|Despite the cold temps, the trees still bloomed|
Welcome to another Weekly Review linkup with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. Last week, I was still training for the ORRRC Half, which was Sunday. I'll post my race recap soon but for now here's a look at the week leading up to the race:
Week of April 4-10
Tuesday: 3 miles, 8:22 pace + arm exercises
Wednesday: 2 miles, 8:34 pace
Saturday: 2.1 miles, 9:02 pace
Sunday: ORRRC Half Marathon, 1:58:16 (!)
Total: 20.2 miles
2016 total: 330.6
|Tobias helps with dinner|
I went out for a 3 miler on Tuesday and did two things wrong: I overdressed and chose a route full of traffic. My pace looks great, but it's because I could stop and catch my breath at intersections. I'm trying to do more arm work, so I did my favorite Tracy Anderson workout. It's only 8 minutes and I swear: if you do it 2-3 times a week you will see a difference within 2 weeks. I did it a lot in the spring of 2012 and I had nice arms.
On Wednesday Alex and I went to a nearby hilly neighborhood so I could get in some last minute hill training. The temperature was 59 (probably the warmest day of the week) and I felt great running in shorts and a light t-shirt. We ran down two big hills then back up. It was only 2 miles, but it was a quality workout. I had to stop for a breath at the top of both hills, but overall I felt strong. I plan to add more hill work before my next two (hilly) halves.
|Tobias helps with chores. (Before shot)|
I woke up Saturday with a terrible migraine. I think it was weather related as the temperature dropped significantly. I took allergy meds (and migraine pills eventually), but it was a rough morning. Honestly, I was thankful I was getting it out of my system Saturday instead of race day! I waited until it warmed up to 30 degrees and got suited up for a 2 mile shakeout run. I added pace alerts to my Garmin to keep me between 8:40 and 9:15 to see if that was something I'd want to try Sunday (it wasn't. It was way too annoying). For some reason this run was tough. I felt gross, heated up too quickly, and on top of everything had lady cramps and my ankle hurt! I felt like walking and it was only 2 miles! Obviously, I was a bit nervous going in to Sunday. I wrapped and iced my ankle after and hoped for the best...
|Hey guys, did I bring enough stuff? (I don't normally do this.)|
We drove to Xenia for packet pickup on Saturday afternoon. After grabbing Chipotle, we went back to our hotel in Cedarville (a great place to stay) and binge-watched HGTV. We went out again for milkshakes, then returned and watched The Day After Tomorrow as I laid out my clothes for the race. It was really nice to sit around and not have plans.
I achieved my goal of sub-2, which I'm very happy about. Of course, my overall pace was 9:01/mi and now I'm like, "Well if I would have shaved off a few more seconds I could have had a pace in the 8s...." Whatever! I plan to revise my sub-2 goal at my favorite race (Loveland Half), but that's not 'til October, so I have time to relax!
I know some people get taper madness, but not me. This was a good week and I am ready for a break from schedule-based running! I'm really looking forward to the upcoming week and running whatever I want, whenever I want! My next half is RnR Nashville, but as I'm running for fun I don't have to train too hard.
How was your week?
Do you overpack for running trips?
Do you have a quick (under 10 minute) non-running exercise you'd like to share?