was feeling pretty good so my pace was a bit faster. The extra distance over the 10K mark was due to me wanting to to finish on a nice round number. Treadmills make me OCD like that.
Monday called for a rest day on the training plan. I was feeling pretty good so I went for 2 miles instead of 1. I took it a lot slower than I normally do because it was supposed to be a rest day. I also was a bit sore that day from the fall I took. Turns out a tweaked out my back and neck when I tried to catch myself. Thankfully it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t run. Tuesday called for a 3 mier at a comfortable pace. Lately that pace has been about an 8 minute mile so I stuck to that for this run. From the times you can tell it was on the treadmill. Roads still weren’t that great.
Wednesday called for 5 x 400 meter speed intervals. Due to time constraints I did only a half mile warm up before the speed work. Paces were at 7.8, 8.0, 8.2, 8.4, and 8.6 with 400 meter recoveries in between each set. My average pace was a bit slower due to the shorter speed intervals. However with shorter recovery periods I definitely felt challenged by the work out. I finished with a short 5 minute cool down and called it a day.
Thursday I actually took my run outdoors! It was a gorgeous day so I headed out with my daughter in the jogger. The plan was for 3 miles at comfort pace so I just went out and ran by feel. I was finally able to get down below 9 minutes per mile with the jogger! I was ecstatic since I’ve never run that quickly with it before. I was even able to hit an 8:30 pace for about half a mile during the run. I did a short cool down afterwards with my daughter because she wanted to “run like mommy” too. I was a great run =).
Friday was another rest day so I did an easy 1 mile since I hadn’t taken that break yet. On Saturday I closed out the week with another 3-miler at a comfortable pace. I kicked it up a notch on the last mile because I was feeling good.
All in all it was a good week. I felt a bit held back since it was the first week of the training plan. However, it was nice to take it easy for a bit. I’m feeling a bit skeptical about this plan since it requires a shorter speed interval time than I was doing but I’m going to trust it since this was only the first week. The tempo for this week should be interesting considering I tend to negative split during training runs rather than maintain a pace. I might need to take that run on the treadmill this time around to “learn” how to tempo.