Happy President’s Day weekend everyone! You know what’s better than a 3-day weekend? Not realizing it was a 3-day weekend until the Friday before. I’m excited to get an extra day to sleep in, relax, and take care of errands before the work week begins. How about y’all? Any big plans this weekend?
Tues: Tuesday was a hallmark day in 2 ways. First, it was the first time I’ve done 2 workouts in one day in a long time. Second, I did both of these activities with friends!
In the morning, I met up with Debbie, a Dailymile friend whom I’ve only met once in person previously. We both live near the Lake, and have been going on similar runs (in both length and pace) recently. Since we’d been talking about going for a run together for a really long time, we finally decided to make it happen. Despite it being only our 2nd meeting, we talked effortlessly as we ran together around the lake. In the last mile or so, we ran into my friend CR, who joined us for the remainder of our run. Then Debbie and CR ran another (much speedier) lap around the lake. It was a lot of fun and we both hope to make it a semi-regular thing.
At night, I met up with LF to go climbing again for the 2nd time in 3 days. It was more frustrating than the time before, but I was also trying more challenging routes. It was good though, because LF showed me some tricks of the trade. All I have to say is that I have a lot to learn, especially about how to position my body against the wall. Despite the learning curve, I want to stick with it because I think it will be great cross-training.
Stats: 5.2 miles @ 10:40/mile + rock climbing
Wed: 60 min PT exercises/rolling/stretching.
Thurs: Another Thursday, another speed workout. Being that the Gypsy Runner and I had plans for Valentine’s Day, I didn’t have time to go to the track after work. So, I ended up doing 800m intervals around the lake. And since I’m still
a wuss getting acclimated when it comes to speedwork, I thought I’d start with 4 intervals and see how I felt. My target time for 0.5 miles: 4:00-4:15. My workout:
1 mile warmup
4 x 0.5 mi repeats with 0.25 mi rest intervals. Half mile times: 4:16, 4:17, 4:25 (boo), 4:21.
0.6 mile cool-down
It felt hard, but I’m glad I did it, even if I didn’t hit my target pace. Gotta keep working at it and continue to challenge my body.
Stats: 4.6 miles @ 10:03/mile + 15 min stretching/rolling
Fri: 75 min Ab ripper/PT exercises/stretching/rolling
Sat: Run #3 with Running for a Better Oakland (RBO)! Our assignment: 5 miles with a “special surprise” of running up and down the Cleveland Cascade steps (about 3 flights of stairs) about a mile into the run. It reminded me that I need to run these steps more often! It’s a great workout. Alejandro did well and finished strong. I also did my best to prepare him mentally for the challenge of running 10 miles next week!
Stats: 6.6 miles @ 11:08/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling
Sun: Since the RBO run was only 5 miles (plus 1.6 to the meeting spot and back), the Gypsy Runner and I planned to run around Lake Chabot today. I was excited to try out my new Nathan Trek Waistpack — a Christmas gift from my sister JS. It took a little adjusting to, but I think it will be perfect for trail runs like today’s. I’m already a big fan of the way the water bottle works. A more in-depth review will appear after a few more uses!
I wasn’t sure how this run would go, since I’m not usually one for back-to-back running days. However, it seemed to work pretty well a couple of weeks ago and I’m eager to test to see if my body can start handling more mileage. The Gypsy Runner and I started off together, but we were soon passed by a local running celebrity. The Gypsy Runner left me to go catch him and they eventually ran together for about 3 miles. I believe it was the highlight of the Gypsy Runner’s running life. 🙂
My run was fairly uneventful. The hills seemed more challenging than usual, though when I compare my pace to the last time I ran at Lake Chabot (January 27th), they are quite similar. The weather was gorgeous and I had a decent audiobook to keep me company. Even though the hills killed me, I felt unusually strong at the end. Most importantly, I happily realized that no body parts were hurting or achy – not my ankle, not my hips, and not my lower back, even with the waist pack and all. It was a sweet feeling. To make it even sweeter, I inhaled half of a super burrito with grilled chicken at La Pinata.
After I uploaded my Garmin data, I found out that this was actually my fastest time around Lake Chabot (in non-race conditions). Only by 45 seconds, but still… not too shabby! And on the 2nd day of back-to-back running. Things are looking up.
Stats: 8.5 miles @ 11:38/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling (still to do)
WEEKLY TOTAL: 25 miles + 3.5+ hours cross training/stretching
How I felt about it: Great running week, but less than stellar cross training and stretching. B+