First, a reminder: don’t forget, you can save $10 off the Foster City 10-miler (and $5 off the 5K) with code JENLEE. Prices go up Tuesday, January 6th. And now, back to our regularly scheduled program…
This week only had one real workout, but I took advantage of the week off from work to accrue some decent mileage.
Tuesday: 6.9 miles at 9:47/mile, average HR 144
Planned: 5 mile progression starting at 9:30/mile, 10 seconds faster each mile. Warm-up and cool-down on either side.
Actual splits: 9:39, 9:19, 9:06, 8:58, 8:46
This is the 3rd morning workout in a row where the first mile was way off target — maybe I’m not warming up long enough. I’m pretty happy with this run, though I did stop twice for the bathroom, which feels a bit like cheating. Oh, and since I was running around the same loop multiple times, I kept seeing this one woman calling out for her cat/dog, Chloe. By the last time I saw her, she was crying. 😦
Wednesday: 2 miles hiking.
Short, solo hike at Lake Chabot.
Thursday: 6 miles at 11:25/mile, average HR 133.
It was pretty crowded due to the holiday and nice weather. Luckily, the crowds thinned out quickly and I had the trails mostly to myself for a good chunk of the run. I kept the effort relatively easy. When I got home, I checked my stats from this route in October, where I averaged ~12:00/mile for 5 miles versus today’s (Thursday’s) 11:25/mile for 6 miles. Progress! I also did a short core routine.
Saturday: 12 miles at 11:39/mile, average HR 136.
Longest non-race run in ages. I knew early on that this wasn’t going to be magical run, so I just put my head down and focused on getting the miles done. Super short core routine in the evening.
Sunday: 3 miles hiking with the Gypsy Runner, and a whole bunch of cows.
Total: 29.9 miles (24.9 running, 5 hiking)
How I feel about it: There was nothing terribly exciting about this week, but it was nice to focus on slower, aerobic miles to offset the speedier workouts from the week before. I have to say that returning to long runs was a bit of an adjustment. Even with an engaging audiobook, 12 miles felt like FOREVER.
You have such a huge variety of beautiful scenery in your area! Water, woods, and apparently cow fields…LOL! Love it!
Yes, I’m very lucky and grateful! (not about the cows though, haha)
Yeah, good trail photos. You had lots of trail fun this weekend!
Yes, definitely. I had to take advantage of all of time off from work and the nice weather too!