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.
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!