I’m not gonna lie…this was a tough and whiny week for me. Maybe it’s because I expected too much from myself — or maybe it’s because I’m at the point in my training where I get whiny, but if I had to define this week in one word — it would be this one…
Sunday – Long Run – 9 miles 1:24/9:20 pace
This was a short run for us, but it truly kicked my ass. We started off at a 10:00 pace and then gained speed throughout. Don’t let the overall pace fool you — the last few miles were at an 8:30 pace! My legs could tell the next day – they were more sore after the 9-miler than they were after the 18-miler!
Monday – Off
Tuesday – Tempo Run (or Runs) – 6.20 miles 58:57/9:30 pace
You remember my two-a-day Tuesday, right??
First run sucked, Second run was MUCH better but I almost lost my dinner.
Aren’t you glad you didn’t ask?
Wednesday – Off
I was supposed to do my Upper Body workout – but I didn’t go to bed until LATE (thanks to running at night) and I couldn’t pull myself out of bed. Oh well, at least my workouts are flexible.
Thursday – Elliptical/Upper Body
I did 25 minutes on the elliptical and 25-30 minutes of upper body. I felt REALLY good (and STRONG) after this workout – so it wasn’t all bad this week. Promise
Friday – Sprints – 3.75 – 34:21/9:09 pace
This weeks sprints were 800 (and 10k pace), 600 & 400 (at 5k pace) — with 200 rest in between. I was supposed to do 3 sets…but things just went all wrong!
First, my iPod died. I used my iPhone instead – but it’s not the same (plus I can’t clip it on me). Then while I was grabbing some water after the first 2 miles (and the first set) the treadmill reset itself. Thankfully, I was walking. I must have hit a button or something. It TOTALLY killed any motivation I had left in me to finish the run. I was SO close to just calling it quits and hopping on an elliptical, but I talked myself into running one more set. It wasn’t a BAD run — I ran the 800s at an 8:49 pace and the 600s & 400s at an 8:20 pace – it was really challenging mentally.
Saturday – Spin – 60 minutes
We had a sub teacher for spin this week — and the verdict is still out on her. I liked her music, but the ride wasn’t a “ride.” It was a lot of popping up and back and switching quickly through positions 1-4. I don’t know – I like that it was fast paced (and I was definitely sweating), but I don’t think I could take her class all the time. I need variation — I need hills, sprints, jumps, and intervals. And I need at least one song where I sit down the whole time (so it can kick my ass).
Whine, whine. whine…
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If anything – they might help get you to sleep faster at night
I’m officially at the halfway point of my training!! So tell me seasoned marathoners — am I only going to get bitchier from here?
What do you find mentally challenging? (not mentally challenged!)