There are now TEN weeks until the Indianapolis Marathon, which will be my 33rd full marathon and 22nd state on my 50-state quest!
Here’s my recap of training (and life) this past week!
Monday: The week started out with an unplanned rest day. I had a bit of a cold (maybe just run down from 62 miles the week before and a few late nights due to the wedding festivities) so I slept in and took a complete rest day. I needed it.
Tuesday: 9 miles easy before work. When I headed out the door, I realized my Garmin was completely dead, so I quickly ran back inside and grabbed Dustin’s Garmin instead. I didn’t go through the hassle of syncing up his to my Strava and VDot02 (the site my coach uses) but rather added the run manually for the day. Discover Strength group class after work
Wednesday: Workout Wednesday! 3 mile warm-up, then 10×5 minutes at marathon pace with 1 minute recovery. Basically a 60 minute ‘fartlek.’ With 1 mile to cool-down, I ended up with 11 miles and then off to work!
Dustin and I took the afternoon off to go to the Minnesota State Fair; it was a perfect day for the fair; 70 and sunny and not crowded.
Unrelated to the fair, it was a tough day as I found out my mom was in the emergency room. It’s kind of a long story that I am not sure how much I should get into. But I’m glad she was here when this all occurred because both my sister Cresta and I are around to help (and my dad can stay with one of us). She is also getting really great care at the U hospital. She had 10 hour surgery at the University hospital yesterday (Saturday) and is now in recovery. Keep her in your thoughts.
Thursday: Another easy 9 miler before work. Visited my mom after work at the hospital.
Friday: I’m racing a Labor Day 10k, so my coach suggested that I join my friend Christie and do my long run before work on Friday. 15 miles before work was a lot, but we started very early. We had 2 hours 10 minutes total of running: 40 minutes easy, 30 minutes at 8:45, 5 minutes easy, 30 minutes at 8:30, 5 minutes easy, 20 minutes at 8:15, 5 minutes easy, 10 minutes at 8:00, 5 minutes easy, 5 minutes at 7:45, 10 minutes easy.
15 miles total. Christie had cold Gatorades for us; so delicious.
Another visit with my mom at the hospital. Full day of work.
Saturday: It was really nice to have done my long run on Friday! I slept in a bit before running 5.5 miles with Matilda (our older vizsla.) It was a nice cool morning, but Matilda was dragging a bit behind me. I’m worried that her running days might be numbered! She is 10.5 years old, so I know the time will come, but I’m hopeful she was just a little tired (probably from hanging out with Ruth!) and will be healthy enough to run with me for a few more years.
Sunday: 7.2 recovery miles with my friends Vicki and Tricia. We were done before the rain set in, which was lucky. After another visit to to the hospital, I took my niece Harriet out to lunch for her 8th birthday and then we built a fairy house at Heartfelt in Linden Hills (such a cute little place!)
Summary: 56 miles of running; less than the 62 last week (and a rest day!) Only one strength session at Discover Strength this week but better than none, right? Just doing my best to fit in what I can.
And a weekly fix of puppy cuteness.
Ruth is 3 months old!