|From Tuesday's run|
Week of Nov 30-Dec 6Monday: 4 miles, 8:28 pace
Tuesday: 2.5 miles, 7:55 pace (with breaks)
Wednesday: 5 miles, 8:33 pace (with breaks)
Thursday: 1 mile, 7:59
Friday: 3 miles, 8:54 pace
Saturday: 1 mile, 8:00
Sunday: 1 mile, 7:37 (woo!!)
Total: 17.7 mi
|Monday's unintentional "progression" run|
I was a lazy this week and only ran once before work. Whoops. My weekly total should have been 21 miles and normally I'd feel guilty, but I've been nailing my workouts over the past month. My current plan is more advanced and has me running 5 times a week. Last December I was lucky if I fit in 2 runs a week. When I began running more regularly this summer, I ran 3-4 per week. So I'm feeling pretty good about where I am, despite the laziness.
As I've mentioned in previous weeks, I'm in the middle of a run streak. (Today is day 36). The streak is cool because if I'm not in the mood to run I tell myself to run a mile and more often than not I finish my scheduled workout. I left work early on Monday to run, felt like crap, but ended up running a strong 4 miler with minimal stops for traffic. It felt great.
|We got to see Christmas lights while running in shorts and a tee shirt!|
On Tuesday Alex wanted to go downtown to run along the river and get in some stair training for our upcoming stair climb (I hit my donation goal in 1 day!). I did a bit on the steps, but I mostly stopped to take photos of the skyline as he ran steps. Between stops we ran together. As I've mentioned before he's really fast, but we stuck together for a few miles. He said he could tell I was getting faster. I ran 2.5 miles instead of 5, but it was a tough workout. I'd like to run with him on a weekly basis, but hopefully I can plan it out so that I'm not cutting distance.
I honestly don't remember Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday's runs so they must have been awesome. My week started to get crazy with work and side work (illustrations for a children's book). I had a client meeting Saturday and an out of town friend, so Saturday's 5 became a quick mile.
|Tobias's new hangout spot|
On Sunday, Alex volunteered to bike 5 miles while I ran, but by the time he got home from his side work (tree work) he was pooped. I spent the day decorating our house, cleaning, doing laundry, and getting rid of stuff and was kind of relieved he didn't want to go! I haven't had a productive house day in eons! His sister came over for a bit and said some really nice things about my running (eeee!) and I think her words carried my along on my fastest mile. Crazies part? It felt good and relatively natural. I'm enjoying these one mile days as their own separate challenge. I thought they'd be a waste of effort, but I'm getting a lot out of them.
Here's a snippet that resonated with me from an article about Sarah 'Mac' Robinson and her experience with a run streak:
"...Robinson soon found herself hooked on the one-mile rest days.
'The first time I did a mile run, I thought, "This is so silly." I didn’t think I’d get any benefit from it mentally or otherwise,' Robinson said. 'But the fresh air felt really nice, and it did nothing to strain my body. And after marathon training, I didn’t expect to feel a hit of the runner’s high after a mile.'”
I hope you all had a lovely week! I need to send out some secret Santa/blogger gifts this week. Are you participating in any gift exchanges this season?