If I could describe this week with one word: Meh.
I was incredibly whiny and cranky all week long, and it
was wasn’t because I was going back to work. No one wants to work, most of us have to. I’m lucky to have the summer off so I keep my work whining to a minimum. But I was super cranky about the inferno that awaited me each day after work. I was also crazy busy because this past Sunday, we had our annual Labor Day party. About 65 peeps were in attendance, and it takes some crazy prep work. My goals were not quite as specific this week as they have been in the previous weeks:
- Survive – √
- Run all of the scheduled miles – √
- Fill in with some cross training if possible – √
- Sleep a lot – √ √
Monday, 8/31 – 10 Mile General Aerobic Run + Pole Fit
First day back to work with the kids, and if I told you I was exhausted by 2:30, that would be an understatement. Left work for my run and the struggle was REAL. It was so hot, so I headed to a shaded trail to give it my best shot. I started out feeling okay, but by the end of the run I was struggling to finish. My legs felt pretty awful – partially because the day before, I thought it was a good idea to lift legs at the gym, partially because it was just so effing HOT. Overall pace, 8:13. I headed to pole class almost immediately after and took one look at my sister in law and told her I might have to actually leave. I stuck it out and actually ended up feeling really good once the horrible post torturous run feeling wore off. I took a pretty cool video but I can’t figure out how to get videos on here. You know…I’m only a computer teacher. LOL.
Tuesday, 9/1 – Track Workout: 4×1200 (Total Distance, 10 miles) + Core
I got up and did some core before work, which was good because all I could manage after work was to survive the track workout. I stepped outside after work and wanted to cry, but headed to the track anyway. I had a ROUGH time with the warm up, which scared me. But my intervals were okay. Not stellar – but not off pace, either. Definitely on the slower end of my McMillan prescribed range for 1200s (4:36-4:51), but in the zone. I felt like I could go faster – my legs and breathing felt decent at that pace for each one – but I held back because I was afraid I wouldn’t make the last one. I was struggling much more by the last one, and the cool down was a struggle so maybe I wasn’t really holding back. Either way, I did it, and I call that a success.
I walked a full 400 for each recovery, so my overall pace was a 9:09. My 1200s were 4:50, 4:45, 4:47, 4:47, which converts to about a 6:21-6:28. For how hot it was, I’ll take it! I did some drills and MYRTLs at the track to finish it up.
Wednesday, 9/2 – Double Recovery Run: 5 miles AM, 5 Miles PM + Pole Fitness
I wanted to run a total of 10 miles and do it as a double – 5-6 in the morning, 4-5 in the afternoon. I really wanted to get 6 miles in before work, but it wasn’t in the cards time-wise. I was so excited to get to do a morning run but OHMIGOSH. The humidity. I felt like no matter what I did, I just couldn’t win! The afternoon was less humid, but I felt like someone stuck me underneath a broiler for the whole run. The September heat wave really needs to knock it off. I wanted to keep these runs super easy since I had the track workout the day before and a tempo run on the agenda for Thursday. My pace for the morning 5 miles was 8:58, and the afternoon 5 miler was 8:43.
The running didn’t feel terrible even though I was a bit fatigued, but pole class was awesome:
On the left is the Ayesha, which I had a much easier time with again this week. On the right is something called a Brass Bridge. I also got this cool spin called an Eclipse, but I only have a video of it. At least in the awful heat and humidity, I have pole classes to look forward to!
Thursday, 9/3 – 12 Mile Tempo Long Run w/6 miles at Half Marathon Pace
I woke up with guns blazing knowing I had this workout after school. As the day went on, I could see the sun was also out with guns blazing and it drove me to write all about how cranky the heat made me. Then I walked to my car after work, got in and after I started driving, the temperature registered this:
So I did. I broke down and for the first time since our crazy icy winter, I used the treadmill. I just couldn’t. The good thing is I had a great run, but the bad news is that my stomach was pretty jacked up and I didn’t run all 6 miles straight. I tried, I really did – but I was on the treadmill and not outside so if I did shit in my pants, the person next to me would have to smell it for the rest of the run. So what ended up happening was I warmed up for three miles, did three at tempo, sprinted to the bathroom, came back and warmed up for a mile, did three more tempo miles, and then cooled down for two miles. My overall pace for the run was 7:35, and my tempo miles were: 6:49, 6:44, 6:39 (poop break/warm up mile), 6:44, 6:31, 6:22. It actually felt decent, so that was a win. Almost made it okay that I ran 12 miles on a treadmill. Almost.
