Week 3 – This week couldn’t have gone better. I hit all of my workouts and felt like I really gave it 100%.
Tuesday: 5 miles, with 1/2 mile x 4 at 5k pace, 1/4 mile recovery
I didn’t hit 8min/mile for the intervals, but I did hit 8:20min/mile and it didn’t feel THAT hard. It’s kind of a killjoy when you can’t hit your interval pace which is the pace I want to run 10 whole miles. But that’s what speedwork is for!
Wednesday: 6 miles
I packed a bag of clothes and went to Valley Forge State Park after work to run. It was nice to change up the scenery, but holy hills! I know hills will make me a stronger runner, but dang, they are hard.
Thursday: 5.5 miles
I went running in Valley Forge again after work. My legs were pretty beat from speedwork and hills, but I had a great run. I am going to try to run in VF atleast once a week.
Friday: 30 minutes on the bike trainer
I was pretty busy on Friday but squeezed in 30 minutes on the trainer after work.
Saturday: 10 miles
I’m glad that my long run was the same distance as Broad Street because it gave me a nice confidence boost. This run went really well. The weather was gorgeous. I ran a little over 5 miles into Fairmount Park and watched Eric and his team race. Hung around for about an hour then ran home. It was nice to break the run up like that.
I woke up early and got to the gym right after they opened. I did a mix of free weights and machines.
Weekly total: 26.5 miles
Week 4 – Another solid running week. I didn’t get to do as much cross-training as I hoped but did get all of my runs in.
Tuesday: Ran 6.83 miles
Successful speedwork! The plan was 7 miles w/ 1 mile at race pace, 3 minute recovery. The treadmill stops at 60 minutes and I didn’t feel like restarting it just to run that .17 miles, but I did really well on the speedwork portion.
Wednesday: 6 miles
I ran on the treadmill again and had another great run. I was able to push the pace a bit so I guess that means I didn’t go fast enough with my speedwork from the day before. Oh well.
Should have done strength training. Went and ate french fries and drank beer with a friend instead.
Friday: 4 miles + weights
I doubled up today since I took Thursday off. Ran an easy 4 miles then did some weights. I love lifting but I am in a rut right now. I should write out a plan and stick to it.
Saturday: Elliptical 45 minutes
Eric and I had plans of riding our bikes but that didn’t work out. I headed to the gym for a boring elliptical session.
Sunday: 8 miles
Pretty much a perfect run. I kept a slightly harder than normal long run pace but it felt good. Ran along Kelly Drive and admired all of the cherry blossoms.
Weekly total: 24.83 miles