Oh, hey there Monday. Why do you come so quickly? Especially, after amazing fall weather weekends. Hope you guys all had the wonderful fall weather we did this weekend. Sunny + 65-70 the entire time. Perfect! If you need a refresher because hopefully you were outside enjoying the weekend, here you go.
- We celebrated our 5 year anniversary with one of Ulysses favorites: Almond Apple Cake.
- I caved and opened another can of pumpkin to make a delicious Pumpkin Banana Smoothie.
- We celebrated “Baby Z” at my friend Melissa’s baby shower.
Sometimes I struggle to figure out how to balance my food/recipe posts with my running/workout posts during the week. So, as I train for the Philadelphia half marathon at the end of November, I’ve decided to use Monday’s post as the weekly round-up of my workouts and how I stuck (or didn’t) to the training plan.
Here’s what the plan for this week was supposed to look like:
Here’s what actually happened:
Not too shabby. It was week 1 so I was pretty diligent about sticking to the plan.
Long run day. No excuses. I ran this at lunch time since it wasn’t really “long” and let’s just say I misjudged how hot it was outside. It was close to 80 degrees, I brought no water and I suffered through this run big time. I ended up finishing with a 9:12 average pace which isn’t horrible or anything but it was just a tough run mentally and physically.
The basement gym area was still not put together enough after the flooding for me to do my NROLFW on Tuesday so I ended up pushing it to Wednesday. Stretching was done on the floor with Ginger basically on top of me the entire time.
15 miles on the bike @14.4 mph average and NROLFW, not a bad day.
Oh, speed work. Thursday was freezing for September. I ran this outside with the help of my Garmin since the treadmill is dead and expected to hate this workout given the nature of it + the cold. Turns out, it was a great speed work session and I ended up shaving off 30 seconds from my intended 400 pace with ease. Guess I set the bar too low there.
Glorious rest day, enjoyed fully by celebrating our anniversary.
10.4 miles on the bike @14.3 mph average. I was supposed to do NROLFW (starting stage 3) but since I was planning to race on Sunday, I figured I would skip this to make sure I had fresh legs for the race. Well…
Woke up to the alarm at 6am and a house that was a chilly 65 and totally blew off the race. Sleep + a warm bed won out. This race was literally 5 minutes from my house but, they closed the road off an hour before the race started so I would’ve had to be at the start area more than an hour before just to sit there and wait. I’m really not a morning person, at all and that was just the icing on the cake. This is the first race I said I was going to do that I skipped and I felt incredibly guilty all morning. I blame the Catholic upbringing.
Anyway, I was still determined to get the mileage in so, around noon I set off on what I intended to be a fast 5K of my own. Check out these splits:
- Mile 1: 7:59
- Mile 2: 7:58
- Mile 3: 7:57
- Mile 3-3.1: 0:46 (7:00 pace)
- Total: 24:36 <—NEW PR! (by 3 seconds)
Moral of this story? I should’ve gotten my ass out of bed and raced! Serves me right.
Total Weekly Round-up:
- Run: 11.6 miles
- Bike: 25.7 miles
- Strength training sessions: 1
What’s your opinion: does a PR count outside of a race?
What was your best workout last week?