On to the recap….
Monday: 7 miles, 9:10 min/mile average. Lovely morning.
Barre class at The Bar Method after work
Tuesday: Ladder workout! 20 minutes easy, then 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 progressively faster with 2 min recovery jogs in between, 10 min cool-down for 9 miles total, 8:50 min/mile average
That evening, our block participated in National Night Out, with a fun little block party. They even organized an Olympics for the kids.
Wednesday: Mid-week longish easy run, 9.2 miles, 9:05 min/mile average
Bocce ball in the evening. Our team is still undefeated (3 games in) this season!
Thursday: After an exciting night at bocce (and a few beers), I slept in and had planned to take a total rest day. However, Ruth was all kind of bonkers while I was trying to work, so eventually I took her for a short 3 mile jog at lunch, 8:40 min/mile average.
After work, the talented Ami Kochendorfer took some family pics for us (mostly of Matilda- I want to make sure I have lots of great photos of her in her senior years!)
Here’s a sneak peek!
Friday: 7 miles with my friend Vicki before work, nice and easy 9:35 min/mile average
Saturday: The 20 miler that wasn’t.
Now, I’ve run many a 20-miler over my 35 marathon training life. There were times that I would have a 20 miler and it wouldn’t even affect me the rest of the day!
This was not one of those days.
It started off on a bad note, as I woke up to serious thunderstorms. I was supposed to meet 3 friends at 6:30 am, but we all decided it was too dangerous. By 8:15, it was only raining, so I decided to go for it and Christie was still up for meeting. I ran to meet her and did 10.5 miles together. Pretty early on, I felt like I was working way too hard for a 9 min/mile average. I couldn’t regulate my breathing. By our final 3 miles, I knew I couldn’t do 20. I was starting to get light headed and see spots. I don’t get it, as I was well-rested, fueled, hydrated…I guess it must have been the humidity. I just couldn’t push through. I was so glad to have Christie with me to give me a ride home.
I thought about finishing up on the treadmill, but texted my coach and she suggested just doing a second 12 miler Sunday, so cumulative miles over the weekend vs. just one day. That idea sounded a lot more appealing, so I showered and took a lovely nap and prepped myself for yet another long run the next day. That’s how you train for an ultra, right? Yet I’m only training for 26.2!
Sunday: Another stormy morning; I had planned to meet Isabelle and Julie at 7 am, but we pushed it to 7:30 with hopes that it wouldn’t be storming anymore. It did stop, and I was able to complete a second 12 miler, for 24 miles over the weekend. It felt like it! It was still very humid out there…
It was just as tough out there today as it was yesterday- that humidity- whew! It makes Molly Seidel’s performance in Tokyo even more impressive, as it was even more humid and hotter there on Friday during the Olympic marathon.
Isn’t she just so likable? And she’s from Wisconsin! So excited for her. What an amazing performance, and only her third marathon. Go USA!
Summary: 59.5 miles of running, 1 barre class
And that’s a wrap! Not my best week of training, not my worst.