This week was good for me, but it sure wasn’t easy. To start off I was tired. I notice this usually happens a lot when I take a slower week and then work back in all the workouts. But you’ve already heard about that, so I’ll just keep moving on.
Here’s a quick run down of my runs this week:
I started the week off with 6 easy miles.
I averaged an 8:48. It was a struggle to get out of bed, per usual on Monday, but overall a decent run. I’m loving that the sun is coming up earlier and on my way back to our house in the morning the sun is rising. It’s really peaceful and beautiful.
This was the workout I was most nervous about this week. This is also probably my most difficult in terms of effort.
The workout called for:
5 x 1000 meters (goal 4:00 min) with 400 meter recovery
I ended up doing my 1000 meters in 4:05, 4:01, 4:04, 4:02 and 4:05. It’s not quite there, but I think it is a pretty great start. In total I did about 8.5 miles with the warm up and cool down.
This was a pretty grueling run to be honest. I went out for 7 easy miles and it felt like a struggle pretty much from start to finish.
I was thankful when it was over, but figured it was from my Tuesday workout.
I was worried my legs would still be pretty exhausted when Thursday morning came. My husband surprised me and got out of bed with me when my alarm went off. This always makes me happy to have a running partner so early in the morning!
The workout called for 40 minutes steady. Last week the 40 minutes turned more into a tempo run, so this week I decided I want to make sure to really keep a steady pace.
I wanted the pace to be difficult, but comfortable enough to where I wasn’t dead at the end.
I ended up averaging a 7:42 pace for the 40 minutes. I was actually really pleased at how this felt. It wasn’t awful and for the most part I remained calm and felt good the entire run.
Per usual, Friday I took off and boy did my body need it this week!
I was excited when Saturday rolled around not only because it was my long run day, but because I got to try out some new shoes!
My husband surprised me with the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost earlier in this week, and I had been saving them for Saturday’s run. I laced up and loved immediately how they felt.
This run couldn’t have gone better. It was a beautiful day and the first day I’ve officially been able to put on shorts and a tank top and go out for a run. There seriously is nothing better!
I focused on staying relaxed and comfortable. My splits were: 8:28 (warm up), 8:14, 7:50, 7:54, 7:44, 8:03, 7:58, 8:01, 8:12 and 7:43. I was actually pretty surprised at how quick it ended up being.
I average an 8:01. It’s hard to believe when training for my last marathon that was my tempo pace! This speed work must be starting to pay off slowly.
A great run, beautiful weather – there is really is no better way to start a Saturday!
The goal is to repeat the same workout I did last week.
I am hoping it goes a little better and that I will go into it with a much better attitude!
There you have it. Week 3 repeated to get the whole thing in. I average right around 47 miles I believe for the week which is right about where I want to be.
Now that everything is official for running Chicago in June, I am so excited to get into marathon training. Slow and steady wins the race, so I am really focusing on getting the most out of this training until this begins in June.
Oh, and big congrats to my mother-in-law for completing her first half marathon this weekend! We are very proud of her!
How did your running go this week?
What’s the next race you are signed up for?