January 24 - 30
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Sunday | Cross Train
If you remember from last week, I had 16 miles on tap, but I was in the office for a total of 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday, so a long week to say the least. I was hoping to have gotten some mileage in on Saturday night, but I was ready to close my eyes when I got home at 8 pm, so that wasn't even worth trying.
I pulled myself out of bed on Sunday morning at 5 to get in some kind of mileage before heading back to the office at 7. Because some is better than zero, right? Right.
6.3 miles / 1:02:18 / 9:54 pace
After that marathon at work for the weekend I needed the rest day (mostly from work!) but you do what you gotta do. I was grateful to sleep in an extra hour and a half compared to Saturday and Sunday's shenanigans, and enjoy an easy Monday evening on my couch. Delightful.
I also meal prepped some lunches on Monday night - a determination to feel my best going into Surf City next weekend. As of Monday, it's no alcohol, no soda, and generally watching my biggest flaw: the baked goods. It's been hard, I won't lie, but Monday was a good start!
Because I couldn't make Thursday's FF group run, I went Tuesday to get some social mileage in. It was supposed to be easy and only 30 minutes but with a little doubt hovering from last week, I wanted to get in an extra bit of mileage, regardless of pace. Well I ended up running with one of the speedies (pretty sure he was taking it easy for me) BUT I chatted the whole way and wasn't out of breath or feeling it terribly, so that's a good sign too! Boom.
5.10 miles / 46:27 / 9:06 pace
2 miles (19:15) + .3 cool down / Yoga 60:00
Thursday | 30 minute race pace
As hard as I sleep after yoga on Wednesday nights, it's equally as hard to get my butt up on Thursday mornings! I took the luxury of sleeping in. It happens. I also knew that I had another 12-hour day ahead of me, as we were starting the team debate of choosing our student leaders for the summer, so I anticipated being on campus at least 12 hours (final answer: 11 hours, 30 minutes!).
Since I missed Thursday, I wanted to make sure I made it count on Friday. Up before the sun for some wonderfully charged miles on the treadmill before work. I only ran 3, but upped each quarter-mile, and then restarted with each mile. So each first-quarter was a 9:31 pace, then 9:05, 8:47, 8:12. Perfection.
3.0 miles / 26:43 / 8:54 pace
Saturday | 13 aerobic
Friday night, pretty much as soon as I got home, we loaded up and made our way out to Phoenix (as I write). My college bestie, Tina, and her husband have finally officially adopted their cutie patootie twins (fostered them for 818 days) and Saturday was their big celebration party - so much love, so much fun! I'll have more to share on Monday! :) But if you want to read their adoption story, check it out here. I'm still crying.
BUT I had so much fun, I didn't get my miles... so it's a good thing I'm signed up for the inaugural Phoenix Women's Half Marathon (Tina's doing the 10K), this morning. I'm looking forward to running a half with zero expectations aside from having fun and making it a solid long run (that just happens to have a medal at the end). It feels like it's been awhile since I've gotten to run without a pace attached to me, so it'll be fun just having a fun, easy half marathon to do! More on that this week - but I'm excited!
And here in begins the crazy. Surf City is next weekend (if you're not registered yet, do so with code SCMJOHNSTON10 to save 10%) and that's the big half marathon goal race (so yes, you might think I'm a little crazy for running a half the weekend before, but I never said I was sane). The following weekend, I'm pacing the San Diego Mermaid Half (2:15) and then it's two weeks until Phoenix! Eep!