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…
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.