We spent the last few days catching up with both sides of the family and lots of cousins and are home again today for church and dinner with friends. The girls had their share of treats so I’m keeping their Easter baskets low on the candy this year, with books and other fun goodies.
My training is focused on the next half marathon, April 30, so here’s how this week looked:
Sunday: 11 miles (up over a big hill, tempo on the flat and back up over the big hill- splits: 9:55, 8:24, then flat 7:13, 7:02, 6:57, 6:59, 7:45, 6:53, back up the hill 10:28, 9:09, 8:16) with 545 ft elevation gain
Monday: 4 or 5 mile walk + short strength circuit
Tuesday: 7 easy (8:40 ave)
Wednesday: 9 with 2×2, 1 @tempo: warm up (8:40, 8:03), set one (6:56, 6:58), set two (7:10, 7:00), last mile (6:56) with 2 minute jogs between, cool down (8:16, 7:50)
This paces felt so hard compared to Sunday, when I felt great at similar paces! It’s funny how each run can be so different. But I’m glad I stuck it out and finished and for the most part I stayed within the goal range of 6:50-7:00.
Also, at the risk of TMI, I learned I shouldn’t have both sauerkraut and kombucha the day before a hard workout. Thank goodness the path was relatively empty and there were trees nearby, ha!
Thursday: off and traveling to family
Friday: 6 easy, with hubs joining me for 5 of it! He’s not much of a runner and we rarely get to run together, so that was a treat.
Saturday: 15 miles of rolling hills (8:19 ave) with 8 x 30 second pick ups (about 6:10 pace)
Sunday: Dinner with friends
Monday: Easy Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake
Tuesday: Roasted Salmon + Brussel Sprouts + wild rice
Wednesday: Pulled Chicken BBQ + garlic broccoli
Friday: Homemade pizza + a cauliflower crust option
Have you learned not to eat certain foods before a hard workout?!
Do you find it hard to stick it out when paces feel hard? I have an internal dialogue about quitting and trying again another day but typically make myself finish.