Friday, 8/28– REST
YUP! You read that right. I did. And not just rest like go home and do a million things – I went home, curled up on my couch next to my husband who had that same idea, and slept for three hours. Then, we proceeded to order a pizza and eat the whole thing. No shame here. Best day ever. Best decision ever.
Saturday, 9/5 – 21 Mile Long Run
I knew going into this run that it was unreasonable to run to expect to run as fast as last week (7:22, whattt?) and I SHOULDN’T run that fast even if I could – last week, I was in a cut back week and only ran for four days. Reduced overall mileage to 50. So my legs were fresh. This week, I was getting closer to that 70 mile mark and had two speed workouts. I didn’t feel great when I met Kathy at 6:30 at Sand Island, but we began anyway. She stuck with me for 14 miles before calling it a day because it was her recovery week, and her marathon isn’t until November (and she already has two 20s under her belt). We averaged 7:38 until that point and honestly, I felt awesome. It took awhile for me to warm up but once I did, I was good to go.
When I left her, I ran hilly loop that brought me to 18.5 and was still averaging 7:40 at this point and feeling good. Mark, our other usual long run buddy was heading up the group run at our local running store (why he wasn’t running with us in the first place) and was finishing the run as I was passing the store. They did 12 miles. I know many of the runners, so as I approached I said, “Anyone have another 2.5 in them and want to join me?” to my surprise, some random guy named Rob jumped in. I didn’t care what pace we ran at this point since I had such a fantastic run. He was hurting at this point but wanted the miles because he’s training for a 1:45 at the Runner’s World Half (8 minute pace) so we ran, but we slowed down a lot. Overall pace for the run was 7:50 – I think if I would have run sans my new friend I might have ended up around 7:40. At the end of the run, I honestly felt like I could run another 10 miles if I had to – I was ready to be done running but I wasn’t hurting. When we returned to the running store, I knew running with Rob was way better than any solo miles I would have done. As I caught up with some friends, I overheard him telling his buddies, “Yeah, it was awesome – she even made me run up the Webster Street hill on Lehigh’s campus!” It was really cute!
At this point, it hit me that it was 10:30am and I had about 65 people coming over my house tomorrow so I went into panic mode and hit the grocery store:
Sunday, 9/6 – 7 Mile Recovery Run
Even though our party wasn’t until the afternoon, I had lots of last minute things to do and my husband and I wanted to go to 7:15am mass at church. I was up and running before 6am to get my 7 miles in. I kept the pace very easy – this was the end of my first 70 mile week in two years! Overall pace, 8:55 and happy as can be to finally crest that 70 mile mark again.
I came home after church and began grilling before 9am to make sure my pulled pork was ready to go for the party:
I make a dry rub for my pork and “marinate” it the day before I plan to make it. To cook it, I start my pulled pork it on the grill (it cooks on a low temp for about 3 hours) and finish it on the oven. It was a huge success. We set the food up in our “new” kitchen which is completely gutted and under construction, which made clean up really easy:
It was such a great day. I passed out HARD that night! As for the whole week, I wasn’t as on top of my core work and didn’t get in a formal strength training session other than pole. I also slacked on my yoga practice. But for the first full week of school with the kiddos and planning a big bash, I was pretty stoked to get all of my miles in! I know what areas I need to be more consistent with, but I only have two more weeks of high miles before I begin to TAPER! WHAT?!?!?!
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 70 miles
How was your week? Ever throw a huge party? Do you use the treadmill in the extreme summer weather?