- Run: 14 miles
- Deep Water Run: 45 minutes
- Recumbent Bike: 25 minutes
- Core Strength Training: 20 minutes
- Massage: 60 minutes
- Run: 9 miles
- Deep Water Run: 40 minutes
- Yoga: 20 minutes
- Stretching: 30 minutes
Speedworkout: 7 miles total
- 1 mile warm-up
- 1 mile @ 7:17
- 1 mile @ 7:01
- 1 mile @ 6:58
- 1 mile @ 6:52
- 1 mile @ 6:59
- 1 mile cool down
- 8 miles total w/ 10 hill repeats at the end
10 hill repeats
- 41 seconds
- 40 seconds
- 40 seconds
- 40 seconds
- 39 seconds
- 37 seconds
- 36 seconds
- 35 seconds
- 34 seconds
- 33 seconds
- Deep Water Run: 30 minutes
- Yoga in the Water: 45 minutes
- Run: 18 miles
Total time: 2:38:10 for 18 miles (8:47 pace per mile)
First 9 miles: 1:21:00 (9:00 pace per mile)
Second 9 miles: 1:17:20 (8:35 pace per mile)
Resulting in a 3:40 negative split
After a rough few weeks, I am starting to feel like my old self again! Thank goodness! My favorite workout this week was Friday’s hill repeats. In high school and college I was fortunate enough to have access to some very hilly terrain. I have always loved hills, and have run some of my best races on hilly courses. Since moving up to Lake Erie, my running routes have all been very flat. It dawned on me the other day that maybe I should seek out some hills to do repeats on since, well, the Boston course has a bit of elevation to it. Um, ever heart of Heartbreak Hill?
On Friday I had an 8 miler on the schedule, and decided to finish off my run with a few hill repeats. I was having such a rockin’ good time, that my original plan for 5 repeats grew a bit, and I finished up with 10. Whoops! I seriously wanted to keep going, as my times were getting faster with each ascent. It was a runner’s high like I haven’t had in a long time. I didn’t want to lose my hill-infused buzz, but I forced myself to quit at 10. Next time I hope to complete 12. I need my head examined.
Today’s long run was rough at first. It’s safe to say my overzealous hill workout left me kinda sore, and tiiiiiight. Damn you delayed onset of muscle soreness! Normally it takes me a solid 3 miles before I feel loose and good, but today it took me closer to 5 miles to start to get into a rhythm. I’m sure running in 10 degree temps, in the dark had nothing to do with this either. I started my run at 6:10 am so I could be done in time to take a quick shower and start the refueling process before I flitted off to yoga class. About that head examination…
After mile 5 I started really feeling great. Took a GU and Gatorade break at mile 9, and then turned around and headed home in one helluva head wind! Then at mile 11 something I never considered happened. The nozzle to my water bottle was frozen shut. Not even a drop of Gatorade would come out. So I stopped running and tried to twist off the lid. No success. I was so pissed. I wanted that Gatorade soooo badly! But I quickly gave up and gave myself a pep talk that I could handle 7 more miles without any fluids and I could get more when I got back to my apartment. And that, I did. Headwind and no fluids couldn’t hold me down and I was able to negative split! Take that running gods!
After my run, I ate two bananas, some Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and drank some Gatorade – maybe the best tasting Gatorade I’ve ever had! Took a nice hot shower, threw on some yoga clothes and went to class. I am SO glad I went to class, 90% of the time was spent focusing on our hips and hamstrings. It was like this class was designed specifically for me!
Post class, I always swing by my favorite local coffee shop and treat myself to something of the latte breed and an everything vegan cookie, but the shop was closed for a maintenance day! WTF
Trying not to let this situation kill my running & yoga buzz, I decided to see what eateries were open, and Agave Burrito Bar was! Oh happy day! Think Chipotle, but independently run and owned, where all of the ingredients are fresh and local when possible and beans are soaked and cooked that day, they don’t come from a can. Amazing tunes are always radiating from the speaker system, the staff is friendly and helpful, and this little gem is nestled in a quaint college town. So basically, if put in a ring, Agave would totally kick Chipotle’s ass.
I chose a spinach tortilla filled to the brim with black beans, sweet potatoes, corn, spinach, tomato-based mild salsa and guac. This bad boy was the size of my head and I inhaled it in T-10 minutes and chased it with mass amounts of H20. I seriously wish I had another one! I may have a tape-worm.
So there you have it, week 7 is dunzo, and 12 more weeks of training before I toe the line in Hopkington!