Hello from beautiful South Carolina! I’m in my happy place.

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We got up Saturday morning, got in our runs and then packed up the car and headed out. I’ve never been so excited for a car trip. Plus, after our 11 hour drive to Boston the 4 ½ our trip down here seemed like a piece of cake!

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Let’s take a look at the past week of running. It wasn’t my best one yet, but we all have them right?

 

Monday – 5 miles

The goal for Monday was simply to go slow and try to recover from my 3 x 1 mile repeats on Sunday. Those were no joke.

If you are interested, you can see a breakdown of that work out here.

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The run wasn’t bad, just your typical Monday morning slow run.

 

Tuesday – 8 miles (Workout #1)

Tuesday was when things went south. I woke up for my workout at my normal 4:15 am. I started on my 2 mile warm up and could tell my legs felt slow.

I figured it was just my normal “4 am tired legs” so I just kept going with my warm up hoping that they would kick in during the workout, which they have in the past.

The goal workout was 5 x 1200 in 4:50.

The first one was a struggle but I managed a 4:56. I always find that the first set of intervals is the hardest so I did my 400 recovery and set up to the next one.

The second 1200 was worse. My legs just didn’t want to move and I did that one in 5:04. At that point I made the decision to cut it. It just wasn’t worth it. For whatever reason my body wasn’t recovered and I wasn’t about to push it.

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I finished out the remaining 4 miles slow and easy. When I say slow and easy I meant my body didn’t want to move much faster than a 10 minute mile.

 

Wednesday – 7 miles

I was nervous to step foot out the door Wednesday. I vowed I wouldn’t even look at my watch and even turn the vibration notification off so I’d take it easy.

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The 7 miles were in no way easy, but much better than I had felt on Tuesday.

 

Thursday – 8 miles (Workout #2)

Originally the plan was to do a 45 minute fartlek this morning. Wes and I talked and decided I should try to do cruise intervals instead to see where my body was at and go from there.

I didn’t have a set number going into it, I just know I’d do a mile around goal marathon pace and see how it felt. It wouldn’t be quite as taxing as really fast intervals.

I did my 2 mile warm up and then started in.

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I actually didn’t feel too bad. I ended up doing 4 in total: 7:26, 7:24, 7:22, and 7:24. It was steady and consistent. I felt like 4 was a good number for the day and I was running out of time so I called it a day after a mile cool down.

I was so pleased that this one didn’t feel awful.

 

Friday – Off

I was ready for my rest day this week! Since I do my Thursday workout so early, it gives me lots of time to recover before Saturday’s long run.

 

Saturday – 12 miles

I woke up bright at early for a Saturday at 6:00 AM and headed out to run. I needed to get in my scheduled 12 miles and be back in time to take my pup to her sitters.

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Overall it was a pretty good run. Tried to keep it slow and even though it was 6:30 in the morning it was still pretty humid out!

 

Sunday – Workout #3

The goal for Sunday is to try to do the workout scheduled. It actually is pretty mild so I may give it a shot. It’ll be my first workout down at the beach so I do keep that in mind as well.

It’s supposed to be a 2-3 mile Warm Up, 4 x 400 with equal recovery, and a 2-3 mile cool down.

 

That wraps up this week. Wasn’t the best week and I’m still testing my body out to see how it responds. I’ve been under a lot of stress this week so that could have played a big part into it.

Looking forward to a week of running and vacationing ahead!

 

How did your running go this week?

Are you a beach or mountains person?

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