The first and most important order of business, let’s wish the woman, the myth, the legend – Lynn Kyle, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I can’t wait to see you this weekend, mom!
This was a really big week for me – not my highest ever mileage-wise, but pretty high for early in the training cycle, and 2 doubles, a mile time trial, a speed workout and a long run!
7.15 miles easy AM at 9:16. I was way too zapped to do strength training in the morning. I opted for tacking it on in the evening, even though I knew it would suck.
3 miles easy PM at 8:40
- 21-15-9: plyo jumping lunges & tricep kickbacks with weight
- 21-15-9: dead bugs & push ups
- 21-15-9: jumping squats & bicep curls with barbell
I was right, it did suck.
6/26 Tuesday: 2 miles up, 8 x 800 hard (3:20/3:19/3:20/3:20/3:26/3:20/3:23/3:32) with 90 seconds standing in between, 2 mile cool. Total of 8.02 miles at 8:11 average. I was QUITE disappointed with those paces. But the effort was there and that’s all you can do! I can’t wait to see some progress in 8-10 weeks.
6/27 Wednesday: 7 recovery miles at 9:41. I did strength after, but I didn’t write it down as I have been feeling uninspired and uninterested in strength training. Did core, physical therapy exercises, and lots of band stuff. When I don’t want to do strength, I go back to the bare bones of what’s going to keep me healthy for running.
4 miles AM at 9:12 average & 3000 yards swimming in the evening.
I would have preferred to swim in the morning and run in the evening, but that’s how it worked best for my schedule on this day. I was REALLY hungry from swimming and running & fell asleep promptly at 7:45pm on the couch. I’m a party animal that way.
6/29 Friday: 7 miles easy at 9:14 average. I went into the gym after and did 1 round of 15 reps for as many exercises and I could think of (until 30 mins was up). No rhyme or reason, just lifting and plyo.
6/30 Saturday: 2.75 mile warm up, 1 mile time trial, 1.1 mile cool.
The mile time trial is 4 laps around the track. Garmin is usually a bit off on the track and made it look like I ran 1.08 miles. I wish that was true! As you can see, overall time was 5:54. I went out WAY too hot with a 77 second first lap. Then I died a little. It’s the first time I’ve done a mile time trial in 4 years, so that’s ok! A big nap was required later in the afternoon.
7/1 Sunday: 14 mile long run, first 9 easy, final 5 steady (8:20-8:30). Overall 14.2 miles at 8:53 average
I woke up feeling MEH and UGH. Sunday is normally my rest day, so I think it was hard to get my mind wrapped around that. I did a mental checklist:
- Does anything physically hurt? No
- You can call your coach and skip. Do you want to skip? No
After that, I decided to give it 20 minutes. If I felt better in 20 minutes, I’d do another 20. If I felt worse, I could quit. Of course, I felt better. The workout was 9 miles easy, and the final 5 at a steady pace of 8:20-8:30. I took the first 9 VERY easy. My heart rate felt a bit high, so I held back quite a bit. I was surprised to find out easy the final 5 at 8:20-8:30 felt. As you can see, all were under 8:30.
As soon as I came home from my long run, I showered, ate, iced my lower legs, then put on the compression boots.
55.5 miles for the week!