Nothing spectacular about this Monday. After a week with no students at all over the Thanksgiving week, it was nice having some hustle and bustle back around our office. Overall, less than thrilling, but a great rest day to get ready for the week.
|Started decorating on Sunday and Monday - no fireplace, so the bookshelf suffices!|
Tuesday: 40 minute tempo
4.5 miles / 40:34 / 9:00 pace
I was scheduled to get to the gym Tuesday morning - alarm set for 5:40 and everything. But, as I laid wide awake at 3:30 am, until nearly 5, I knew there was no way it was happening, so I sucked it up and went after work instead. With 40 minutes scheduled, I figured I could get in a solid 4 miles, but should hit above that to ensure that my pace was at least 30 seconds faster than my steady pace. I got to work the first mile and was ecstatic at my first lap. I'll leave it there - miles 1 and 2 were awesome, and I used the first lap of miles 3 and 4 as a walk lap, but booked it to the end of those. Splits at
Mile 1: 8:44
Mile 2: 8:39
Mile 3: 9:09
Mile 4: 9:12
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Wednesday: 7 miles
5.12 miles / 53:23 / 10:25 pace
Wednesday morning I managed to make it up and out to the gym at a decent hour. I was up and on the track by 6:20, so I had a decent amount of time but had to really push it to get in the full miles, shower and get out of the parking deck (beginning at 8 am you pay... and I hate paying!). Legs didn't feel heavy, but after seeing the first few mile splits, I realized that they were a little tired from the tempo the night before. I called it a victory to still get 5 solid miles in before the sun was up and called it a morning.
My students also had their end of the semester celebration on Wednesday night, their last meeting of the semester. They had a cook-off based by committees, and my co-advisor and I got to be the judges. Yes and thank you times ten - free dinner, but amazing job by them all! Bacon mac 'n cheese, peppermint bark, a gingerbread house... how can you go wrong? Check out the winners:
Thursday: 4 miles
4.02 miles / 38:15 / 9:30 pace
|Brrrr indeed! But awesome cold weather run!|
As much as I've loved Monday rest days, I think I've learned to appreciate Friday rest days even more. It didn't feel like much rest, however - being pay day, and obviously a work day, I headed straight to the grocery store after work to get my shopping in for the next few weeks (making a mad attempt to shop once in three weeks until I head home for Christmas). Got home around 7, unpacked, made dinner and laid on the couch. Finally.
Saturday: 16 miles
13.12 / 2:09:10 / 9:50 pace + 2.98 / 32:43 / 11:00 pace for 16.1 miles
After the half, came home and before I let myself go upstairs, ran the additional mileage I needed to get to my scheduled 16 for the day. It's rough running 13, sitting for 35 minutes and then running again. Whew! All in all, just over 2:41:00 for 16.1 miles on the morning. Almost exactly a 10-minute mile pace with the two runs combined, which I'd say is damn awesome. You can read allllll about it here!
11.01 mi cycle / 49:21 / 13.4 mph pace
|Happy birthday Molly! I love you!|
Total Week Run Miles: 29.74
Total XT Miles: 11.01
Total Week Miles: 40.75
Here I come December. Bring it!