Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Training - Week 11

This was a great week! I did so much this week, I'm not sure how I found enough hours in the day. Everyday was productive and moving forward towards the start of marathon training.

Monday I did a brick workout of an easy four miles and a strength workout. These workouts are starting to feel normal, which is a good thing!

Tuesday was a run bias workout. My commute home on Tuesday was really bad and I was not looking forward to working out. I'm so glad I did it. I was so sweaty and shaky when I was done. It was a really great workout.

Wednesday I woke up bright and early for another brick workout. I rode the bike for 30 minutes and then another strength workout. I actually really like these Wednesday workouts. I feel like it breaks up my week.

Thursday was another long commute home. I thought I was going to have to do my tempo run on the treadmill. Thankfully, hubs wanted to go ride his bike and that forced me to go run outside. Here was my workout:

1 mile warm up
2 x 2 miles @ MP (9:00 goal - actual 8:52, 8:43, 8:36, 8:02)
2:00 rest between reps
1 mile cool down
6 miles total

So as you can tell, my splits were a little off. I actually thought I slowed down on those last two miles. I didn't look at my watch because I wanted to try to feel my pace. Whoops.

Friday I woke up early for a three mile shakeout run and a 15 minute strength workout. It was fine, but I felt tired. Totally to be expected.

Saturday I met Maddie for a nice seven miles. I ran two miles solo and then five with her. The weather was amazing and I loved getting to run with Maddie. It was a lot of fun!

After the run I met some of the Western Pa Oiselle girls and we did some stand up paddle board yoga. It was different but a really fun experience. Yes, I fell in and yes I laughed. I recommend trying it out for sure!

The final thing I did on Saturday was CUT MY HAIR! I finally realized how long my hair has gotten. I haven't gotten a significant amount of hair cut off in about seven years. I cut six inches off and I feel ten pounds lighter!

Weekly Total: 20 miles
August Total: 16 miles
2017 Total: 669 miles

I am still in shock that marathon training starts in a month. This is crazy! I'm loving my decision to join the Elite Running Academy. I am learning so much and building myself up for marathon training. I do have a promo code if you want to join the next one. You can save $20 by using promo code RUNSTEFF. If you are in a running funk, need a reset or just want to learn some new things - I cannot recommend the Elite Running Academy and Kristen enough! 

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  1. Glad that you had such a great week of training. I love your haircut :)

  2. Great week of training! It looks like you are back & ready for marathon training :)
    How much fun was the paddle boarding? That's been on my list of things to do for the last two years lol.

  3. Nice job keeping up with all the strength training! And working out after a long commute takes a lot of dedication--kudos! I haven't gotten my hair cut because I'm too lazy to go into the salon. That's the bad thing about long hair--I don't "need" to cut it like I did when I had short hair, so I just never cut it! But I think I'm due for a cut too.

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