The temperatures were perfect (40 degrees is just heaven for me… gloves + shorts + tank), the people were the best and the views were gorgeous.
I sort of had a mini taper leading into this workout so I was very excited to get MOVING again after dropping down my mileage. I woke up at 5:45 and ate my UCAN and a banana and then I got ready and met the team at 6:30. We did a 2.25 mile warm-up nice and easy and then started our 6.2 mile workout. I was really hoping that my calf would stay happy during that first mile and I’m so happy to say that I didn’t feel a thing the entire run.
I felt in control of the pace and Emilee and I ran right next to each other pretty much the entire time. We averaged a 6:01 pace for the 6.2 mile workout and with the amount of hills, turns and jumping on and off sidewalks, I am very happy about that. It was quite a confidence builder. We were very lucky with the stoplights etc because we never had to stop once.
And then we did a cool-down all together for a few miles. The rest of our day was spent celebrating Knox’s bday (we don’t have him this year on his bday) and I’ll share that all on Monday. I hope your weekend has been great so far.
PS I have been off caffeine for a while now and I took some yesterday before my run and BOOM… I felt it. Caffeine helps me out so much more during a run if I don’t have it for a while!
Well, I really went crazy with the tapering this week but rest is what my body needed and some extra rest is what I gave it!
Monday: 8 miles @ 8:17 average with Emilee.
Tuesday: Decided to take a few days off from running because of how my calf felt Monday after my run but I did some strength training at the gym instead.
Wednesday: I jumped in the pool for 30 minutes to pool run. I’m telling ya, pool running is a workout! I was breathing heavy and definitely tired (physically and mentally;) after 30 minutes. PS I just used my AirPods while I was pool running and that was really nice to be able to listen to a podcast while I was in the pool.
This video is the best way to show how to pool run (it’s kind of old but it’s so important to do this right).
Thursday: 7 miles @ 7:57 average with a big smile because my body felt good again.
Friday: 8 miles @ 8:22 average in the rain
Saturday: 15.58 miles total @ 7:11 average with 6.2 miles fast @ 6:01 average.
38.58 miles for the week! One more BIG workout and two smaller sharpening workouts and then the race will be here. I’m going to be sad to see this training cycle end because it has by far been the most fun I’ve ever had training for a race.
What was your best run last week? Worst run?
What do you have going on today?
Ever tried out pool running? What are your thoughts on it?