Sorry for my late week 7 training recap–my weekend was super busy and I just didn’t have time to type it all up. But I swear I did run, and I’m gonna prove it!
I’m excited to share these posts with you guys, because not only does it hold me accountable, it also helps me to recognize areas to improve upon and provides a great visual to see how I’m progressing. Here’s how week 7 went down:
Monday: Elliptical & lower body strength training. I had Monday off for President’s Day and allowed myself to sleep in a bit, which was nice.
Tuesday: I had a surprise snow day! Since the weather was crappy that morning, I took my 4.5 mile run indoors. I averaged an overall 9:29/mile pace and made sure to foam roll afterwards.
Wednesday: Speed day! My plan called for a 40 minute tempo run.
I averaged an overall 9:05/mile which is awesome! However, my knees were a little achey afterwards–I’ve had my Saucony Ride 7’s for over 6 months now, and I think it’s time to think about replacing them. I also squeezed in some upper body/core work.
Thursday: 5 mile pace run. Oddly enough this one felt tougher than my tempo run the previous day. I think I’m just starting to get tired!
Friday: Rest day, thank goodness!
Saturday: First double digit long run! The weather was perfect–just about 40 degrees when I started out, so not too cold. I felt really good until about the last two miles–I think I was dehydrated. I didn’t think about bringing a handheld with me, but I should’ve especially with the warmer temps outside. The times I’ve had to do my long run indoors I’ve had my water bottle next to me on the treadmill and it made a world of difference, so lesson learned for next time!
However, I’m still really happy with my overall pace, especially considering it was rough towards the end.
Sunday: 3 mile recovery run. I slept in until close to 9:00, crazy! I didn’t wear my Garmin and instead just ran a familiar route for some easy miles to loosen my legs. The weather was so nice, it was insane I was running in a tank top!
Total Weekly Mileage: 26.91 miles.
Reflections from Week 7:
- I think from here on out I need to bring my handheld with me on my long runs. I also may start adding 1/2 of a banana to my pre-run fuel, and start taking Gu in earlier during my runs instead of waiting until I feel tired.
- Any suggestions for new shoes to test out?! I know I need a neutral shoe, and I’ve been eyeing the Brooks Launch and Adidas Boost, but any ideas are welcomed!