I missed my weekly recap last weekend. I guess that my training recap from 6 weeks until Indianapolis will forever remain a mystery!
I don’t think I’ve ever missed a recap before, but I figure it doesn’t make sense to squeeze it all into one long recap, so I’m just moving on to this week’s recap…
But before I dive into my recap, be sure to check out my friend Vicki’s guest post about running Grandma’s Marathon twenty years later and 52 minutes faster! It’s a fun one.
Here’s how training went this past week:
Monday: Complete rest.
Tuesday: 3 miles easy, 5x(1/2 mile at marathon pace, 1/2 mile at tempo pace), i.e. 5 miles of straight work, then 2 miles easy. 10 miles total. After a few days off of running, my legs actually felt a little clunky/clumsy, but it was great to give this workout another shot. I had the same one a few weeks ago and this time definitely went better. This was a run commute as well.
Wednesday: 10 miles easy before work, run commute.
Thursday: 5.3 miles easy run commute to work. Discover Strength after work. That pulled pec muscle is still not 100%; I can’t believe how long it’s taken to heal. I’ve been going a little easier during the Discover Strength sessions to ensure it’s not aggravated more.
Friday: I took half a day of vacation in the morning to get my long run done- 20 miles, all alone! 9;07 min/mile average.
I’ve been seeing these birds around the lakes, and I thought they were golden eagles, but apparently they are adolescent bald eagles. This one was hanging out around Lake Harriet on my 20 miler. Their feathers change color as they age.
After the run, I zipped to work in time for an 11 am meeting that I couldn’t miss. I was STARVING by the time that meeting was over!
Saturday: The reason I did my long un on Friday is because I was supposed to pace an athlete that I coach at the TC10k on Saturday. Unfortunately, I woke up to lightning and then a text from the athlete alerting me that the race was cancelled. What a bummer! I was really looking forward to running with her, and I have never taken part in the Saturday races that are part of the Twin Cities Marathon weekend.
With the race cancelled, I slept in and then eventually Dustin and I ran 7 miles together, 8:35 min/mile pace. It was misting, but not pouring on us.
The rest of the day did rain though, so it was a great day to switch out my closet, moving summer stuff to storage and bringing out my winter clothes. It was a little depressing, especially when it comes to running attire. I’m not looking forward to winter running at all!
Saturday evening, we had dinner at i.e. (Italian Eatery) for some carbs, as Dustin was racing the TC10 mile Sunday.
He did great, by the way! I’m excited to see what he can do at Indianapolis as his training has been pretty strong.
Sunday: The reason I didn’t just move my 20 miler to Sunday is because Sunday is my favorite day of the year- Twin Cities Marathon day!
I had two athletes racing the marathon. Since Dustin did the TC 10 mile (which starts at 7 am on Sunday, whereas the marathon starts at 8 am) I was alone at our regular cheering spot by our house at mile 5.
Well, I was alone except for little Ruth, who I brought with me to cheer. I couldn’t manage both dogs on our own (Tilda can get a little stressed out during races with all the noise), so I only walked Ruth there. I’m also sure Matilda appreciated a little quiet time. Hopefully Ruth will get used to the noises of a race so she doesn’t get stressed like Tilda!
After cheering, I ran 8 miles easy on my own. It was such a gorgeous fall day, I felt amazing. 8:40 min/mile average.
Summary: 60 miles of running, 1 strength session. Decent week overall.
And since I haven’t blogged in awhile, here’s a bunch of puppy pictures to make up for lost time!
Look how much Ruth has grown! The picture on the left is from August 1 and the picture on the right is from October 1.
I’m linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner as part of their Weekly Rundown. Check it out!
Wow, little Ruth is growing fast!! I’d heard about the Saturday races getting canceled…what a bummer for all the athletes who’d trained so hard for them. Looks like we were running in sync Friday morning (though you were running quite a bit faster LOL). Another solid week for you!
I understand why they had to cancel the races, but its still a bummer! The athlete I coach had trained really hard and was ready to go!
