After a couple of difficult weeks filled with illness and difficulty with keeping up with my training, this past week was so much more positive. Not only did I fit in my three planned runs, but I also got to the gym twice for cross and weight training. Yay!
Monday, February 27th
I ended a stressful day at work by heading out the door for my first run of the week. Apparently running for stress relief was just what I needed, as my average pace was 9:15! My splits were just as incredible: 9:43, 9:03, 9:07, 2:12 (last 0.25 miles).
Tuesday, February 28th
I had to stay at school late and when I got home I decided to play with my little man instead of doing strength training. The smile on his face as we played with his toys together was well worth the unplanned rest day.
Wednesday, March 1st
I kicked off the first day of the new month with a visit to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing a total body weight training session.
Thursday, March 2nd
My first run of March was a strong run. Since I headed out for my run just before sunset, I felt the pressure to run as fast as I could in order to get back home before it got too dark outside. And that motivation worked, as my average pace was 9:33 and my splits were 9:49, 9:17, 9:39, and 9:28.
Friday, March 3rd
Friday was a planned rest day. I’m usually pretty good about following that part of my training plan 100%. 🙂
Saturday, March 4th
Unlike last Saturday when I wore shorts and a tank top for my long run, this week I had to bundle up and face below freezing temperatures for my last long run of RnRDC training. Between it being taper time, and the cold air, I completed my run much faster than I initially anticipated that I would. I felt great during the entire run, and maintained 4:15/0:45 run-walk intervals for the entire run. My splits during my 6 mile run were: 9:55, 10:07, 10:01, 10:10, 9:56, 9:39.
Sunday, March 5th
I headed back to the gym to close out the week with another 30 minutes on the elliptical and a 30 minute total body weight training session. I left the gym sore, excited to be feeling the immediate effects of my workout.
Total Weekly Mileage – 19.12 miles (3.09 miles less than week 8)
Total RnRDC Mileage – 165.77 miles
QOTD: Do you try to run fast while tapering, or do you take things super easy during taper time?
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.