This past week was full of lots of excitement and activity. My dad spent last weekend with us, and then was back Tuesday afternoon and evening before he flew back to Illinois mid day on Wednesday. Not only was it great to have him here for a couple of days, but his being with us allowed for Preston and I to do something that we haven’t done since sometime back in the fall – to go for a run together. Right now, Preston and I have to take turns working out since little man is still far too small to sit in the BOB stroller. However, my dad offered to watch little man so that Preston and I could go for a run together. It felt incredible to discuss our day together while out for a run, something we took for granted prior to little man’s arrival.
Then on Thursday I hit huge milestones during my run. Not only did I run negative splits, but I also ran my first two sub-10 minute miles since before I gave birth. Even though I already met one of my March goals earlier this month – to run a sub-33 minute 5k – I far surpassed that goal on Thursday and ran a sub-32 minute 5k. There was definitely a lot to celebrate.
After Thursday evening’s run I did a quick but intense strength training workout, which left my legs feeling like jello on Friday. They were still sore on Saturday when I headed to the gym for my four mile run. (It was pouring rain and I’ll fully admit that I’m a wimp when it comes to doing my training runs in the rain.) Although my pace was much slower on Saturday than it had been during Thursday evening’s run, I’m not at all disappointed in myself. Some days I’ll be able to run faster than other days, and the most important thing is that I got all three of my planned runs in this past week.
Mon 3/14 – 3.25 mile walk
Tues 3/15 – 3.15 mile run, 0.35 mile cool down walk
Wed 3/16 – 3.26 mile walk
Thurs 3/17 – 3.15 mile run, 0.44 mile cool down walk, 15 minutes of strength training (lower body and abs)
Fri 3/18 – Rest day
Sat 3/19 – 4.00 mile run on the treadmill, 0.44 mile cool down walk, 35 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Sun 3/20 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 18.04 miles (11.09 miles less than week 6)
Total ZOOMA Mileage – 112.81 miles
QOTD: What recent running milestone(s) have you reached?