Nice work on that 20 miler! Too bad that race was canceled on Saturday. We were in Madison for my son’s rugby game and the weather was terrible! The field was pretty much a lake and they canceled the B game. You know it’s bad when they cancel a rugby game!
Congrats to Dustin on a very speedy 10 miler. You guys are killing it!
Thanks Wendy! Yes, Saturday was a mess round the Midwest!
Good job on your 20 miles! Good thing you got it done on Friday, right, with the weather on Saturday?
Ok, so will Ruth’s eyes be changing colors or will they stay light like that? How’d she do at the race? We have taken Lola & our previous dog to the finish line of our big local race once, a few years ago. They did ok.
Yep, Ruth’s eyes will turn dark like Matilda’s as she ages.
Ruth was a little overwhelmed by all the noises at the race but did pretty well 🙂
Heh heh it’s hard to believe but workouts that don’t get posted on the internet count the same as workouts that do;-) Congrats on a great week of training! I cannot imagine running 20 miles and the having to sit through a meeting, that just sounds tough.
Haha, so true. But it was weird for me to miss a recap 🙂
Ruth has grown so much in such a short period of time! I love all of your dog photos – Tilda and Ruth are always so photogenic!
You’re a rockstar for doing a 20 mile run during the week AND still going to work after. That’s amazing!
Yes, Ruth is growing like a weed! It’s amazing!
That is a long time to run all alone. Congrats on getting it done early. Another solid week for you! Those dogs are just too cute. Ruth is getting so big!
Haha, yes, it is a long time alone! I didn’t mind it though.
Baby Ruth is getting so big! Both girls are too cute. I love that they are sharing a bed. Lol! Congrats on a solid solo 20 miles. That’s gotta feel good!
Haha, they only shared the bed for a picture 🙂
It’s great to do a solo 20 miler since I’ll technically be “solo” for 26.2!
Aw Ruth is so cute and growing fast! A great week as usual for both of you – awesome runners. I love your 20 mile route round the lakes and your eagles – so cool! It’s herons and egrets for us here, not quite as exciting! I did see some swans in the sea in the week, though …
Thanks Liz! Yes, we have some nice wildlife/scenery in Minneapolis!
Thats too bad that the race was cancelled on Saturday! But it must have been nice to get your 20 miler done on Friday. I love doing that when the timing works out!
Yes, bummer the race was cancelled, but felt great to sleep in on Saturday!
Haha!! I love that you took a half day to get a 20 miler done!! And then still made it to an 11 am meeting! #fitnessgoals! Ruth has grown so fast! It’s amazing how fast they grow! We just added a kitten to our squad of 3 dogs. He was abandoned outside my husband’s work place at around a week old. 2 weeks later and the kids are so surprised at how much bigger he is! The dogs are NOT impressed but thankfully they seem more scared of kitten than he is of them!
How great of you to adopt the kitten! Sounds like you have a full house 🙂
Way to go on getting that 20 miler done, then going to work! When I do stuff like that I make sure I work it into most conversations for the day “sorry I wasn’t here earlier, I was running a gazillion miles…” haha!
Haha, great idea! I did mention the 20 miler a few times at the office 🙂
You had a fantastic week! Great job on your 20 miler – and then a work meeting after?! Wow!
Oh my gosh Ruth is getting big!
Thanks Michelle! It was great to get the 20 out of the way!
How did I miss you and Ruth at mile 5?! Shoot! I did see five other vizslas – including a tiny baby V who I almost stopped to pet! – along the course 🙂 Great week of running, lady!
I am so we missed you! It was actually pretty packed there at mile 5 and I missed a few other too 🙁 Congrats on your marathon PR!
ah look at your babies!! I can’t believe how much Ruth has grown!!
so you also did your long run on Friday. And alone! serious respect! Dustin did great at his race! Are you feeling good about your training as well?
I feel pretty good! I am optimistic about Indy!
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Aww Ruth has grown so much! ❤️