Otherwise I definitely would not have gotten up at 6:45am to run with mariahwantsmore in 30 degrees. She could only stay for half of it, but I ended up finishing with close to 3.5 miles at a turtles pace. Miles are miles though! It just felt good to be out there. 

I stopped to get a few groceries, and then the runger hit. I seriously hate how hungry AM running makes me. I meal prepped a MASSIVE batch of sweet potatoes and veggies to have for breakfast throughout the weekend (sautéed sweet potatoes in coconut oil, added red/green peppers, mushrooms, and a Jimmy Dean sausage/bacon mix I got on sale). Top that with yolky eggs and voila! Deliciousness. Proof below. 

Now I’m currently drinking some coffee and I’ve been working on my last big math project of the year. We’ve had it for nearly two weeks, but being the procrastinator that I am… I didn’t really start any of it until today (it’s due tomorrow). Oops. I have today off, thankfully, but after this I won’t have another day off for probably two weeks. Time to make some moolah for the holidays, y'all! Anyway, back to my project! 

(I’m 90% caught up on questions finally so if you want to ask me something, go for it! Just might take me a few days to reply). 

Training Recap

I have a pretty successful week of training not exactly what I was hoping for. But I made it work :] Lets get into it!

Monday: I went back to BodyPump. It was the first time I had back in over a month. It was nice to the the ol’ pumpers :] Sadly, our instructor never should up. Luckily for us there was a lady who teaches the class on a different night working out on the machines in the gym. We pulled her off and talked her into teaching the class. The class ended up starting late. We could not complete the whole class within the hour. So were supposed to stretch alone after class which I never did. Bad idea!

Tuesday: I was scheduled to run but I was extremely sore from BodyPump the day before. So I opted for some Yoga and moved the run to Wednesday.

Wednesday: My body was still sore but I did not want to miss my run. So I went out there and took it nice and slow. I actually do not remember this run at all. Strange! Anyway according to Daily Mile I did it and I kept a pace an average pace of 10.10 for 3 miles

Thursday: It was beautiful so I took the run outside. It was a great run on the trails. I did the three miles with a pace of 9:56. This run reminded me why I love running outside.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: I went to BodyFlow. It was the first time I had been to this class in over a month. I really loved it. I really wish my gym offered this class more!

Sunday: Long Run Day. I set out for nine miles. I went early morning before church. It was a beautiful run around Shell Lake. But It was hard. I think it was a combination of things. I did not fuel properly before the run. I did not have time to eat my “normal breakfast” and I am not used to running in warm weather. I do not like it either. But I supposed since I live in the Midwest I will have to get used to it ;] Anyway, I finished it and kept an average pace of 10.46. I am kind of disappointed in my pace but not all runs can be perfect.

On a side note, after yesterdays run. I have horrible runger today. It just seems like I cannot eat enough. Oh, the rough life of a runner ;]

Chicago-Hansons Week 10/18: Mid Week Check-In

I would show you an action picture of me scarfing down the almond butter toast I just had but…I ate it too fast. So instead, the tea I’m also sipping on. I have this weird idea that if I drink a liquid with my toast, it’ll expand in my stomach and keep me fuller for longer. Because you know, RUNGER.

On my 15 miler run over the weekend, I got the worst inner thigh chafing I have ever experienced. It was weird too because it’s a skort that I’ve worn many times (including the Marine Corps Marathon) and I rarely have problems. I can’t show you a picture of the damage because it’s basically pornography but holy God. My roommate was horrified. Other than that, my run was unremarkable. No one yelled at me, so that’s a plus. 

This week’s SOS (something of substance) run was my last “speed” run of the cycle (meaning track). Replacing them will be “strength” runs which are basically 1-2 mile repeats that are faster than tempo runs but slower than my speed workouts. We’ll get into that next week. So anyways, last but certainly not least from Monday: 3x1600 in 7:00

They look a bit of a mess. First set was way too slow. The second set, I forgot to hit the lap button when I started so it’s missing about 125m of data. The last one I totally thought I nailed but still came up too slow. Although, I feel like the second and third were actually pretty on point but the track is used by a couple of walking groups who…meander across lanes. Either way, it’s done and I felt pretty okay about it. 

Tuesday continues to be my Designated Rest Day and I love it. I slept 9.5 hours that night and the most exercise I got was walking from parking my car in a giant lot and walking between Target and Safeway.

And then of course, today came the tempo run. Eight miles with a one mile warmup and cooldown. I remember thinking how crazy this plan looked a few months ago: ten to twelve miles during the WEEK?! What is this madness and who has time for it? Answer, people who work from home and don’t mind giving up sleep and a social life. Like me.

 I started off feeling pretty good (see Elev Loss) but the last half got my glutes locking up a little. At one point I felt like I had too much up/bounce but not enough length to my stride. Does that make sense? Does anyone else feel like they’re spinning their legs in place and SHOULD be moving forward faster but aren’t? That’s how I felt by the end. Overall though, it wasn’t too bad. I just hope that five miles into 26.2 my legs decide that we’re already done.

Interestingly, I felt fine almost immediately when I finished. The weather was gorgeous so I think that helped.

The rest of my week is adjusted for my race this Sunday. I’ll be running the normal 8 mile run tomorrow but Friday will be 6-8, Saturday will be off  and then the 20k race on Sunday. That also means that next Monday I won’t be doing the SOS strength run (1 mile repeats) since I think the race covers that but a recovery run instead. Tuesday will be rest and then everything will be back to normal. This probably makes no sense to anyone but me but I approve.