One of the best training cycles I ever had happened to also be one in which I shared the most details. Maybe something about the transparency kept me working harder or maybe I just was a little more obsessed with the running side of life that cycle and that work shown through. Either way, I am making it a point to hop back on the weekly review posts.
Right now things are coming along very smoothly, better than they have my last comeback. I mentioned before that my speed is not there, that’s a part that does not come naturally to me, so it usually comes back last. I’ve been happy with my pace and endurance though. I’m not saying I don’t have huge leaps & bounds to make before Boston, I do, but I am pleased with the progression we are making. Right now my logs look BORING. No impressive splits or high mileage. I miss those things but I know we have a smart plan to get me back there and patience is part of that plan to peak on race day. Here’s how this past week went down-
Monday- 6 miles easy*
Tuesday- 9 miles with last two @ 6:30 min/mile pace
Wednesday- 6 easy*
Thursday- 6 easy*
Friday- 14 miles of trails.
Saturday- Girls on the Run 5K race
Sunday- 7 miles easy*
Total Miles- 51
(*easy pace is anywhere between 7:00-8:00 pace depending on day.I don’t always wear a watch.)
I’ve been very lucky that I live in such a great endurance community and lately I’ve been running with some old and new friends. We all have major goals for our Spring marathons and getting out the door to run on the cold windy trails is always easier when you’re held accountable by friends. Friday was my birthday and a friend was kind enough to run 14 miles with me. The first 10 was easy peasy and the last 4 my legs were DONE. The miles of the week had added up and after weeks of this abuse my legs were yelling “Oh we thought you were joking about this run thing!” No legs, we have tons more work to do. Get with it.
Luckily the following day was one of my favorite running days ever. I got to run a 5K with my nine year old daughter, Kelsea. Earlier in the year she joined her schools Girls on the Run program. If you have not heard of this, it’s an incredible program that teaches young girls proper self-esteem, confidence, kindness, & goal setting. I wish I had it when I was a kid! This program teaches girls these skills along with running, the end goal being the completion of a 5K race. Every girl needs a “Running Buddy” so I had the privilege of running with Kelsea. She, along with every other girl there, kicked tail. I was so proud. Here’s our pictures-
Kelsea finished in 32:13, two minutes ahead of her practice 5K time. I asked her if she was going to run Girls on the Run again and she said “Next year, not this Spring…I need a break!” Fair enough.
I will not be taking a break this Spring though (Boston is in 18 weeks), so the next day I was back on the roads again. We won’t bump the mileage up any this next week because I want to play it safe to get a good workout in at the Surf N Santa 5 miler. This is one of my favorite races in Virginia Beach. It used to be a 10 miler held in the morning but this year will be the first year its a 5 miler, held in the early evening so that we can run through the gorgeous, oceanfront boardwalk Christmas lights. I know I’m not in “fighting” shape for this race and that’s okay. The plan is to run it as a workout tempo run, to see where my fitness is at. Even still I’m very excited to really get back out there again!
One last thing, I wanted to share my new favorite kitchen gadget. I have zero affiliation with this company. I saw a blurb about it on twitter and made an impulse purchase on amazon.com. One of my best impulse purchases of the year. It’s called Yonanas. (I know, the website looks like an obnoxious infomercial) It’s this contraption that takes frozen fruit and makes an ice cream-like concoction. I’ve heard of people making this in their food processors and I promise you, this texture is way better. Every afternoon I’ve been eating “ice cream” that I make using only bananas, cocoa powder, and pumpkin seeds. Any frozen fruit works but the banana is my favorite. So if you are a kitchen gadget addict like me, I recommend this one. I paid $30 for it on amazon but I see the price fluctuates.
I hope to get a year end review post written before the New Year but just in case I do not, Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!! Happy training & racing!