holy crap–this felt like the never-ending week. between things being insane at work, running 32 miles and taking care of car stuff at the beginning of the week, i am beat! and now i am super depressed because it is sunday afternoon and once i go to sleep tonight the work week starts all over again. does anyone else get really bummed on sunday afternoon? i feel like the weekend really only consists of friday night and saturday.

this week i added an extra day of running to ensure i am getting a good balance of easy miles with my speedwork. i am not sure if i will keep the extra day in there from here on out or just throw it in there every other week. i honestly think it is better for my sleep patterns if i wake up at 4am more often than not, which totally sucks, but maybe by april i will be an early riser.

thankfully jenny is a talented writer and has enough thoughts to keep this blog afloat 🙂 i promise to pick up my blogging cadence in the next couple of weeks and actually fill in some of these blank pages. i started thinking about run outfit ideas while i was doing laundry yesterday, and it made me realize i have so much shit i do not use anymore. whether it is too small, too big, has been upgraded or was a shoe-buying fail i could probably outfit an entire track team. if you are in the need for something, hit me up, because i am probably selling it super cheap or giving it away! i also figured out just how jenny came up with our name…

lulushoerainbow
my lululemon and shoe rainbow… probably worth a small pot of gold.

 

what can i say–i like to be seen!

week: 2/2/15 – 2/8/15

total miles: 32
easy miles: 27
fast miles: 5
strength workouts: 2 spin, 2 strength and 1 yoga workout
overview: this week was great, and i didn’t feel as tired at the end of it as i did the previous week. i made it out of bed at 4am for the tuesday and wednesday runs, but i did have to postpone the thursday run until after work. i had originally planned for next week to be a cutback week, but since we are doing the hot chocolate 15k in nashville i have moved the cutback week out. i don’t feel so drained that this will hinder my training, and i am ready to keep going 🙂

monday
planned workout: spin
actual workout: 30 minutes spin – 7 miles and myrtl routine

tuesday
planned workout: 6 miles w/ 8 x 400m @ 1:52 (7:30 pace) and 400m recovery + the core strength routine
actual workout: 1 mile warmup @ 11:49 (139 HR), 400m splits @ 1:52, 1:49, 1:50, 1:53, 1:51, 1:52, 1:55, 1:52, and 1 mile cooldown @ 11:08 + the core strength routine and myrtl routine
course: purple striders and BGHS track – paved and flat for the first half and a couple of repeats on the track
weather: 20*/dark
gear: brooks pureconnect 3, lululemon tech fleece speed tights, reebok brushed long sleeved shirt, lululemon flurry fighter pullover, saucony balaclava, lululemon fluff off mittens, knuckle light, mace jogger, nathan quick shot
nutrition: navy beans and cheese sandwich for dinner, water in my handheld
how did it go? nothing like speedwork first thing in the morning to wake you up! i was absolutely dreading this. mostly because i don’t feel like my speedwork has been very strong lately, and i am REALLY hard on myself when i don’t hit my paces. the repeats felt really hard to me. i told myself after 4 i was going to stop, then i change it to after 6 i would stop, but i managed to get all 8 done. i did some of them in the parking lot and some of them on the track, but i think next time i will do them all on the track and use the lap button to ensure accuracy.

wednesday
planned workout: 4 miles easy + spin
actual workout: 4 miles @ 11:35 (139 HR) + 7 miles on the bike and myrtl routine
course: cabell and the bypass – paved sidewalk and rolling hills
weather: 32*/dark
gear: brooks purecadence 3, athleta polartech ii tights, lululemon first base tank, athleta cinch popover, lululemon run with me fleece gloves, lululemon fluff off ear warmer, knuckle light, mace jogger, nathan quickshot
nutrition: firehouse subs for dinner and water in my handheld
how did it go? i don’t have time to caffeinate before these 4am runs, so this kind of felt like a dream to me. i do remember seeing a man walking, and i was a little skeered.

thursday
planned workout: 7 miles easy + strength circuit
actual workout: 7 miles easy @ 11:27 (145 HR) + strength circuit and myrtl routine
course: downtown loop – paved sidewalks and rolling hills
weather: 30*/dark
gear: brooks purecadence 3, athleta polartech ii tights, lululemon first base tank, athleta cinch popover, lululemon run with me fleece gloves, lululemon fluff off ear warmer, knuckle light, mace jogger, nathan quickshot
nutrition: ham and swiss sandwich and pretzels and hummus for lunch, water in my handheld. no gi problems, but i had to pee the entire time! i shouldn’t have chugged water on the car ride home.
how did it go? i was really cold. i was probably a bit underdressed up top and could have used a long sleeved shirt under my pullover. i was dreading having to run after work, but that’s what happens when you hit snooze too many times! those damn hills were a nightmare, but other than that i just kept it easy and kept my HR low.

friday
planned workout: yoga
actual workout: 30 minute yoga
how did it go? i felt reallllllly tight. i probably should have aimed for 2 sessions this week.

saturday
planned workout: 10 mile progression starting at 11:00 and dropping 15s every mile
actual workout: 10 mile progression @ 10:57, 10:44, 10:29, 10:16, 9:58, 9:45, 9:23, 9:10, 8:54, 8:23
course: richpond loop – paved and mostly flat with some grade change
weather: 40*/sunny/windy
gear: brooks pureflow 3, athleta sting be free tights, lululemon swiftly racerback tank, adidas long sleeved shirt, lululemon run with me fleece gloves, c9 ear warmer, nathan quick shot
nutrition: chinese buffet for dinner, coffee and imodium for breakfast, 2 caffeinated shot bloks pre-run, 1 shot blok every mile and a half and caffeinated nuun in my handheld. no gi problems, but i did have to pee the first half of the run and finally stopped at mile 4 to do it in the bushes 🙂
how did it go? i was so nervous going in to this run. it was originally supposed to be 14 miles, but after looking at the calendar i thought that it was a little too early for such a long run and cut it back to 10 miles. i was really scared that once i hit mile 7 or 8 i wouldn’t be able to keep picking up the pace. it is AMAZING what a difference a good night’s rest and some coffee makes for my body. i found it HARD to hold back for the first 4 or 5 miles. every time my watch beeped for me to pick up the pace i would end up picking it up too much even though my HR was still low and i felt great. i wanted to go faster! i stuck to the prescribed paces for the first 9 miles and then on the last mile i gave it everything i had! i cannot explain how good it felt to end a 10 mile run with an 8:23 pace split. i had the hugest smile on my face for all of the cows to see 🙂 i love progression runs/fast finishes. they make me feel so strong!

sunday
planned workout: 5 easy on trails
actual workout: 5 easy on gravel @ 12:08
course: keriakes park – gravel and rolling hills
weather: 55*/overcast/windy
gear: brooks puregrit 3, lululemon hit your stride skirt, lululemon swiftly racerback tank, lululemon swiftly scoop short sleeve shirt, simple hydration bottle
nutrition: cheese sandwich, chili, fries and wine for dinner and water in my bottle. definitely had gi problems here @ mile 2.5. it is the price i will have to pay for one night of booze.
how did it go? other than the bathroom break it was nice to get some easy miles on my legs after yesterday’s workout. i tried out my new simple hydration bottle, and i will give a full review once i have had some more time with it.

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