Welcome to CIM Week 9! Before I get to the training recap, I’ve got a couple of Chicago Marathon shout-outs:
1. To Mike, who bested his previous marathon PR by over 9 minutes! Go Mike!
2. To Amy, who embraced the “Go big or go home” philosophy by declaring that she would attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon on her very first try. And guess what? She did it! Congrats Amy!!
Now, on to the training recap…
Tues: Working my way up to the full set of 10 Yasso 800’s. My goal was between 4:20-4:30 per 800 m. I ended up averaging 4:29 (splits: 4:28, 4:28, 4:28, 4:32, 4:28, 4:33, 4:31, 4:25). It was a tough workout… I felt done after 6 sets, but I was glad that I pushed myself to keep going. I was also pleased to see that my average time dropped by 6 seconds from a few weeks ago, even as I increased the number of sets from 6 to 8. I think that means I’m getting faster!
Stats: 6.52 miles @ 9:42/mile
Wed: Upper body weights, followed by my first Zumba class. It was a lot of fun, while also getting my heart rate up and working up a sweat. I’ll definitely be adding this to my rotation.
Stats: 70 min cross-training
Thurs: Had 6 on the calendar, but REALLY did not feel like running at all. I bargained with myself to run one easy lap around the lake. I’m glad I did it, even if my run was slower and shorter than the original plan.
Stats: 3.7 miles @ 10:45/mile
Fri: Another weekend full of social plans = rearranging my long run to Friday morning. Unlike last week’s 16, when I felt fresh and excited, this week’s 10 miles was the complete opposite. I had dead legs from the start and my route did not help me mentally — I ran halfway around the lake, out and back 3+ miles on Trestle Glen, then another 1.5 loops around the lake. The reason this was mentally taxing was because when I run up Trestle Glen, I’m usually done after one full lap around the lake. So, having to add another lap kinda messes with my head. Anyway! Despite my bad attitude and dead legs, I did manage to finish the 10 miles in not horrible time.
Fuel/misc. notes: no time for breakfast, so I had a banana and Gatorade Prime pre-run. During the run, I had a handheld bottle of Cytomax and ate one Clif Blok every 3 miles.
Stats: 10 miles @ 10:50/mile
So, one of the reasons I wanted to rearrange my run was because it was AEW‘s birthday and we had a girls’ night out to celebrate! Her husband and parents generously paid the tab for us to drink great wine and eat delicious foods for one evening. It was so fun, and I haven’t been out that late in so long. Happy birthday AEW!
Sat: The other reason for rearranging my long run was that the Gypsy Runner’s friend D rented a house for the weekend in Sea Ranch, CA to celebrate his 30th birthday. So, we drove up on Saturday morning and met up with the group who had gotten there the night before. It was a beautiful area and we had a nice time hanging out and playing games with everyone. I ate too much junk, as I’m apt to do on “vacation.” After Friday and Saturday’s festivities, I will definitely need a good detox this week.
Sun: Having slept on an air mattress for less than 6 hours, then driving 3 hours back from Sea Ranch, the last thing I wanted to do was cross train. So, the Gypsy Runner and I did the only sensible thing: eat giant burritos and take naps. I’m postponing my swim to tomorrow morning and taking today as a rest day.
WEEKLY TOTAL: Target 22-25 miles/ Actual 20.2 miles + 70 min cross training
How I feel about it: Not a good week for me. The one highlight was the Yasso workout on Tuesday. Zumba was good too, but everything else fell short. C