I have a new Friend to Friend post today. My friend Tammie shares her story of loss, grief and hope HERE. Please check it out and share your love with her:)
Another workout deposited into the bank!
It started nice and early with a few of the girls and I really did my best to not look at my watch at all during the workout. I officially have a head cold and I knew that when my 3 mile intervals were slower than my half-marathon pace I would feel defeated so I based the entire workout off of effort rather than speed.
How do I judge whether or not I should run if I am sick? I REALLY listen to my body. The week before my ultra I was so sick I couldn’t do anything besides sit on the couch = obviously, not going to run. With strep throat during last year’s marathon training cycle = I had ZERO desire to run so I didn’t and quit a run a few miles in before I knew I had strep throat. With whatever I have right now, I am still carrying on with normal every day tasks so while I know my cold is effecting my pace and fatigue, it’s not that bad. If I felt like running was going to take me down more with this cold then I wouldn’t run but as of right now, it’s more just about adjusting my expectations for paces.
Maddie was a great example of showing how we started off each three mile interval at the mile markers. Every trail needs to have mile markers like these.
We did about a 2.6 mile warm-up and then got started! The first 3 mile interval was uphill and I averaged 6:35 for that set. My breathing was heavy and I really haven’t done much uphill tempo work this training cycle so this was really good for me. It was pitch black so I had my headlamp and while it was warmer than normal I kept reminding myself how much better it felt outside vs running in Cayman’s humidity.
We stopped and used the restrooms, took a gu (turns out I do not like this flavor but I got some for free at a race ha) and grabbed some water and then started our next one.
6:08 average for the downhill 3 miles. We then jogged for about a mile and started our 3rd set. These were mostly flat (a little down in the very beginning and a little up in the last mile) and I averaged a 6:18 for that 3rd set (starting with a 6:03 and ending with a 6:30;). That last mile was really rough mentally and physically I just felt done.
Average of all 9 miles = 6:20
Last year I did a similar workout (all flat though) and averaged 6:38 without a cold so I’m calling this progress!
We cooled down for a total of 15.1 miles for the day @ 7:13 average.
These shorts that I talked about in this post are my official marathon shorts now. They maybe moved a total of a half an inch the entire workout and I stuffed so many things in those pockets without even noticing anything in them. I had my car key, two gels and my head lamp (after the first set) all in the two pockets and I definitely didn’t even notice anything.
I’m thankful for friends that will do workouts crazy early so I can get back in time for school. I did another mile with Brooke @ 9:40 (not counting the walking breaks) and I’m counting every single mile this week:)
I got home and then Andrew was ready to go out for his run. Skye thought that she was supposed to go too.
Steak, potatoes, peaches and carrots with dip for lunch. I needed a meal with a lot of goodness after that workout.
All of the soccer games/errands/homework/kids. Days like yesterday = I fall asleep the second I hit the pillow.
And I bet you can guess my excitement about my NIECE’S 1ST CROSS-COUNTRY MEET. I was on cloud 9.
Have a happy Wednesday. Off for a challenge run on the trails today.
Just another reminder about the new Friend to Friend post!
Andrew calls this an unpopular opinion… I think that all Captain Crunch cereal is terrible and they hurt the roof of my mouth. He loves it and says I’m the only person that feels this way;). Have any unpopular opinions you can share with me today?
How do you determine whether or not to run while sick?
Have any shorts that you love with a lot of pockets? Races = we carry all of the things!
Tell me about your run today!