Another week has passed. It’s time for my weekly recap!
This week was actually pretty light on running. My coach had me “taper” a bit for the 10k I raced on Saturday. He cut back on my mileage and my workouts (only one this week) to prepare.
Here’s how it worked out:
Monday: 8 easy miles with my run club
Tuesday: My only workout of the week- 2 mile warmup, 1 mile at 10k goal pace (7:20), 3 minute recovery, another mile on, and then 1 mile cool-down. 5.5 miles total. After work, I decided to fit in a class at [solidcore]. I LOVE this class! If you decide to go there, tell them I referred you. They have an awesome ambassador program where you refer 10 people and get 10 free classes. I’m so close!
Wednesday: Complete rest
Thursday: Easy 4 miles with Matilda. Beautiful morning! The picture from the header photo is from that morning.
Friday: Easy 4 miles with Matilda. Friday was Finisher Shirt Friday for the state of Minnesota! Governor Dayton issued an “official” proclamation stating that Minnesota runners should proudly wear their race shirts for the day. Of course, I wore my Tokyo Marathon shirt- so predictable! It’s a bright one too.
Saturday: Get in Gear 10k race. 2 mile warmup plus 6.2 mile race plus 1.5 mile cool-down for 9.7 miles total for the day. I will have a full recap of the race up later this week, but the “taper” worked- I set a 2 minute PR! My official time was 46:13 or a 7:25 min/mile pace. I was excited to update my PR tab on the blog!
Sunday: Due to Saturday’s race, I moved my long run to Sunday. Fortunately there were two other girls from my run club who also had to move their long runs to Sunday, so I had some great company. We met at the run club and ran to the Nokomis community center and back for about 15.5 miles. Such a great morning for a run, thanks ladies!
Total: About 46 miles, 1 strength day (at solidcore), no yoga
This upcoming week will be a big one for training, with higher mileage and some tough workouts. Then next weekend we are heading to Colorado for Dustin’s 50k race (about 31 miles). I’ll be doing the “shortcut” 25k run, but I’m definitely not racing it. I am not a strong trail runner nor do I think I’ll do very well at an altitude of 7500 feet when I only train in flat Minnesota! I’m going to do the 25k for fun and for the long run. I’d have to run anyways, but I hope to be done and able to cheer for Dustin as he does his first “ultra.”
Let me know if you have any suggestions for visiting Boulder and Denver in Colorado! The race is actually in Larkspur, but we’ll be staying in Boulder. I have heard that we should check out Estes Park for some hiking. Any other ideas? Thank you!
(Here’s a picture from the finish line of the 10k with three awesome ladies that I used to work with. So great to reconnect with them at the race and brunch afterwards at Cafe Maude!)
Congrats again on your big 10K PR! That is so exciting. Ah, the fun of running – seeing hard work pay off 🙂
I’ve never been to Colorado, but I hear it’s just absolutely gorgeous. I’m still trying to acclimate to what “beginner level trails” are like in CA — feels kind of like hiking a mountain in the Midwest! It sounds like it’ll be a really fun experience and a nice way to take it all in though.
Thanks Jess! It is fun to finally see some of my hard work pay off 🙂
Good luck adjusting to the CA trails! I bet they are beautiful as well…definitely seems that way from your blog!
Congratulations on the 10K PR! You have definitely earned this one!
I’ve been to Colorado a number of times and Estes Park is a favorite. Hiking on the trail to Longs Peak trail is beautiful – consider the route to Chasm Lake for something that is not as intense and summiting Longs.
Thank you so much Eric! 🙂
And thanks for the recommendations about CO- I will definitely check out the route to Chasm Lake! Dustin might be sore from running 31 miles so we probably don’t want anything too intense!
Congrats on the PR! Isn’t it fun to update that blog tab?! 🙂
I’m so bummed to not participate in finishers shirt Friday 🙁 My new work doesn’t allow that casual… boo.
Hi Erin- my work doesn’t normally allow it either, but I convinced the head of our office to allow it for one day…it did feel a little strange to wear a bright neon technical shirt to work 🙂
If you’re up for a post-race beer or two, the Avery Brewing taproom in Boulder has some really delicious beers!
Great suggestion, thank you Rita! We will definitely be up for a beer or two 🙂
Colorado Springs has some great sight seeing!! It’s little bit of a drive from Boulder but lots of fun stuff to do if you have the time to make the drive. I’d definitely recommend Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls (at night is the best because they light up each of the seven waterfalls with different colors) and the US Olympic Training Center! All great places if you have the time 🙂
Seven Falls looks really pretty- I hope we have time to check it out! thanks for all the great suggestions Amanda 🙂
I hope you feel refreshed after a cut-back week! I always find them to be such a treat (and my training schedule is really not intense). Also, congrats on the PR! That’s awesome!!
I went out to Denver/Boulder last October and wrote a blog post about it (if you want to check it out –> http://www.justjfaye.com/2014/10/19/exploring-denver-colorado/). There’s so much to do and see that you guys could just aimlessly wander around Boulder and have a fantastic time!
Jenna, this is very helpful, thank you! That’s one of the things I LOVE about having a blog, is that you have all your travels documented….then its so easy to share advice and tips when other people are going to the same place! You just let me know if you’re heading to Singapore and The Right Fits has got you covered 🙂 haha!
Thanks again for the link, I will check it out and share your ideas with Dustin!