I'm linking up with the Weekly Run Down, please head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out. Happy Easter my Friends!
Monday: weights and 4.25 miles easy. I've started adding an extra quarter or half mile on the end of my workouts, it's just a sneaky way to get my mileage up.
Tuesday: speed day! 6.25 miles with 1 mile warm up, 4 x 1200 fast/400 recover, 1.25 miles cool down. I wasn't as fast as the previous week, eh it could have been from last Saturday's 10k, it could have just been a slower day, not a big deal either way.
Wednesday: off, with a "commute" of a short walk outside before I started work.
Thursday: oh boy. There's a fine line between writing a running blog and a weather blog. I try to minimize the weather stuff because where I live the weather is absolutely perfect for an average of two days each year and also because I've made the choice to not cuss on the blog. We'd had a big thunderstorm the night before. The internet told me that low 40s with rain would be rising to mid 40s with no rain over the course of the run. The internet was lying in its teeth. The rain wasn't that bad but the temperature kept dropping and the wind was unreal. I kept seeing "white" raindrops, surely I was imaging things? Nope, once I got home a full on snowstorm broke out.
So anyway, what was the workout? 6.5 miles total made up of 1.5 mile warmup, 4 x 400 fast/400 slow, not targeting any particular intensity besides "spicy", 3 miles cool down.
Friday: dear weather, you were uncalled for. Snow and All The Wind. I did weights and then set out for a hill run, but my hill is a bridge and that just did not work with the wind. I cut the hill efforts short and settled for 4.25 miles total with a headwind pulling me back every step of the way. Just a little bit frustrating.
Saturday: long run day with 10 miles! The only downside of doing virtual races for the past two weekends is that I haven't been getting a true long run in. After much time procrastinating I set off at an easy effort and didn't look at my Garmin. My head was telling me that 10 miles was a long distance and then my head decided that I was running 4 miles and then 3 miles and then another 3 miles (yes 10 miles on a continuous route without stopping, but the mental division helps.)
Wind was still an issue, although it was much less than the past two days. I got pretty tired toward the end but my legs still felt strong so I'm happy. And my 11:51 pace is still faster than any of my previous half marathons.
Sunday: Rest day, more wind in the forecast for tonight and Monday. Because if you're going to have wind might as well have a full 5 days of it.
Race Cancellation/Rescheduling Recaps
- My favorite 5k on earth that was supposed to be in May was rescheduled for early September.
- A 5k that was on the calendar for mid July has been rescheduled for October. "With an abundance of caution blah blah our team feels that medical and food distribution services will be better positioned for the race in the Fall."
I think all systems are a go for next Saturday. I realized that I will need to modify my route to pass by my house because my running water bottle is 16oz and I will most likely want a bit more than that. And also it's probably not the smartest to run the trail in my favorite park right now due to social distancing concerns. So I think I'm going to run an 8 mile route that I like, loop past my house for a water stop, and then finish it out with 5.1 miles around my hood. I'll be running at an easy effort which is all that I need to do to beat my PR. Part of me thinks it's going to be hard and of course the crazy runner part of me is looking forward to it;-)