Week 6 Review

Biggest week of 2018 so far! 24.5 miles. And it only goes up from here, with the exception of the much needed regeneration week coach has scheduled next week. I like the term “regeneration” instead of recovery. No long run this coming weekend, but I do need to adjust my schedule to 5 days of running instead of 4.

Monday, February 5 – Easy 4 – 38:14 (9:33)
The easier runs are getting faster.

Tuesday, February 6 – Rest

Wednesday, February 7 – 6×1000 – 59:28 (9:09)
Whew! It’s been a long time since I’ve done 1000s. Coach called for 10K pace, so I pushed 7.0 on the treadmill.

Thursday, February 8 – Rest

Friday, February 9 – Easy 5 – 48:03 (9:37)
It’s hard to wake up early enough to get 5 in before work. But I never regret it!

Saturday, February 10 – Long Run 9 – 1:22:54 (9:13)
The last mile needed to be under 9:00, but I’m an overachiever, so I managed to get the last 2 miles under 9:00 with an 8:44 and 8:38. WEE! This run felt fantastic…comfortably hard…my legs felt STRONG.

Sunday, February 11 – Rest
I should have done yoga, but I didn’t wake up sore or stiff.

I wrote out the next month of training into my journal. I’ve got some BIG HARD workouts ahead of me. Good thing I like to…

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My 10k pace is now 7.0mph on the treadmill. WHAT?!

Things I thought about on my run this morning.

6×1000 this morning. I kind of like 1000s. They are like a short, fast tempo run.

1. Math is hard. We cancelled our iFit membership on our Nordictrack, so I had to do manual intervals.

2. Ouch. My right hamstring is tight. Why don’t I stretch more? I have over $100 worth of foam rollers that collect dust. Sigh…

3. Thank heavens I remember body glide on my underarms. It’s my new chafing area. It makes showers very uncomfortable when I forget body glide.

4. I wore new Oiselle Roga shorts. I’m not sure if I like the new style. They made some changes. They crept up my butt a little bit. Also, I ordered my first Oiselle bra and it was too big. I know I’m tiny on top? But do I really need a size 2?

5. Late start is awesome! Because I can eat before I run. I have more time to run. And the doggies (and Tiny Boy) are extra cute.

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Week 5 Review

I really like that my running diary counts the weeks for me. I don’t have to keep track.

I’d like to say that last week was another week of smooth sailing, but it wasn’t. Runner Boy came down with a sinus/ear infection, and Tiny Boy got the flu. Friday was the only day last week that both boys were in school. Thankfully they are both on the mend again. Runner Boy is back to his work outs, although running isn’t super fun for him right now. Being a preteen is rough stuff. Was I this sullen and moody when I was 10 years old?! Mom…don’t answer that.

Despite all of that, I got my workouts in.

Monday, January 29: Rest. Shin exercises.

Tuesday, January 30: 4 mile Easy. 38:22/9:35 pace. Right shin and calf tight.

Wednesday, January 31: 5 mile Easy. 48:30/9:42 pace. Wore calf sleeves during run.

Thursday, February 1: Rest. How is it February already!?

Friday, Feburary 2: 3.5 Fartlek. 33:16/9:30

Saturday, February 3: Rest. Grad school. My brain is tired.

Sunday, February 4: 80 minute Long Run. 9 miles…oops. I like round numbers. 1:27:22/9:42 Downtown Y track. I miss spring/summer/fall.

My shin is definitely on the mend. It didn’t bother me at all Sunday or Monday, but today it’s a little off. I’m staying on top of the PT exercises, foam rolling, and stretching.

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I did a fartlek run today.

Fartlek. Fartlek. Fartlek.

That word will never not make me laugh. And workouts that involve fartleks are kind of fun and go by very quickly.

Coach gave me a fartlek run to do this morning. He told me it should be about 5 miles. I’m not sure if I didn’t read the instructions right or maybe I didn’t run quite as fast as he wanted me to. But…I only ran 3.5 miles. Oh well. It was a good workout and my shin hurt very little. I’ve been wearing calf sleeves during my runs this week. I think it’s more tight ankles and calves than a full on shin split. It’s just the right leg too. Probably some imbalance somewhere in my legs. Time to up the strength training game and add back in some PiYo and cycling. Wait…didn’t I say that in the last post? I’m a broken record. And a cliché.

Grad school class tonight and all day tomorrow. Easy long run on Sunday. No pace requirements, just 80 minutes on my feet. That sounds wonderful after all the harder workouts I’ve been doing.

And I’ll just leave this right here. Not a huge month, but considering I’ve only averaged 47.7 miles in the last four Januaries, I rocked it.

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I’m wearing calf sleeves under my jeggings.

My right shin is cranky. The irritation is on and off and very sporadic. Classic NRG shin splints. I have my list of exercises and stretches. I have to be careful not to foam roll / omni ball it too much because I have bruised myself before.

I should probably also add a bike into each week. But I love running so much. Even when it hurts, I love it. Ok…maybe not when it hurts bad. I didn’t love running when I had bursitis.

In the meantime, I’m rocking my CEP compression sleeves under my jeggings at work. And stretching my calves every chance I get.

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Every training cycle surprises me.

I’ve lost count of the number of training cycles I’ve done. At least two a year for the last 4 years. And every cycle surprises me. I get excited watching my Garmin data change as my fitness level increases. I can feel myself getting faster and stronger and building on the progress made in the previous training cycle.

My resting HR has suddenly plummeted into the low 40s. I did a tempo run this morning at a sub-9 pace, and it didn’t feel stupid. It felt awesome and powerful, and the prospect of running another 10 miles at that pace seems doable.

I finally did something this morning that I have been wanting to do for almost two years. I signed up for Oiselle Volee. I love everything Oiselle is about. Power. Strength. Incredibly comfortable running clothes that make you feel powerful and strong.

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I think I have emerged from the flu fog.

I think I have emerged from the flu fog. It has been really interesting to watch my resting heart rate fluctuate as I continue to recover. My resting heart rate during the height of my flu illness was around 90. Wow! My normal resting heart rate is mid to upper 40s. In the middle of a training plan when I’m hitting my peak workouts, it can trend down to the lower 40s. For the last two weeks, it’s ranged from low 60s to upper 50s. In the last two days, it’s back down into a normal range. I like seeing that!

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I did my first tempo run of this training plan. It was awesome! I’ve said it before, but I love tempo runs. They are comfortably hard and really show me any progress I’ve made.

This morning I did 2 miles @ 8:57 and 2 miles @ 8:49. Boom! Now to just do 13.1 miles of that in a row. Thank goodness I have 4 more months before I attempt that.

In other non-running related news, today is the first day of spring semester. I have my first face-to-face class weekend next weekend. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve just got to get my brain back into school mode. I am currently trying to remember how I made my to do list and assignment calendar.

And with that…back to productivity! Stay neon!