Odds and Ends, Training

My Bad, But Here We Go Again…

March 24, 2017

You guys, I failed to write yesterday, which I suppose means technically speaking my 30 day writing challenge was a bust, but like anything else (especially running), I’m picking myself back up and keeping this thing rolling. This is day 12, but I missed day 11 (in case you’re keeping count too). Yesterday, well, I don’t even know. It was busy, I got home from work and was so relieved that this week was almost over and that I would be sleeping in this morning that I created my only little party. By that I mean, I excitedly curled up on the couch to stay up a little later to finish my book. I live on the edge. At any rate, taking a few minutes out of this wild night to blog completely slipped my mind.

Yesterday morning I had a speed workout that was okay, but not exactly on. I was supposed to run 5 x 1K in the middle of my run at my race pace, but it was supposed to happen as a progression working down to about a 6:38 pace. My average pace for all 5 repeats was pretty good (6:40), but I couldn’t get the progression to happen. I felt like the effort was there, but my times were more like this:

(Actually, they were literally like that. I created this fancy chart from my actual splits.) I rallied for a fast middle repeat, and I book-ended this effort with some decent times, but I’d need to rearrange these splits to get the intended progression. Next time!

This morning I slept in, and was annoyingly more tired than the three previous mornings with super early wake-up calls, but I guess all those early mornings had finally caught up with me. Mostly it’s been a quiet day in the most welcome way. I’ve gotten a lot off my plate at work, and I can start the weekend with a little extra spring in my step. It’s also 70 degrees and sunny here today, so I’d have to try really, really hard to be having a bad day. My bike and I had quite the little joyride getting here this morning. Side note: biking does not feel easy, but I live in a hilly town. I am quickly learning exactly which muscles I never, ever activate in running.

This weekend I’ll be extending my Sunday long run to 12 miles, which I’m looking forward to. I love both speed work and long runs, but after last weekend’s race and yesterday’s workout, I’m especially looking forward to some longer, slower miles with music. I’ve already started plotting my post-run breakfast, which will unsurprisingly probably include pancakes, as it does 99% of the time.

I hope your day has been equally as relaxing and sunny as mine. Long run this weekend? Spring fever is really starting to hit me hard.

Happy Friday,

Sarah

 

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