What I learned? Treadmill running is so much easier when your form is better. I’ve been working really hard over the last 5 weeks to change my form. And you know what, it’s actually working! It has become easier to run faster. Now, when I am on the treadmill I can really feel my foot striking midfoot with good hip extension. I’m even noticing on the road I can consciously activate different muscles when I think about it. I’m so excited that all of this hard work is paying off…now if I can just nail this race in a few weeks.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Rest
I wanted to run today so I could rest on Tuesday in preparation for me speed work day but I just wasn’t feeling it. Instead, I worked on stuff around the house.
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: 6 miles + 30 minutes strength training
I decided to run right after work because I love running around the city. I felt like I was moving in slow motion today but I had a negative split run. I tried to push is as hard as I could on the last mile and ended up with an 8:17 pace (Overall average pace was 9:30).
Then, I stopped at the gym on my way home. I had a great workout but, couldn’t get my car to start when I went to leave. Hubs came to try and jump my car but it still wouldn’t work. We had to get it towed to the shop for a new starter. I really can’t complain though! I haven’t had a car payment for years and have only had a few minor repairs. The unfortunate thing is that I will be without my car until next Tuesday.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Rest Day
I thought about going to do my track workout solo tonight. When I arrived at the local high school track, there was a soccer game going on. I didn’t feel like running with an audience so I just decided to take an extra rest day.
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: Track Work
Track workout take two. In my opinion, it was better to wait so that hubs could run with my. Tonight we were doing sets of 400, 200 meter repeats. Goal pace: 1:42, 50
Actual: 1:36, 50, 1:38, 47, 1:38, 48, 1:37, 49, 1:39, 43
The weather was great but this still felt a little challenging. It just didn’t feel like I was moving that fast. I’m getting better at running 400’s. I can keep my pace steady and on target for the first 200 and then push it on the second 200. When I first started, my first 100 would be the fastest split and my times would get slower with each 100 meters. Small wins!
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: 15 mile Bike Ride
After work today, I rented a bike to go out for a ride with Crystal (@runningawayfromadulting). We’ve been following each other on IG for a while and found out we have a lot in common. It’s been really fun building relationships with other runners in the local community. Phew, 15 miles on a bike! This is my longest road bike ride to date! It was a lot of fun but my legs were feeling it by the end of the ride. I love working in the city because it affords me the opportunity to also be active in the city. After my ride, I went to meet hubs. We grabbed dinner and drinks on the North Shore before heading home.
Tomorrow, I have 12 on tap which is the longest long run I’ve done since the spring. I signed up to pace my first half marathon so I will need to work on getting that long run comfortable! So far, the longest race distance I have paced is 10 miles.
Planned: Long Run » Actual: Long Run
I wanted to run with the 10 minute group but hubs wanted to run with the 9:30 group. I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel today after the bike ride. We started with the 9:30 group and I immediately thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I decided to stick with that group for a mile then re-evaluate. Once I warmed up the pace felt comfortable. The group was really fun today and it made the miles pass quickly. We got caught in the rain starting around mile 6 but decided to keep pushing on for a total of 10 miles. We were having so much fun chatting and running that we lost track of the pace a bit.
Average pace- 9:08. 10 half marathon goal pace miles! It felt much easier than I thought it would. With just under 50 days until the half, I am feeling more confident of my sub-2 attempt.
I did cut the run short by two miles because of the pace, the rain, and the bike ride yesterday.
Then, I went to meet up with a friend for lunch at Core Life Eatery. It was delicious! I got the ginger steak and rice noodle bone broth bowl. It had grass fed beef, fresh grated ginger, fresh veggies and a really tasty broth. If you are in the area, you should try it! My friend and I also had the chance to catch up and make some business plans together. More to come on that!
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Cross training
Today I was supposed to go to Oms in the Outfield at PNC park but I purchased the guest pass tickets by accident and couldn’t convince the ticketing group to switch the tickets for me. Even though it was the same price either way…go figure. Instead, I used the time to work on business plans and prepare for my upcoming launch. I’ll fit in yoga on my own today. After going 4 days straight with some hard workout days, I can use an easy recovery day today.
Since we had the pirates tickets, hubs and I are going to the game in the afternoon. Fingers crossed the rain moves out and we get nicer weather for the game today.
Meal Prep Inspirations
Breakfast: Vegan Breakfast Cookies. Breakfast on the go is life. As the week wears on, it gets harder and harder for me to get up without pushing the snooze button.
Snack: Cherry chia energy bites
Lunch: Pumped up PB&J. I’m swapping out the peanut butter for almond butter, using Ezekiel bread, and adding chia seeds/hemp seeds. The hemp seeds and Ezekiel bread bump up the protein (another small win). I’ll be eating this with an apple on the side.
Dinner: The cold weather hit and now I’m in the comfort food mode. We’re going to have meatloaf, potatoes, and roasted carrots for dinner.
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