Grandma’s Training, Week #2 recap

Week #2 of training ended up feeling really good and really strong.  I’m loving the variety in the running workouts.  I need to focus on eating better though – definitely slipped back into my old habits of too many desserts and crap food this week.

Recap of Week #2 of Grandma’s training:

  • Miles run: 56.1
  • Pilates: 3 times (assuming I do it later today, as planned)

Monday: 6 miles easy (9:09). Pilates (abs) – ran in the afternoon in Buffalo, which I rarely ever do.  For some reason afternoon runs don’t feel like a real workout to me.  Maybe because I’ve been eating all day?

Tuesday:  7 miles w/ 6 x 300m hill repeats (9:12). Jen was right, it felt much easier to do the hills this week!  Maybe because I was doing fewer repeats?  Or because I’m in better shape?  (After a week, is that possible?)  My repeats were a bit faster, overall, and I didn’t feel like it was horrible and I was hurting until the 5th one this time.  Paces:   7:10, 6:58, 7:27, 7:00, 7:22, 7:17.   I’m dreading next week’s hill workout:  more reps and longer hill!

Wednesday: 10 miles easy (8:54).  I love getting double digits done before most normal people are even awake!  It felt so good and I could have kept on going and going.

Thursday: rest. 2.4 miles (9:26) and pilates (advanced). This was a planned rest day from running.  But when the kids and husband were unexpectedly gone at night, I decided to test out the new shoes and do a very short, very easy run.  Me time!  Woot!

Friday:  8 miles w/ 20 minute tempo (8:25). For the tempo miles, goal was 8:00 pace.  Hit it pretty good 7:56, 8:04, 7:44 (.5 mile). The pace on the whole run felt good.  The tempo miles felt like a good workout – I wasn’t pushing too hard and could have kept at that pace for more miles.

Saturday:  16 mile long run (9:05). This run was just “ok” feeling.  Not terrible, not great.  I met my goal paces (first 13 miles was to be between 9:00 – 9:30; last 3 miles sub 8:45).  It was FABULOUS to run in 48 – 50 degree weather and shorts and at an actual park, instead of in layers around and around the streets!

Sunday:  6.7 miles medium effort (8:42) I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do this at medium effort, after a tempo Friday and long run yesterday, but it ended up being ok.  Effort probably was closer to medium-hard.

A half marathon race is on the schedule for next weekend.  Yipee!

3 thoughts on “Grandma’s Training, Week #2 recap

  1. Theia

    It’s definitely possible that your hill workout was easier the second week. I find the same to be true DURING the workout… The first time I power (or lumber might be more like it!) up the hill, I’m dying. By repeat #4 or 5, it somehow feels easier even though I’m more fatigued. Muscle memory, perhaps?

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