Twelve weeks down, six weeks to go. How is that even possible?! It’s getting so close.
- Monday: 4-mile run – 4.09 miles, 41:29/10:09 pace. Completed mid-morning, about 10 a.m., with Christopher pushing the stroller and me with the dog.
- Tuesday: Yoga – 35 min.
It felt so good to stretch out my body after a 16-mile run Saturday, a 5K walk Sunday, and a 4-mile run Monday. I did the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown routine, and I focused on doing the poses well and with purpose.
- Wednesday: Zumba – 45 min. Class at the Y.
I missed Zumba! After 2 weeks away, it felt awesome to shake it out and get my sweat on in a group-exercise setting.
- Thursday: 8-mile run – 1:16:39, 9:35 pace. Completed while the girls took their afternoon nap, about 12:30 p.m.
I hardly remember this run, either, except that, at first, I felt too cold, then later, I felt too hot, and that I struggled a bit with my breathing given the humidity, thanks to on-and-off rain and the threat of thunderstorms.
My splits show a very erratic first few miles: 7:52, 9:03, and 8:34, then a more typical several miles: 10:05, 9:56, 10:27, 10:52, 9:46. My RunKeeper map reminds me also that I stopped at exactly 8 miles and walked the last quarter-mile home.
I do remember, however, feeling totally spent and battling major gastrointestinal unrest the rest of the night.
- Friday: rest
Rest day, best day!
- Saturday: 12-mile run – 12.11 miles, 1:59:18, 9:51 pace. Completed in the morning, about 9:15 a.m.
After an inauspicious start, this run marked another solid long run for this training cycle.
It was more windy than predicted, so I started out chilled in short sleeves. It warmed up as the sun came out from behind the clouds, although the wind never died down, so I felt comfortable.
I struggled a bit with my breathing, but more so with my sinuses, nasal passages, and throat; I just could not manage to clear them, no matter how many times I blew snot rockets or coughed. I felt a little better, more opened up, after about 7 miles.
Christopher pushed the girls in the stroller, while I ran with Dexter for the first 6.5 miles, then I ran alone for the last 5.5 miles. We took zero walk breaks in that first leg, but I took a few to sip on some Gatorade during the second leg.
My splits reveal a very, very consistent run:
Miles 1-4: 9:21, 9:41, 9:48. 9:49
Miles 5-8: 9:54, 10:03, 9:30, 10:11
Miles 9-12: 9:53, 10:04, 10:35, 9:53
Nothing much more to report; just another 12 quality miles.
- Sunday: rest
Bonus: 3.12-mile walk, 51:23/16:28 pace. Completed with the girls in the stroller and Dexter on the leash, about 4:30 p.m.
On the docket for this week:
- Today –
yogarest (under the weather)
- Tuesday – 4-mile run
- Wednesday – Zumba
- Thursday – 9-mile run
- Friday – rest
- Saturday – 18-mile run
- Sunday – rest