Last week, I entered my final year of competing in the 25-29 age group. My birthday was on Tuesday, although this week ended up being such an exciting and busy week that my birthday already feels more than a week ago.
I didn’t quite get in the mileage I hoped this week, nor the strength training I wanted to, but I did complete two stronger workouts. When life gets a little busier or stressful (even good stress), I tend to opt for quality over quantity.
Monday: 8 mile easy run
We briefly had plans for a last minute holiday weekend trip, but plans changed when we couldn’t find a kennel for the dogs. I took advantage of the holiday to get out on my run extra early at sunrise- which was actually a good call, since I quickly realized the route I picked was part of the course for the Labor Day Half later that morning. Ollie and I cruised along for 8 miles at a comfortable effort.
Tuesday: 2 x 9 min fartlek (7 miles)
Birthday run! I had never done any sort of special run for my birthday, but I wanted to this year. I wasn’t in the mood to run 29 km (just about 18 miles) but 2.9 miles was too short. But I wagered that 2 x 9 minutes could be a good birthday workout. After a 20 minute warm-up, I ran the first 9-minute interval at a comfortable 6:54/mile pace. For the second interval, I picked it up for a 6:42/mile pace, which felt challenging yet good.
Wednesday: Rest day
A late night meant sleeping in, and I ended up not doing any formal workouts, just a long walk.
Thursday: 5 miles easy & Pilates
I split this run up between the two dogs, running 4 miles with Ollie and 1 mile with Charlie. Later, I did Pilates and took the dogs on a walk. Ollie had to take his current favorite toy on the walk with us!
Friday: 11 mile long run
Unlike last week, this long run wasn’t one of those smooth and fantastic feeling efforts. This long run was work, but training is after all meant to be hard work. I was short on time, so I trimmed the warm-up to 2.5 miles. The main workout was 5 x 1 mile at half marathon pace with 2 minutes easy in between, followed by about a 2.5 mile cool down. I managed 7:10, 7:15, 7:11, 7:12, and 7:15 for the repeats – and considering how lackluster I felt, I’m really happy with those splits!
Saturday: Unintentional rest day
Ryan and I intended to run and strength train, but some things came up in the morning. By noon, we decided to not worry about going to the gym and instead focus on some household tasks, including donating our old sofa. But apparently, in the metro Seattle/Everett area, you can drive around for hours to multiple thrift shops (who promised you over the phone they were accepting sofa donations) with no avail.
Sunday: 3 mile hilly run & Pilates
Ryan and I took both dogs for a short run along the neighborhood hills before church. After church, I did a a Pilates workout focused on the legs and glutes. A good workout to wrap up the weekend before a busy week to come!
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Do you prefer to focus on mileage or intensity when life gets busy?
How was your week in running?