Back on track, literally. That's what went down this past week.
As I gradually increase my mileage (you know, for that little marathon happening in June), it was time to better utilize my training days. I do most of my long runs on Saturdays, with a short shakeout run (usually only 1-2 miles) on Sundays. I always do a #nevermissaMonday run, so I decided to up the distance on those (which, consequently, are also short runs, 1-3 miles, at an easy pace). My Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been pretty mild (other than a miscellaneous stair workout and/or some strength-training). It didn't make sense to essentially have 3-4 "mild" days all in a row with the impending mileage increase....so I decided to enhance the #nevermissaMonday with a #5at5 nuance. These runs are also at an easy pace, and coming off of the weekend, are a great segway to the new week. Stay tuned...this is still a work in progress.
Monday. Ironically, the weather was a bit wacko. It had been warm all day, and when I headed out to start my five miles, there was ample sunshine and temps in the mid-60's. Shortly after the first mile, though, the sun disappeared and the wind picked up. By the time I made it back home, the temps felt like they had plummeted 20-degrees and I was shivering....it was weird returning from a 5-mile run actually colder than when I left the house. #brrrr
|I swear there was sunshine when I left the house....|
Tuesday. No running, but there was some strength work and the daily April challenge exercises. Oh, and it was National Pet Day.
|Celebrating national Pet Day with Max|
|Back at the track....|
Thursday. Another #5at5 with Barb (my main running partner-in-crime). My body was feeling pretty tired from the previous day's speed work, but we still managed a pretty solid 9:30 pace.
|Ahhhhh, back in shorts!|
I thought it was Barb clipping along fast, but she denied blame (LOL) and said she was trying to keep up with me....whatever the case, we ran three miles faster than either of us had anticipated. I tried to "resume" the run stats on my watch, but accidentally saved it instead. Oops. And, any predictions of possible rain were incorrect; instead the sun emerged and we had a beautiful morning, albeit crazy windy.
|Dang! Those 12 miles were "mental-strength-building" training at its best|
|If I can't be an Easter egg, at least I can dress like one (or draw a pic of one in my driveway)|
In other news:
In case you missed them, here's the blog posts from last week:
Grey skies, Blue skies, and Lots of Bling
Fight for Air Climb 2017
Am I blue?
How was your week? Any big races you're training for? Has spring officially set up residence in your town?