Week 2 is now in the books and I had this on my schedule…
Sunday – 13 miles
Monday – Recovery 3 miler
Tuesday – 3 mile warm up, 6 mile hard pace, 2 mile cool down
Wednesday – Recovery 4 miler
Thursday – 3 mile warm up, 6 mile hard pace, 2 mile cool down
Friday – 3 mile recovery
Saturday – rest day
What really went down was the 13 miler that was awesome, which I apparently jumped the gun on and reported on last weeks training recap. Monday’s recovery run was a fairly easy recovery run and I felt better than I thought I would after 13 the day before. Because I hadn’t run that far in a really long time, I was nervous being super sore the following day. Tuesday’s run was one that was met with dread but then it ended up being good. I did good on the tempo, which was the priority during this run. I was pretty tired and had to do it really early because it was so hot and windy this week. When I finished at 8, it was already 82 degrees with 15 mph winds. Ummm, not doing that again.
Wednesday, another simple recovery run and on Thursday I just couldn’t get my head into the game for the second tempo of the week. It was still very, very warm and I wasn’t motivated at all. I decided to skip that and ran 5 miles instead. I was glad to get anything in during the heat. Friday was a 3 miler, that I switched to 4 miles with Mary Kate. It was a beautiful morning and I snagged this pic. I was so excited when I found on on Saturday after my long run that RunnerSpace re-instagrammed my photo!
I had switched my long run to Saturday this week because I knew we had a wedding Saturday night and that long run was not going to happen come Sunday morning as I had planned on the calendar. The long run on Saturday was dreaded all week long. I don’t know why but I was just nervous about it. I haven’t run far since last December. I knew I was running a decent route that included both great views, a lot of hills and hopefully it would be a bit cooler since it was closer to the ocean. It was a beautiful, tough run, but it got super hot by the time I finished. I didn’t actually do any type of fuel on my run, which is most likely why the last two miles were pretty tough, but I didn’t have any stomach issues. I drank water at mile 8 and mile 15.
Overall, it was a good week even though I decided to skip the one tempo run. I didn’t feel like it was really necessary with the heat. I’m glad I still got in a few miles that day. I am pleasantly surprised how my long run went this week and it gives me the perfect amount of confidence going into this next week which is a pretty big building week! I know if I can make it through this week it’s all downhill from here and then it’s race day. I’m starting to get excited about making it to the start line again!