Half of my training this week took place at the beach, as we neared the end of our vacation. The other half took place at home, after we got back on Thursday afternoon. Today I am back to work after a full two weeks off. Tough stuff, but that’s life.
Monday- 6 mile easy run. I kept thinking I had an easy 4 miler scheduled up until Sunday night when I checked my training schedule before going to bed. Even though it was only two miles further, it was a bit of a blow. My legs were very, very tired during this run. My calves were also so sore that I actually stopped two different times just to stretch them. It was a lot hotter than it had been on my previous vacation runs, and the humidity continued to hover around 90%.
Tuesday- 6 x 800m track workout with 400m recoveries for 7 miles total. This workout was really tough. My legs were tired from the very first 800m interval and I really had to focus. I actually thought about nothing but running during this workout and focused on breaking each 800m down into 200m increments and watching my splits. My goal was 4:30 and my splits were: 4:19 / 4:31 / 4:27 / 4:29 / 4:26 / 4:25.
It was a beast of a day to be out running around the track. The temperature was 90 degrees with 82% humidity. That definitely made this workout even more challenging.
Thursday- 5 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up and cool down. Once again, I ran a bit fast for my tempo pace. I’m supposed to run 10:18/mile (marathon pace), but I ended up averaging 10:12/mile. I’m still working on internalizing that marathon pace, which is the point of the tempo runs.
Since this was our last day at the beach (we drove home shortly after my run), I felt it only fitting to do my cool down mile on the beach. This was the only time I ran on the beach, as I don’t like it that much. It was nice for a mile, though, and nice way to say goodbye to the beach. 🙂
Friday- Easy 5 mile run on the Dora Trail. For some silly reason I waited until 5 PM to run, and it was 85 degrees outside. I guess I just wanted to feel like I was still at the beach 🙂 Once again, my calves were really bothering me, so I spent some quality time with my foam roller when I got home.
I met this cute little guy during my run on the trial. He looked like a Beagle mix, and appeared to be in his senior years. He had one blue eye and one brown, which was neat because I grew up with Australian Shepherds which often have eyes like that.
Saturday- Easy 6 mile run with Kim in the morning on the Dora and New River Trails. It was in the low 50’s when I woke up and I was actually cold after being in the humid weather at the beach for a week and a half! It warmed up to the mid-50’s during our run, which was really enjoyable.
My legs felt a bit better during this run, so I spent more time with my foam roller when I got home. I think it definitely helped on Friday.
I got really tired on Friday evening. I think my late nights and early mornings from vacation caught up with me. So I was in bed by 9:00 PM and didn’t get up until 7:30 AM on Sunday.
Sunday- 10 mile long run on the Dora and New River Trails. I had a really tough time the first half of this run, and averaged about 10 seconds slower than what my long run pace is supposed to be. But during the last 2.5 miles of the first half I was running on a gradual uphill. Once I turned around I started to feel better.
My pace picked back up during the second run, despite my legs feeling really tired. But then again I was at the end of a 41 mile week, which is a lot for me, so duh my legs felt tired. It was nice and cool out, at least, and Barry was out biking the trail and rode alongside me for a bit.
During the last 3 miles of my run it felt like my hydration pack was rubbing my right shoulder blade. By the end of the run I had a big chafe mark on my back, about 5 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. I can assure you my shower after my run was not pleasant. Ouch! I’ve run in a tank top with my hydration pack several times and this is the first time it has ever chaffed me. I think it’s because the straps had gotten a bit loose and the pack was moving around a little bit.
Overall, I ended up averaging two seconds per mile below my goal pace for long runs. I met my goal, but the run felt like nothing but a struggle the whole way.
Total Miles: 41 miles