Sunday, March 22, 2020
Weekly Sweats: Baby's First Brooks
I'm linking up with the Weekly Run Down, please head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
I'm going to start off this week's adventures with some bragging on stepson #1. As part of his training plan for a two week Boy Scout hiking trip this summer, he started couch to 5k last month. This was the week that he did his first 20 minute run, and as a result, my husband took him to our [still open for business at the time] local running shoe store to get proper running shoes. "Baby" is now the owner of some nice shiny Brooks Adrenaline and my heart is overflowing.
In our world, hubs and the steps and I are home until further notice. We've voluntarily adopted "shelter in place" - it's not mandatory yet but frankly the writing is on the wall. And with due acknowledgement and sorrow for the many who are facing loss of income and isolation, I have to say that being at home with my family is a dream come true.
Monday: weights and then 5 miles easy outdoors.
Tuesday: first off treadmill speed workout in a long time. 6 miles total with 1.5 mile warm up/cool down and 4 x 800 with 400 recover. I wasn't sure how to pace the 800s, I've been doing them at 6.0 on the treadmill but I'm faster on the treadmill than off it so I took it a little more conservatively on land. 10:36, 10:27, 10:24 and then 10:13 pace just to show off for the final rep.
Wednesday: a rest day, but I decided to "commute" to work by adding a short walk outside to my trip from the couch to our office upstairs.
Thursday: more speed. 6 miles with 2 miles warm up/cool down and 10 x 0.1 mile fast/0.1 mile recover. I wasn't targeting a goal besides "fast" and ended up all over the map. Also worth noting was my wardrobe choice for this workout, I know you're not supposed to wear the shirt before the race of if you didn't run the race, but I think it's OK in this situation.
Friday: weights and hill day! 60 degrees and rainy, and you know I love a good (warm) rain run. I had been keeping my hill runs to 4 miles, which is 2.5 rounds of a nearby hill, but since I have a more flexible schedule now, I did a full 3 rounds of my hill for 4.5 miles total. And though my head likes even numbers, my body was not in the least bit interested in rounding up to 5 miles.
Saturday: long run day @ 8 miles and I let my ego get the better of me and took my first mile way too fast and paid for it dearly for the remaining 7 miles. Point taken.
Sunday: plan A was to be in Chicago this week for spring break and finally getting to run the Shamrock Shuffle...plan B is sitting on my couch taking a rest day and living vicariously through the WRD group. Next year my friends...
Race Cancellation Recap
Half marathon #4 is officially on hold, tentative plan to reschedule the race for August. To paraphrase the email "hey we're a charity and we'd appreciate it if you'd be cool with letting your fees benefit our cause whether the race goes on or not" and yes I am more than cool with that. I'm probably not cool with running a half in August, so race day temperature will dictate whether I run or DNS.
P.S. I think that every race that has to be cancelled should switch to virtual...on race day everyone picks their own socially distant course and sends in their time (100% on the honor system, let's not tie it to a tracking app, not everyone has those) plus a modest shipping/handling fee if you want the swag...I mean all of these races probably have their swag by this point so why not ship it out and get a few extra bucks for it?
Spring Racing Plans
Never did I ever have any interest in running a virtual race before, but times change and so do I. I'm upping my game from my tentative plan to just stay in half marathon shape until May by running along with The Rambling Runner Virtual Race Series. No shirts, no medals, but it's free and a chance to push myself and get the bragging rights. Pushing myself is really what this is about.
Next weekend: 5k, I've picked an optimal race course, but even so I don't believe that I will be able to beat my PR of 30:41 on my own. However, we're guaranteed to miss 100% of the shots that we don't take, so a PR is my A goal, my B goal is 10:30 pace, and my C goal is whatever happens.
April 3rd-5th: 10k, not sure if I will 2x my 5k race course or change up the scenery a bit. I do think I have a shot at beating my PR of 68:14, and I've come close in some of my long runs lately. I'm not saying that I can do it, I'm just saying that I have a shot.
April 17th to 19th: half marathon. I've had consistent Bad Luck with each of my three previous half marathons (weather, poor training, and illness) so assuming that none of those will be a factor this time, I think I have a real shot at beating my PR of 2:38:xx. I came up with what IMO is a pretty nice course that starts and ends at my front door and hits my favorite neighborhoods and the two mile trail in my favorite park on earth, though I reserve the right to change it up for an easier course if I feel like it.
The series concludes with a marathon in May, though that's a bit out of my wheelhouse so I won't be joining in for that😜
Anyone else doing The Rambling Runner Virtual Race Series? Other virtual races? How's life lately?