I am proud to admit that I think this week of training went stellarly (not a word? Hmmm). I got all my workouts in and even surpassed my mileage goal (which was 17), clocking in at 18.9 miles for the week: my longest in a while.
Monday: 2 easy miles on the treadmill (6.0 mph), which felt great, followed by a terrible Total Body Conditioning Class at my gym. It’s been a while since I took a strength class and maybe I’ve been spoiled by my experiences at boutique studios, but this class was terrible. It was JAM-PACKED and the instructor gave almost zero guidance on things like form or what the exercises were actually supposed to entail. This woman was a sub and my co-worker swears by the usual instructor, so I might give this another try before I abandon it altogether.
Tuesday: Met Rebecca for my first morning run in FOREVER (big bummer that now it’s going to be crazy dark in the mornings again, which just makes me really nervous/unmotivated). This run was a struggle, but having company got me through 4.4 untimed, enjoyable miles.
Wednesday: Rest, and it was amazing.
Thursday: Speedwork with Beth, 4 miles.
Friday: A lunchtime yoga class with a friend from work at Laughing Lotus. I had heard great things about the studio and for new clients, they have a special for an unlimited month for $40, which I couldn’t resist. This class had more chanting and was much more of a power yoga class than I’ve taken recently, but I still really enjoyed it.
Saturday: Long run. I didn’t feel great — my legs were really tired after my first real week of training in a long time, but I got through it and even got to run with my friend Anna for a bit (she’s training for her first half, and I introduced her to Gu). I stopped my watch during our fuel break so I added a minute to my Garmin time (which actually said 8.45 miles, but Anna’s MapMyRun app said almost 8.6, so we split the difference and called it 8.5), which makes it 1:23:29, a 9:49/mile pace, which is right on target with where I’d like to be. I definitely went out too fast trying to keep up with Anna and was pretty miserable at the end, so I need to be more careful going forward about starting more conservatively.
Sunday: Flywheel class with my favorite instructor, Danielle. My legs were tired so I didn’t blow my power score through the roof, but at the end of a long week of training, it was a great shakeout, and no Flywheel class is ever easy.
QUITE the successful week if I’ve ever seen one. I’m not quite sure how this week is going to go — by the end of this past week, my body was feeling pretty beat up and I was just flat-out tired from not having a lot of time to relax, so I’m going to try not to agonize too much over what happens this week. My schedule is a bit up in the air this week, and I’m also mixing a 5K into my long run for Saturday (hopefully running it at or slightly below race pace) so I don’t want to have exhausted legs at the end of the week, so here’s what I’m going to try to fit in this week:
- 3 or 4 days of running (target mileage: 17-18 miles. Last week was a larger jump than planned so I don’t want to increase this week. Long run: 9 miles)
- 1 Flywheel class
- 1 Yoga class (or more, because I have unlimited classes. Any of you Laughing Lotus people want to meet up for a class sometime this week?)
- Some form of strength work, whether it’s just some push-ups and planks at home or some kind of class. No pressure here.