Last week brought me some fun running with good buddies. That’s always good for a running morale boost (after last week’s meltdown)! The pancakes that follow don’t hurt either. I have sprinkled in some of my favorite pictures from Friday’s run throughout this post for you to enjoy too.
I finished last week with 52 miles and felt great. Saturday, I ran my first 20 miler of the year with Nina on a not-even-close-to-being-flat course and I am not ashamed to admit that I walked a good bit of it. I walked most of the hills and the slick spots of the mountain where it hasn’t seen the sun and it is still snowy.
Nina and I were reflecting on the fact that we didn’t have our usual night before a 20-miler angst. We felt good coming into the 20 miler and it was really just another long run. But man, we were happy when it was done! I did 6 miles the next day and thought it would be tough, but it really wasn’t. My legs actually felt good and not creaky – SCORE!
This week I am determined to hit every single one of my workouts!!!
Monday- 6 miles easy + Yoga Sculpt class. I haven’t been to this class in a bit and I miss it. Looking forward to getting to it today.
Tuesday- 7 miles Speed Workout (4×1600 @ 6:59 pace w 800 recovery jog). + a Circuit class at the gym. I get 2 hours of childcare at the gym and I will use every bit of that time this day. I’m also going to a Jog-n-Grog with my running gals Tuesday evening so I will probably tack on some additional easy paced miles. I will probably end this day with 12 miles.
Wednesday- Spin class + Yoga. On my schedule, I have 5 easy miles, but since I haven’t had a run break since last Thursday I will substitute the miles for a spin class.
Thursday-Tempo Work. 2mi@9:00+20 min @7:30+10 min @9:00 + 20 min @7:30+ 2mi@9:00 + Strength Workout. I wasn’t at the gym last week for strength training and I could feel the difference. My strength training made a big difference in my performance last year and my recovery. So important for me to remember this.
Friday- Yoga. Ahhhh, a day of rest. Well, kind of. It will also involve pool time and trampoline time with the little man. I’m hoping I can talk him into a snuggle time movie night that evening.
Saturday- 20 miles. This run will have to be broken into 2 10 mile runs. I will run 10 miles on the treadmill so Noah can play at the gym, then Nina offered to watch Noah so I can run my other 10 miles outside. Woo-Hoo!
Sunday- 4 miles easy + Strength Workout. Noah has been wanting to go with me on my runs lately so I will have a 4 mile stroller run at a super easy pace in my future (as long as there is no snow). Then, we will just hit up the gym for an hour for me to workout and then head off to the pool for Noah to swim and flirt with the ladies.
Terzah wrote a great post about her experience with Old Mags and some of the other Classic Boulder runs. If you’re in the Boulder area, it’s worth a look for a long run. I’m looking forward to going back for a long run sometime this spring- hopefully when the wind doesn’t cause my head to rattle like it did on Friday. But that was okay, we ended our run early and opted to go stuff our faces at Tangerine and it was delightful, plus we were celebrating Kathy’s birthday!