This week my focus was on taking it easy in the days leading up to the Charles Street 12, also known as something that I had been looking forward to the same way that almost everyone else I know looks forward to Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
Fun fact about me: I loathe pumpkin and pumpkin flavored absolutely anything. Don’t hate. More for you guys.
So let’s get down to non-pumpkin flavored business:
Monday, August 31: Body Pump. Nothing spectacular, but I can finally feel the chest track getting easier. It’s nice not feeling like I’m going to cry or throw up for those 4 minutes of class.
Tuesday, September 1: 3 miles on a hilly neighborhood route. One thing I don’t love about where I live is that there is literally one route I could take out of my house that is not completely uphill for the first mile and it just so happens to be my least favorite. Regardless this was a good-feeling run with negative splits. Probably because I was hauling down a hill on the way back.
Wednesday, September 2: Plan said 6, but I kept it to 5 and I did this on the treadmill with the speed set at the pace I hoped to achieve on Saturday. I made a note in my Believe journal that I probably shouldn’t hold my breath, but in the end I actually came pretty close to making it happen!
Thursday, September 3: 3 miles on the treadmill again, followed by Body Pump class where I backed off on my squat weight a little bit to give my legs a rest. My hamstring was feeling pretty good!
Friday, September 4: Some core work, but otherwise I rested my legs.
Saturday, September 5: CHARLES STREET 12!! There are a couple things I wish had gone a little better, but overall I am SO SO SO happy with how this race went! My legs didn’t hate me nearly as much as I thought they would for the rest of the day either.
Sunday, September 6: 3 mile slow recovery run on the treadmill. At first my quads were angry about it, but then I felt so much better. Also 25 minutes on the elliptical.
Total Mileage: 26.
During week 7 my mileage takes a big leap. Tuesday and Thursday 3 milers become 4 milera. The Wednesday 6 miler goes up to 7. Saturday I’m attempting 14 which will be my longest run since April. Then we are attending a wedding on Saturday night so it looks like heels with my dress are out if I am interested in being able to move around at all. Which I am because weddings are fun and this one is going to have a penguin at the reception because my friend is getting married at the zoo.
Do you like working races into your training? How do you feel about pumpkin?
I know you have my back on the pumpkin spice thing, Sara. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong…I love everything else about fall!