Today was probably the best day weather wise for a run according to the forecast for this week.  Hopefully the forecast will improve!

The Basics:

Run designation: easy

Distance: 4.5 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’27” on average

Weather: mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks, windy

How did the run go?

I think if my hamstrings and glutes weren’t so sore from weight training on Sunday, I might have been a bit faster.   My second mile was ace, at 10’13”.  However, as I turned around at 2.25 miles, I was, once again, running into the wind.  Perhaps one day I will be able to go out when the winds are calm!  Overall, the run was ok and I felt pretty decent despite my legs aching.

And we’ve come to the last run of the week, which out of all of them happened to be the best one of them all.  I went out today with no agenda, just to run.  I left all the stresses of the week out there along the river and just tried not to think, just listened to music and let it all go.

The Basics:

Run designation: Long run, easy

Distance: 5 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’08”!

Weather: cloudy and mild; windy

How did the run go?

Like I said, this run was the best of the week.  Everything felt good and I felt like I was pushing myself but it was a good feeling.  3 of the 5 miles were in the 10 minute mile range, and I could tell when I had slowed down a bit on the 4th mile due to the gusting winds.  Overall, I felt really good about this run, and felt fine while running it.  I’m hoping this carries over to next week!

This week has not exactly gone to plan.  Our new cat, Alonzo, wasn’t well and he needed to go to the vet today.  He’s much better now, but it put me in a bit of a panic earlier today.  I was able to get 3 miles done as I had to convince myself to go and work out and that it would help alleviate the anxiety.   It did, a bit, but then I felt pressed for time and whatnot.

The basics:

Run designation: easy

Distance: 4.5 miles but managed 3 out of the 4.5

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 10’49”! 🎉 (much easier to pace as I was on the treadmill)

Weather: rainy and cool, hence the treadmill

How did the run go?

Apart from being anxious and stressed out, the run went ok.  I told myself I only had to run 3 miles just so I could get it done and have time to eat and shower before taking Alonzo to the vet.  Hopefully, next week there won’t be as many things going on and whatnot and I can get a good week of training done and dusted.  Luckily for me, I had done a practice run of half training over the past few months and have a good base down, so missing 1.5 miles really isn’t a worry right now.  If this were a longer run, I would have moved things around to get it done.

My first run of the week was on Monday, and it was shite.  Absolutely horrible.  I didn’t want to write or think about it, so I’ve put it off until now.  I had an appointment in Maryhill in the early afternoon, so I decided to run home from it.  I was meant to run 4.5 miles, but about 1 mile in I knew there was no way I was going to manage it; 3 was going to be difficult as it was.  I really didn’t feel well, I wasn’t well hydrated, and I just felt off.

The basics: 

Run designation: easy

Distance: 4.5 miles but managed 3 (a swap with Thursday’s run)

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 12’29” (average)

Weather: mild and humid, cloudy

How did the run go?

Like I said above, it was shite.  I wasn’t overly familiar with the path and I was worried about tripping over things.  It was hilly as well, and the day before was leg day and my legs were in agony so, it was just a bad run overall.  It happens.

 

My second run of the week was this morning.  I knew I needed to get out and back before the post came, so I hurried myself along.  Today was also my first run (officially) as a Doctor, as I received my Doctorate yesterday.  Expect a post about the day soon!

The basics:

Run designation: easy

Distance: 3 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’30 (average). Mile 1 12’25”, mile 2 10’56”, and mile 3 10’57”.  So other than the first mile, which includes my warmup, I was at goal pace!  Horray!

Weather: mild, windy, cloudy with some sun breaks

How did the run go?

Today’s run was much better than the one on Monday!  I felt good and my legs were no longer sore.  I was glad to just get out and enjoy a run.  I foresee tomorrow’s run being on the treadmill as it’s going to rain and I have some new trainers to try out.  Looking forward to it and my Pilates workshop tomorrow evening!

 

Horray!  That’s the first week of training done and dusted!

The basics:

Run designation: long, easy

Distance: 5 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’48 (UGH!)

Weather: mild but windy AF

How did the run go:

I was well fuelled and hydrated for this run.  The first mile is always a bit slow as I walk for a few minutes to warm up.  I felt I really got into my stride during the second mile, mostly as the wind was at my back, (10’56).   Once I turned around and headed back home, I was running INTO the wind and oh did it suck.  I felt like the wind was tripping me up and several times I tripped over my own feet.  There were points where I was running so slow because I couldn’t get up enough resistance against the wind.

I run along the river and there are points where I feel like I’m just running into a wind tunnel on a windy day.  That was most certainly the case today.  It felt as though I was trying to run in water; my thigh muscles felt like they were working overtime!  Hopefully I won’t be too sore tomorrow!

While I wasn’t pleased with the overall pace, I’m glad I went out there and took on the weather.  Hopefully someday I will be better at running in windy conditions!

 

How did week 1 go?

Overall, ok.  I definitely need to work on pacing myself better.  I foresee some treadmill running this coming week, due to the rainy forecast, so I can work on finding a comfortable pace for these easy runs.  I also need to work on nutrition and fuelling these runs.  The past few days have contained far too many Timbits, so I need to come up with a better plan!

Next week also sees a deviation in schedule as my graduation is Tuesday, so I’ve had to move some of my other workouts around.  There will be some double workout days in the plan for sure!