I am linking up with my awesome running gal pals for the Weekly Wrap!
Join in with Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin
Trying to weigh in on this past week is hard because I am in a bit of a confidence crisis for sure, but I am trying not be 😄 Where is denial when you need it??
One thing I will never understand is how long it takes me make any kind of pace gains after summer running. It is still pretty warm here but last year at this time I was flying around the neighborhood quite a bit quicker. Looking back, I was easily hitting the paces I am working so hard for now and missing. The temps were about the same last September, very warm and the humidity rocked on, so all I can do is hope something clicks in the next few weeks.
I still have hopes of running this next half marathon (October 21st) closer to 2:15.
Last October I ran a half with 3 x 40 second intervals and ran a 2:13 and had plenty in the tank when I was done.
I do feel like I could have been a bit faster at my last race with intervals, but I really wanted to run one steady since it had been sooooo long! I am undecided which strategy I will use in a few weeks, temperature will play a huge factor in that decision.
Monday - I took the day off because I was a #holottastiff from sitting in the car Sunday for almost 7 hours, but it was worth it to celebrate Kenny's Dads birthday.
|95 was like a parking lot|
Tuesday - Fumbled Easy 3
10:35, 10:40, 10:25
1 mile walk
I was in a very low place emotionally, I couldn't even post a pic of myself smiling on Instagram because it seemed too contradictory to how I felt. This run was a little harder than my typical easy paced run but it was so short, I was no worse for the wear. I walked a mile just to get some more activity in.
I took my time warming up and got my speed work in.
2:09*3:14*3:09*3:24*2:05 - pretty close to my prescribed paces!
I also needed to get my virtual 10K run done, so I ran a few miles when I was done. My legs felt pretty used up those few miles lol It was 65 degrees and I was drenched but it was such a good mood booster. I used some comp time so I was able to run in the morning light, but wow, I always forgot how much busier it is an hour later than my usual time...school buses, cars, people, dogs...all the activity. I found that activity mentally exhausting.
Thursday - I headed to the gym after work and did the arc machine for 30 minutes.
I spent 45 minutes doing core and stretching. I was too tired so late in the evening to do any heavy lifting so I planned to do it another day...but I ran out of days last week and never got a good session done.
Friday - Breathe Easy 3
I did better at my easy run
11:06, 11:09, 10:46 33:04
This run felt so good I wanted to keep going.
It is so dark if I get done my work out on time.
Friday towards the end of the day I started to feel sick. It was another 88 degree day when I came to of out of work and I had chills. Not good. I was in bed by 7:30 p.m. and spent Saturday pretty miserable. My head, ears, and throat ached. I took medicine and napped on and off all day.
Sunday - I woke up and took more medicine and headed out for my long run. 66 degrees. It is almost always 100% humid here in the mornings but the dew point is down to 63, so I thought I would feel pretty good. Not so much...I felt overheated a few times in the early miles. Is that the sickness?? or my menopausal self?? IDK...I am over being hot though. I need Fall!!
9 @ 10:40 - 10:50 was the target
I was feeling optimistic when I started, which quickly went south.
10:39, 11:07, 11:35, 11:24, 11:13 5 miles 56:01
By mile three I could barely get my legs to go. It felt defeating to be so far off my desired pace range. I wondered if I should push on or switch to intervals and see if I could get a little faster running in. I tried to hang in there and see if I could flip things. I was feeling so yucky, not sick wise...my head felt better, just a serious lack of energy. I paused and reset my watch for intervals.
I switched my watch to my 4 x 1 setting and sadly it has a mile warm up programmed in LOL I ran another mile @ 11:32 then started the intervals.
The first few intervals were rough, but after a few walk breaks I started to feel much better and got a pretty good rhythm going. I didn't look at my watch till I thought I was close to my distance...I was actually over. I was at 4.5 miles so I just ran it out to mile 5. 5 miles 56:20
Although just a tick slower, I felt a whole lot better for the second half of this run. The beginning miles were scrape me off the pavement rough and pretty confidence shattering...I was thankful the second half went much smoother as far as how I felt. I am hoping it was just the sickness getting the best of me, but it is hard to tell!
All I can do is look forward.
I am hoping the next few weeks are really strong ones! I have about two more weeks to really make a difference in what I can accomplish race day.
Thanks for stopping by and if you made through my ramblings, thank you!
Do you ever get the gym and just change your whole plan?? or should I say bail on the plan LOL
What do you do when your confidence is wavering!?
How many of you have experienced DC- northern VA traffic on 95? Argh...LOL