This week was the final week before I start training for the California International Marathon. Even though the smoke still lingering through Friday, this week I ramped up my mileage after last week’s down week. On the weekend, the smoke finally dissipated and my mom visited, so we had such a fun weekend – the perfect way to wrap up the fun of summer base building before the work of marathon training.
Monday: 30 minutes strength training
I will choose a morning workout over an evening workout any day. Even in my senior year of college and grad school, I preferred to wake up a 5 or 6 AM to work out. We strength trained early at the gym this morning, which made a significant difference for me. I really enjoyed the strength workout, especially all of the lunges. I think I prefer lunges over squats, especially because there are so many variations.
2 x 10 + 1 x 5 lateral lunges with weight
2 x 10 + 1 x 5 push ups
2 x 10 + 1 x 5 reverse lunges with weight
2 x 10 + 1 x 5 stability ball pikes
2 x 12 + 1 x 5 hamstring ball curls
3 x 10 cable tricep pulldowns
2 x assisted pull ups (5 for first set, 3 for second set)
Tuesday: 7 mile run
When August arrives, the sunrise gradually occurs later and later in the morning. The sun was barely up when Ollie and I began our run. I used my Knuckle Lights for the first time in months to illuminate our path through the foggy bog. After two miles, we met up with Ryan and ran 5 more miles. The air quality still felt worse than normal, but I felt so good getting back into my normal daily mileage after a down week.
Wednesday: 5 mile fartlek & 15 minutes Pilates
Ryan had a couple weeks off of speed work – first due to an achy knee, then due to the extreme heat and air quality last week – so I eased him back in with a fartlek run based solely on effort. After a mile warm-up, we ran 3 sets of 8 minutes hard with 3 minutes of easy jogging in between each set. I let him set the pace and just kept up, cueing the start and stop of each interval.
Our route forced a focus on effort rather than pace: the first interval was uphill, the second interval was through a windy, wooded section of paved trail that seldom has reliable GPS, and third interval was along a slightly downhill to flat stretch. Ryan ran his fastest timed mile – 7:11! – on that last stretch.
In the afternoon, I did a quick Pilates workout to work on mobility and core strength.
Thursday: 7 mile run
Ollie and I woke up early and ran not with the sunrise, but with the moon still high in the sky. We did two miles on our own and then Ryan joined us for another five. Poor Charlie desperately wanted to run, but the air quality was still at an unhealthy level and his short snout can make it hard for him to breathe.
Friday: 5 mile run
This was a “get it done” type of run. I do not know if it was a combination of heat and air quality or if I was not feeling well, but my breathing was too labored for the pace and my stomach felt off. I ran three miles with Charlie and two miles with Ollie, who seemed affected by the conditions as well.
Saturday: 7 mile run
Ryan and I intended on 10 miles, but we got a later start than planned and did not want to take up a whole Saturday morning with my mom in town. We ran for an hour instead with Ollie and tested out a new Ruffwear leash for him. The weather finally had cooled down and the smoke dissipated and we enjoyed beautiful, almost fall-like weather on our run.
After our run and breakfast out, we took my mom and the dogs to the North Cascades National Park. We found an unoccupied stretch of beach on Lake Diablo and let Ollie swim. Ollie was quaking with excitement over the opportunity to swim.
Sunday: Active rest day
We visited my aunt, cousin, and cousin-in-law who live about an hour south of us. Their house was absolutely stunning and we had a wonderful time seeing family. After visiting them, Mom, Ryan, and I took Ollie and Charlie for a long walk and picked some wild blackberries.
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Do you prefer lunges or squats?
How was your week in running?