Skye’s morning/all day hair always makes me pretty happy.
I set out for my run once the sun came up and once I talked myself into going out in the wind. At least it was warm out compared to the last few weeks… I wore shorts and took my gloves off!
During my intervals yesterday I kept thinking about how HARD GETTING into running shape feels during my speed workouts. But really, running/speed work is just hard anytime you are trying to get better no matter how fit you are. You are just doing faster paces and running for longer but it is still really hard. So yes, it’s hard getting back into running/racing shape again but I just need to get comfortable with the feeling of wondering if my legs are going to fall off because that is what it takes to hit the goals I want (plus those hard feeling runs are where the endorphins really kick in). My definition of hard is just going to = faster paces with the more and more work I put in.
This is what my run looked like. 3 mile w/u (and then I pushed the lap button on accident twice) and then did 7 x 90 seconds HARD effort (8-9 out of 10) w/ .25 miles of recovery. The tricky part about this workout was doing a faster pace than I normally do for my recovery portions of workouts. I was still able to recover after each interval but not as easily as normal. I finished up with a 2 mile c/d and ended with 8.45 miles. The 90 second intervals averaged out to about a 6:22 pace and I stuck to pretty flat course for the run. It hurt but felt good to push myself again.
During the cool-down I ran into one of my really good friends while she was out on her run. My Brooks could eat her Brooks;) I’m seeing how my feet do in the PureFlows for speed and so far so good.
I got home and Brooke was putting on the finishing touches for her present for Knox that she made. Lately she has been making him something each time he leaves for him to come home to.
I got out my mat and then Brooke brought out her mat. She is about 58 times more flexible than I am… someday I’ll touch those toes of mine. I’m working on it. I also did 3 sets of 15 squats (w/ my bands), 15 lunges (per leg), 15 single leg deadlifts (per leg w/5 lb weights) & 15 push-ups (on my knees)!
It was then time to get ready for the day, do chores and get this baby fed before we left!
We went to my new current favorite restaurant in my city. It has been years since I last went to Joe’s Cafe and I don’t know why I am not there more, it is amazing!
I had the western omelette, Brooke had the french toast and Andrew had the biscuits and gravy with eggs on top. Everything was perfect and we all shared with each other so we could try it all. I promise this is not an exaggeration, it was the best omelette I have ever had in my 32 years of life.
Came home and did the kid thing.
They told a few secrets to each other.
And then I got some work done before Andrew left for the rest of the day. His mom invited us to go snowshoeing with her and I was planning on going too but Skye is not taking the bottle very well anymore and I would be gone for 7 hours if I went. I decided to stay home with the girls. He had an amazing time with his mom and nephews so it worked out really well.
While Andrew was gone we hit up the park for a bit and Skye watched jealous of all of the kids running around from the bench.
The girls both had bath time and I even blow dried Brooke’s hair!
And then we had dinner. Sometimes I add spinach to my spaghetti to get some more greens in.
Finished off with watching Leap for the #434 time with Brooke.
Here’s what the last week of training looked like for me!
Monday: 7 miles @ 8:12 average pace.
Tuesday: 1 mile w/up, 4.29 miles @ 7:00 average pace, 1 mile c/d. 6.29 miles!
Wednesday: 7 miles @ 8:40 average pace.
Thursday: 6 miles @ 8:34 average pace near my parents’ house.
Friday: 4 miles @ 8:35 average pace on the treadmill.
Saturday: 8.45 miles. 3 mile w/u, 7 x 90 seconds fast (6:22 average for those) w/ .25 mile recovery runs after each one and 2 mile c/d. This was HARD for me, I’m telling ya… those long intervals feel much better for me vs short quick stuff. It’s weird.
Sunday: OFF! Rest day.
38.74 miles for the week and about 8 weeks until race day!
What’s the best thing you have eaten this weekend so far?
Have a favorite breakfast/brunch spot in your area? Do tell so we can all try it if we are ever in your area.
Ever been snowshoeing? Any love to ski or snowboard?
When’s your next rest day?