This past week was an incredible week of training for so many reasons. Not only did I work out five out the past seven days, but I also reached my first mileage milestone of the year. In the middle of Saturday’s long run I surpassed the 100 mile mark! (My current 2017 mileage is actually 110.6 miles!)
Monday, February 6th
Since Monday was a teacher workday, I spent the morning grading at home, and took a mid-morning break to complete my run. I’m not used to running in the mornings during the week, and Monday morning’s run was a struggle. My body was also sore from my weight training session the day before, and the run was a difficult one. My splits were very inconsistent (9:58/9:46/10:17/9:59), and it was one of my slowest paced weekday runs in awhile. I was so glad when I was done with the run.
Tuesday, February 7th
The weather last week was quite the roller coaster, including several 60 and 70 degree afternoons. On Tuesday the temperature reached 73 degrees, so I opted to do a walking commute to daycare to pick little man up. It was so nice to be able to enjoy a sunset walk home from daycare with him, and the round trip wound up being just over two and a half miles.
Wednesday, February 8th
Another warm afternoon called for getting outside for another warmer run. The big problem that I faced during this run was the wind, which I ran into for the first half of my run. My splits were much more consistent than they had been during Monday’s run (10:05/9:49/9:51/9:52/5:31), though my run was still at a slower than recently usual pace. I have been focusing a lot on strength training lately, and am guessing that my sore body is a big contributor to the slower pace. After my run I did 15 minutes of strength training.
Thursday, February 9th
After a couple of days in a row of warm afternoons, Thursday was the complete opposite, and it was snowing as I drove from work to the gym. At the gym I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 30 minute full body weight training session.
Friday, February 10th
Having had an intense weight training session on Thursday, and knowing that I had a planned long run for the next day, I took a complete rest day. Boy did my body need it!
Saturday, February 11th
I headed out the door shortly before 10:00 a.m. for my 12 miler. Since Rock ‘n’ Roll DC is a hilly course, I’ve been trying to utilize hilly routes near my house for many of my long training runs, and Saturday’s run was no exception. I felt great during the first half of my run, taking a Gu gel around mile 3 and two Clif Shot bloks around mile 6. I was quite pleased with my negative splits during the first half of my run: 10:38/10:28/10:22/10:23/10:19/10:14.
The second half of my run was more of a struggle than the first half had been. The hills really started to take their toll on me, which made it difficult for me to maintain a consistent pace. I took another Gu around mile 8 and two more Clif Shot bloks around mile 9.5, but regardless of my consistent fueling it was difficult for me to maintain a consistent pace: 10:37/10:35/10:28/10:49/10:42/10:18. My final pace for the 12 miler was 10:29. Overall, I felt good at the end of the run, which is making me think that RnRDC will be a great race next month.
Sunday, February 12th
I didn’t sleep well Saturday night, and wound up only getting about four hours of sleep. That, in addition to needing to rest after Saturday’s 12 miler, and needing to take care of chores and errands, meant that I took my second rest day of the week.
Total Weekly Mileage – 26.90 miles (10.39 miles more than week 5)
Total RnRDC Mileage – 105.30 miles
QOTD: How do you handle running slower paces than you would like.
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.