This was a self portrait taken just after my long run last week.
Well that's another week checked off the list.
Felt good. I don't know why 8 miles felt like some sort of milestone.
But it did.
Next week is a bit of a taper week which will feel nice.
My next big milestone is going to be 10 miles. Which coincidentally falls on my 37th birthday!
What a great day that will be. My last long run prior to Vegas.
And my birthday.
I LOVE my birthday.
Okay so on to the recap of Week 8:
Monday: Yoga. Fail. It was Halloween and I just didn't have time to do it.
Tuesday: 4.5 miles, complete. I was a little nervous this morning. I woke up to rain turning into snow. Then it cleared by lunch time so off I went. It turned out to be an awesome run too. I felt really strong. Maybe it was that extra rest day.
Wednesday: 3 miles, complete. Another good one. All my weekday runs were done from work this week. As we slide into the colder months running at the warmest part of the day is a wonderful thing. It will be very interesting once we turn hot again how I do. I can't imagine I'll be running at lunchtime when it's 100 degrees outside.
Thursday: 4.5 miles, complete. I ran with a co-worker this day. A BOY *gasp*. He's a cool cat. He's married as well and his wife runs. While I actually really love my solo runs, normally I only run with a partner on Sunday's. But he's nice to run with. We run north on the trail, which is the opposite direction than I normally run by myself. He told me the first time we went out that he wouldn't recommend running north because he's seen more bums and stuff. So I never do. The other nice thing about running with him occasionally is that he pushes me to run faster. It's nice to know that I can run 4.5 miles and maintain my almost 5K pace the whole time. I was out of breath a lot with the chatting and faster pace. But it was definitely a confidence booster.
Friday: Rest, complete. I did a lot of shopping this day! Running Warehouse had 25% off of the sale price of everything already on sale. I got some great Christmas presents and I also ordered my anniversary present (thanks Honey!). I'll share my purchases when they arrive this week.
Saturday: 50m Cross Train, another FAIL. Seriously I need to work on this big time. Even if it's just going out for a walk with my daughter.
Sunday: 8 miles, DONE. Rebecca and I headed out feeling strong and ready for the 8 miles ahead. Rather than our normal 7am we headed out at 9am this morning. It was much warmer. I wore my newish Brooks running tights. And my legs were golden! I felt so warm. Not like last week when I was chilled to the bone when I got home. I was amazed and what a difference the pants were. I noticed as I was cutting the tags off last night that they said ideal for less than 40 degrees. I didn't realize that they were designed to be that warm when I got them. Or maybe I did and forgot because I bought them awhile ago thinking I was going to need them sooner. What a great purchase. These babies will get me through this Utah Winter for sure. I wore my coat this morning too and ended up taking it off at the halfway point. We also tried some Honey Stinger gummies. They were tasty. I liked that they weren't as gooey as the Clif Shot Bloks and GU Chomps. My legs took a LONG time to warm up this morning though, that kind of sucked. I don't think I felt truly good until after the halfway point. But we were also running into a pretty strong headwind on the way out too. That didn't help either. All in all it was a good run and I felt strong. It felt like a bit of a challenge that last mile, I could tell my legs were getting a little tired. But we finished strong. I came home and popped some Ibuprofen and am still wearing my CEP Calf Compression Sleeves.
Observations for the Week: Eating a egg white breakfast burrito in the morning before I go to work seemed to work really well for me this week. I wasn't quite hungry for another meal before my noontime run, but I also wasn't trying to scarf down a yogurt real quick before I have to head out to run. I'll keep doing that this week.
WOW .. we're almost there!!
Monday ~ Yoga
Tuesday ~ 5 Miles
Wednesday ~ 3 Miles
Thursday ~ 5 Miles
Friday ~ Rest
Saturday ~ 50m Cross Train
Sunday ~ 10K