Week 5 is in the books! I felt pretty good overall – getting in three 3-mile runs throughout the week, and finishing strong with a 7 mile long run yesterday.
Wednesday’s Strength & Abs workout looked like this (you can substitute for the weight that fits you!):
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Best part of my week – THIS happened!!! 8:38/mile training run!
Second best part of my week – THIS happened! Shorts during Sunday’s long run!
I completed a solo run outside on Tuesday because the hubby ended up working super late. To be honest, I also didn’t get out to run…but forced myself to go ahead and change into my running clothes and at least go for a mile or two. I chose an “out and back” along one side of the river. I started off strong (probably because all the people who were out and about!<–HUGE motivators!) and decided to make it to 1.5 miles before turning around. At the halfway point, I stopped to catch my breath, take a pic of the setting sun, pop in a cough drop (<– it’s really for when I start to get “over-heated”), and rock ‘n’ roll back to the finish. I have my RunKeeper settings set to tell me distance and pace every 5 minutes (instead of every 1/2 mile), and was shocked to hear that my return pace was just as strong as my start! So I kept it up and finished STRONG! 🙂
I wasn’t feeling that great Wednesday and Thursday (<– gotta love being a woman!), so I took it easy and backed out of the cardio workouts. I ran inside on the
dreadmill treadmill on Friday and Saturday to help accommodate the hubby’s erratic schedule this past week. By the time his super-late work evenings come to an end, it’s cold and dark outside – and with me finally getting over this cough – I chose to run indoors. Saturday’s run was NICE and EASY…a slow 10:00/mile pace…so that I would have “rested” legs for Sunday’s long run. As of Saturday evening, we still weren’t sure if we would enter the St. Patrick’s Day 10K on Sunday…so I wanted some energy on reserve, just in case. We ended up NOT running the race…but still had a GREAT long run together. As seen above – I got to run in SHORTS! The weather was perfect (~11*C or 52*F) and sunny. We chose to run a 3.5 mile loop twice, and the toughest part of the run was when we had to BATTLE the 10 mph winds for the first 1.5 miles (each loop!) There were times I seriously wanted to stop running just so that I could take a deep breath. The wind was so fierce at times that I literally had to turn my head to the side just to attempt to breathe!!! All in all…I felt that the tough part of the run made me stronger, as I pushed through it and didn’t give up, putting my BEST FOOT forward!
11 Weeks to Go!