A pretty solid week. Just enjoying my runs again and loving this cooler fall weather!
Nov 2 – 8 2015
Tue: 10.7km / 6.6mi (easy run, HR: 178bpm)
Wed: 11.5km / 7.1mi (easy run, HR: 171bpm)
Fri: 10.9km / 6.8mi (easy run, HR: 163bpm)
Sat: 11.1km / 6.9mi (easy run, HR: 169bpm)
Sun: 20.9km / 13.0mi (easy run, HR: 168bpm)
TOTAL: 65.1km / 40.5mi
I’m getting into a nice routine of doing two focused gym sessions a week. Of course, I’d rather be doing 3 sessions at a minimum, but twice per week is a good start. When I first started doing these, there was a heavier focus on leg stuff (lunges, squats, and more squats). I found this would affect my running too much as I think my legs just weren’t ready to handle all of that. Now, the focus i more on upper body and core, with a little lower body stuff. I like that – means I can still run without being in pain, but I’ve noticed the tightness in my upper hamstring/lower glute is finally dissipating which gives me hope that the strengthening (and lower mileage) is helping.
On Wednesday, I was supposed to do a tempo session. But when I met with my friends, we decided collectively to just run easy instead. It had been a stressful week for all of us and I honestly didn’t have the energy (mentally and physically) for it. If I were training for a goal race, I would have just made myself do it anyway (or at least given it an honest shot before pulling the plug on the workout). Instead, we just ran and chatted and before we knew it, the run was done.
Probably not surprising, but I’m not really in the mood to do too much speed these days. I am toying with the idea of running a 5k this coming weekend as my introduction back into it. Mike and my coach both say that I won’t be feeling very speedy so this won’t be a PR kind of race. It will just be an opportunity to run hard, without breaks, for 5k. Do I want to do it? I don’t know. I really dislike 5ks, but I think that’s why I should be making more of an effort to run them more often. I definitely don’t like the last 5k of a marathon, but I am even more unhappy if/when I cross the finish line knowing that I gave into not wanting to feel uncomfortable and missing my goal. Embrace the discomfort, right?
Saturday, Mike and I had our run-date and we also checked out the National High School XC Champs. Those teenagers are FAST! It was a really rainy day which mean they were running in puddles and mud. I was horrified at how dirty they were and I think Mike was wishing he could have joined the field.
On Sunday, I met up with a group of my run buddies for a 1h45m trail run.
Only, it ended up extending to closer to 2h05m. It was worth it. We made a pit stop in the middle to meet my friend’s horse again who is the sweetest (although she’s much more interested in food than anything else… hehe!).
Mike and I aren’t vegetarian – I’ve tried to be in the past and despite all the research I did to “do it right”, I still messed it up somehow and ended up with a lot of deficiencies. Mike and I already have cut our meat consumption down pretty dramatically and often we talk about transitioning to vegetarianism full time. Neither of us are a fan of labels, but when I spend time with animals, I feel seriously sick at the thought of eating them. More thoughts for a rainy day (which we’ve been having a lot of lately!).