Monday – Bike 5 miles
Tuesday – 3 miles easy/Strength circuit
Wednesday – Restorative Yoga
Thursday – Speed work 1600, 800 X 2, 400 X 2 (3.5 miles total with warm up and cool down)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 6 miles
Sunday – 3.5 miles recovery run
This past week has been a tough one! I just found out my current position has been turned into a full time position for next year. This is excellent news but I have been on campus almost every day with meetings and completing a ton of paperwork all while teaching a band camp…and yes, I have heard “this one time at band camp” more times than I care to mention!
Band camp is tough. The schedule is something like this:
8:30-10:30 Marching on the field
3:30-5:00 Full band
7:00-10:00 Marching on the field
I have it easier than the students because I only do sectionals and full band, but still that is a lot of time on my feet (and they have definitely been talking to me). This morning’s run was one of the slowest I have had in a while and felt really hard. I seem to have selective memory when it comes to Clarksville. I always seem to conveniently forget how hilly it actually is. I have another run scheduled on Thursday which is my last day here and hopefully it will go a little better. On the bright side, it was 66 degrees out this morning when I ran (ridiculously cool for July in Tennessee) and it felt AWESOME!!!!
Oh, and did I mention….I get to stay in a dorm room.
Last night was our final night of speedwork and we ended with a doozie of a workout!
Many of us were expecting to do another mile time trial to compare with our first one 8 weeks ago and be finished so my heart sunk a little when I opened the email that contained the following workout:
1600m, 800m x 2, 400m x 2
Holy crap! I HATE 800s…with a passion. I have so much trouble pacing myself in the first lap to hit my time goal. I either go out way too fast and then slow down or I am too conservative and kill myself on the second lap trying to hit my time. Oh, and what do they mean two 800s and two 400s after the mile?!?!?!?!
I got to the track after a really long and exhausting day thinking hey, I could just pick up my t-shirt, run the mile, and go home. (If you know me at all, you know these were just empty threats). I started the mile and went out pretty slow for my first lap then gradually started to pick it up. I knew I shouldn’t go full out because I still had the rest of the workout so I tried to hold back. While I will never be a speed demon and still finished next to last, I took a whopping 26 seconds off of my time trial! Holy crap, how did I do that?!
Sadly, the rest of the workout did not go as well. I finished the entire thing but I was under time goal on everything…by at least 15 seconds! The second 800 and 400 were even slower than the first but I know I gave it everything I had and hello? 26 seconds is pretty darn awesome in my book!
This chapter of speed work comes to a close but chapter 2 opens up in two weeks because speed work (with the same coach) is included in my half training plan…lucky me!
*Hopefully you get the oozing sarcasm because I am actually super excited about it! WAHOO!!!!!
Without realizing it, I decided to run The Women’s Half, The Middle Half, and Ragnar with only a week between each race…what can I say, I am an overachiever!
I have run 14 half marathons and 2 full marathons so far and did all of the training on my own (not something I recommend) but since I have such an ambitious race calendar coming up I decided to do coached training this time around. Hopefully it will (1) help me become a stronger finisher and (2) allow me to meet people who run close to my pace since everyone I know runs much faster than me.
Today was our first day of training and our first group long run. The plan was 5 miles and we all started as a group but soon we all split up. I ended up running the last 3 miles by myself – without music (something else I am working on). It was hot but I felt pretty strong throughout the entire thing.
Like the speed work, I think the group training is going to be good for me. Had I been by myself I probably would have taken extra walk breaks but I stuck to a 2:1 interval and still finished strong. What can I say? I guess I need accountability.