I felt like I had a decent week of training. Again, I’m trying to focus on recovery and balance, and not running all the miles. Although I have found a sweet spot with my weekly milage (usually between 40-50 miles) at a slower pace (for me), I backed off this week due to a delightful head cold that I seemed to develop last weekend. #Blessed. I feel like a balloon. Or a cartoon with a big head. And I’m mouth breathing like the kid on Hey Arnold… I really hope someone gets that reference…
Anyways let’s get to it…
Workouts from the past week…
AM Run (9.15 miles, 7’37” pace): LOVE having weekdays off to get in a nice, comfortable, long run in. The only problem with having all the time in the world is that I had all the time in the world and ended up not starting my run until mid-day. Hi I’m dumb. Humidity + 75 degrees… struggle was real. But hey, it was done, and it gave me all the reason in the world to end my run at Starbucks : )
AM Run (5.26 miles, 8’41” pace) & Circuit: After much discussion, BF and I both think I should try to up my circuit training/lifting to more than once a week. Mainly because I was SO freaking sore after doing likeee 15 dumbbell presses. I clearly need more weight training, and to see any type of results, I need consistency. So as of right now, I plan on doing each circuit at least once a week.
PM Run (6.21 miles, 6’56” pace): So… this was supposed to be a 5 mile run. I got lost. Which was sad. Because I only realized I took a wrong turn when it was far too late and I looked at my watch and had an “oh sh!t” moment. Legs felt great, turnover was there. Another absurdly hot and humid run. When did summer arrive?
AM Run (5.01 miles, 8’29” pace): Morning after Run Club my legs are ALWAYS heavy. I usually turn my watch around for these runs and end up running solely on feel. This was an interesting run. Long story short, a homeless person attacked me. It sounds a lot more drastic than it was, but it scared the daylights out of me. I am totally fine. As I write this, I haven’t run outside since. I’ve driven home to run. I plan on writing a post regarding running safety, and how this experience was unlike any other I’ve ever had (obviously).
Total Rest Day
I would have liked to run a mid-distance run, but battling a head cold and being out “late” the night before, I figured rest was my best friend. I’m also not super pumped on running outside alone at the moment. I’m hoping to have some solid longer back-to-back runs at home this weekend, so the extra rest this week will only help.
AM Circuit: Totally planned on getting up and getting in circuit number two for the week, but I totally gave up in and slept in until 730. It was glorious and totally worth it!
PM Run: 5.13 miles, 7’44” pace. Kept it nice and easy. Hot and humid run
AM Run (7.3 miles, pace 8’22”): Planned for 10 miles, but after an exhausting week, I listened to my body and did a slow recovery run.
AM Run (9.01 miles, @ 8’15”): Again, was hoping for 10 miles, but after a long week and a fantastic late-night BBQ, I kept the run long and slow and comfortable.
Overall a decent week of workouts. I would have liked my weekly milage to be higher, but between not being able to breathe, being mauled by a woman mid-run, and not training for anything specific – I’m okay with ending on roughly 47 miles for the week, one day of circuit HIIT training, and one TOTAL rest day (don’t know when the last time I had one of those was…)
How were your weekly workouts?
Do you find running when you’re sick helps? Sometimes I feel like exercising helps, especially when I am super congested. But with the amount of fatigue I had been experiencing, and my cold moving into my chest, I figured some extra sleep would be for the best (that rhymed : ) ).
What weekly milage is your happy place? I’m usually at a little over 40 a week. Comfortable. No fatigue. No muscle soreness.