Hiiiiii! Long time no "see". I had every intention of checking in on Wednesday and Friday last week as usual, and then, I just didn't. Instead, I tried to relax, tried to get a few things done, and tried to get some extra sleep. I spent the weekend enjoying the best 48 hours at home with my family and Mr. Sass. It meant another wacky week - but I made it work and squeezed my runs in.
I'm linking up with Steff to share my weekly training recap! Plus, as always I'm linking up with Holly & Tricia to share my weekend highlights!
The end is in sight! My long run today finished week 9 of half marathon training. 2 more runs and I'll be toeing the start line of the Boston Trail Half Marathon. These last 9 weeks have been a serious roller coaster. I've had some incredible runs, and I've had some runs that tested every bit of my mental strength.
Monday // Rest
After bachelorette shenanigans last weekend, I hadn't managed to get much sleep for a few days in a row, so no easy Monday miles for me, instead, I slept in, took a walk with a friend at lunch, and enjoyed the mid-day vitamin D.
Tuesday // 4.4 easy miles
The weather was crisp and cool this morning. By all accounts it should have been a great run, but I didn't enjoy a single step.
My legs felt fine, my pace was good, but I spent every step wishing I was finished. While I've wished to be finished on other runs this training cycle, it was because it was hard, this run, however, I genuinely did not want to be running. I finished this run out - but, blah.
Wednesday // 7 miles continuous - 1 @ HM pace, 5 at HMP + 20 seconds, 1 @ HM pace.
This workout was tough. I'm not sure if my 4.4 miles from Tuesday did me in, or if this was just a killer workout on its own. After my first mile (that was too quick, because I can't seem to slow down), my next 4 were also way too quick. And then death. My 5th mile at HMP + 20 was right on target, because my legs were lead. I stopped just before the end of the mile when I found a working water fountain - I was elated. My 7th, and final mile was right on target, but it took everything out of me. I woke up sore on Thursday for the first time following speedwork this go-round.
Thursday // Strength Training
No leg day for me. I woke up sore from my speed work, so I knew it couldn't be leg day. Instead it was arms and back.
Friday - Saturday // Rest
Part of Friday was spent driving to KY to see my family, and Saturday was spent celebrating Easter a tad bit early so Mr. Sass could be back in Pittsburgh for work Sunday afternoon.
Sunday // 8 mile long run
I considered doing my 8 miles Thursday morning, or Thursday evening, or Saturday morning. Mostly because the Sunday forecast called for thunderstorms. In the end, I decided to take my chances and leave my long run for Sunday. I lucked out, that while it was warm and muggy, the skies were clear. I headed to nearby North Park to get my miles in. With no pace in mind, I started my run. My main goal was to keep my route as flat as possible. It took me the first 5 miles to warm up. My shins and calves felt incredibly tight, and I just couldn't go any faster. By the time I finish mile 5, I finally start to feel normal, and like I could keep going. I finished out my muggy miles and headed home. Shortly after, the storms started.
No profound thoughts on this training cycle for now. I'm excited to recap it all post- race, and in the meantime just check the weather every 5 minutes and hope it'll be cool and cloudy.
Who else is racing this weekend?
How was your Easter?